Black bear cub nibbling berries at Glacier National Park, Montana

RV Photo Shoot: The Animals of the West

I’ve spent much of the past few weeks editing and distilling down the 2,800-plus photos I’ve taken on our western trips over the past couple of years 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

I have truly embraced photography now as my main hobby and as we traveled through the western states,  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 Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL – 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 and 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 trips west.

Wyoming horses

Horses on a ranch north of Dubois, Wyoming. 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, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

 

Bull Moose, Glacier National Park, Montana

Bull Moose, Glacier National Park, Montana

 

Mule deer doe, Glacier National Park, Montana

Mule deer doe, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

 

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

  • https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.hammonds.14 Carolyn Hammonds

    Cool!

  • https://www.facebook.com/dallas.stone.98 Dallas Stone

    Great pictures…..want to share your camera gear?

  • https://www.facebook.com/Roadtreking Roadtreking

    Here’s a list of all my gear http://roadtreking.com/my-gear/

  • http://www.roadtrekgirl.blogspot.com Sandy Moran

    Beautiful shots….are you lusting after the same lens ? The Canon EF 400 f2.8 ? Just have to win the lottery ! Happy Trails and safe travels

  • https://www.facebook.com/jessy.stevenson.3 Jessy Stevenson

    Stunning pictures, thanks!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kay.lefevre Kay LeFevre

    Got the II, want the III !

  • Jeff

    Love that pic of Tai

  • Lisa E

    Beautiful pics. Go get ’em Tai!

  • 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.

  • http://www.rvda.org Julie

    I think the one of the horses is my absolute favorite. The colors are so striking . . beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  • Emily

    Gorgeous photos! You have a good eye (and good equipment). Thanks for sharing!

  • Amy Jean Cleary Swann

    Great photos! I especially like the cub, moose and marmot!