The Greater Yellowstone Area has been called the Serengeti of North America. It is home to large herds of majestic grazing animals, as well as the predators that prey on them. When you add to that the raw scenic beauty you have a truly epic place.
The Lamar Valley, Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful, The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the Tetons, each of these is a destination onto itself. Yellowstone and the Tetons are indeed very big places with a lot of different things to photograph, from all the amazing wildlife opportunities to the waterfalls, geothermal features, and of course the scenic beauty of the parks. There is simply a lot to see and photograph in the area. For this reason we have designed this trip with nine full days to see and explore the parks.
Having been to the area over a dozen times, this trip coincides with our absolute favorite time of the year to be in the parks. At this time of year most of the tourists have left the parks, the cottonwood will be in full color, the valleys will be echoing with the call of majestic bull elk, and the bighorn sheep should be low enough on Mount Kill-a-Photographer to warrant a walk up to photograph them. At this time we may even have a picturesque dusting of snow to add drama to our Teton scenics.
It was my dream come true to have been the Artist in Residence as a photographer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for six weeks from September through November of 2016. I have been to the park many times and I would never have imagined having this opportunity. My background as a natural resource manager for 26 years along with my passion for photography helped to secure the chance to take photographs for an entire season in one of the most picturesque national parks. For me, it was about more than just taking photos. I wanted to take the time to gain a greater understanding of the park.