My favorite time of year is almost here, Fall in Grand Teton National Park. There are almost unlimited landscape photo opportunities with the Aspen and Cottonwood trees turning gold, against the backdrop of the majestic Tetons. The light stays warmer longer, and the skies are a deeper blue. Animals are much more active as the temperature cools, and can be very accessible. Fall is the perfect time of year for a Grand Teton wildlife tour.
The first big wildlife event of the Fall Season is the Elk rut. Typically, Elk are out grazing during the very low light conditions of early morning and late dusk, but during the mating season they tend to stay out of the trees longer during the golden hours of light. In addition to the wonderful visuals, there is nothing quite like hearing a big Bull Elk bugle!
While the Bull Moose have started to leave the river bottoms already, the best time to see and photograph them begins in early October and continues until they shed their antlers in mid January. They can be very approachable, and I really love the clean backgrounds that occur when the Moose gather in the open Sage meadows.
If you are interested in exploring Grand Teton National Park during the magical Fall season, I hope you can join me on a Grand Teton wildlife tour. You’ll be sure to have the best opportunity to get some amazing wildlife and landscape shots. All tours are private and can be customized. Please see information and our typical itinerary here.