Black bear cub nibbling berries at Glacier National Park, Montana

RV Photo Shoot: The animals of the West

I’ve spent much of the weekend editing and distilling down the 1,386 photos I took on our recent trip west and thought I’d share my top 12 favorite photos of  the animals of the West with you.

Me, Jennifer and Tai at ake McDonald, Glacier National Park

Me, Jennifer and Tai at Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

This has been the year that I have truly embraced photography as my main hobby and as we traveled to my two favorite states – Montana and Wyoming –  I’ve realized that landscape and wildlife photography are the photo specialties I enjoy the most.

I have a lot to learn about this hobby. And, alas, more gear to buy. Man, photography is just as expensive as RVing. The next lens I want costs $10,000!

That lens may never get bought. But thanks to our Roadtrek Etrek – which Jennifer calls our “Adventuremobile” – I am able to get to some pretty remote places and see some beautiful creatures.

(If you want to see an updated list of all the photo an tech gear I use, click here.)

I’m now planning photo RV trips for the fall colors, to get migrating waterfowl and winter landscapes. The mobility and ease of navigation of our Class B motorhome makes it ideal for outdoor photographers. From winding, steep mountain roads, to dusty, bumpy backwoods trails, our Roadtrek is indeed an “Adventuremobile.”

As an added bonus, it makes a pretty comfortable shooting blind to get really close to the critters.

So… here are my twelve favorite animal pics from our trip west this year.

Wyoming horses

Horses on a ranch north of Dubois, WY. While not technically wildlife, they were stunningly beautiful. They kept nuzzling me as I snapped photos.

Mountain Goats at Glacier National Park

Mountain Goats at Glacier National Park, Montana

Wyoming Grizzly being protected from road traffic in the Grand Teton National Park

Young Wyoming Grizzly being protected from road traffic in the Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Wyoming Elk

Bull Elk, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

 

Montana Bison

Bison, National Bison Range, Montana

 

 

Black bear cub nibbling berries at Glacier National Park, Montana

Black bear cub nibbling berries and keeping one wary eye on me at Glacier National Park, Montana

Bighorn Seep - Glacier National Park, Montana

Bighorn Sheep, Glacier National Park, Montana

 

Bull Moose, Glacier National Park, Montana

Bull Moose, Glacier National Park, Montana

 

Mule deer doe, Glacier National Park, Montana

Mule deer doe, Glacier National Park, Montana

 

Pronghorn Antelope, National Bison Range, Montana, Animals of the West

Pronghorn Antelope, National Bison Range, Montana

Flower-eating Marmot, Montana

Flower-eating Marmot, Montana

 

Tai, treeing a squirrel alomg a mountain stream near Togwotee Pass, Wyoming

Tai, treeing a squirrel along a mountain stream near Togwotee Pass, Wyoming


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11 comments

  1. Doc

    Great pics Mike. Wildlife photography is something I’d like to do more of too.

    Jennifer’s going to hate me but…Art Wolfe offers some great photo workshops that teaches a lot about wildlife photography. Art is so good he can command a lot of money for his workshops too.

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