Grand Tetons Autumn Wildlife

tetons_jaredlloyd_07 This is a land forged by fire and carved by ice. Over the millennia, these competing elements have pushed and pulled, shaped and molded this region into a place of profound beauty and diversity. This is an ecosystem that still boasts every member of its community that existed before Columbus ever set sail. The valley has become known as the Serengeti of America; the mountains, America’s Alps. Jackson Hole and Grand Tetons National Park is a lost world, preserved in time, standing in all of its raw and untamed beauty waiting to capture the minds and imaginations of artists.

Autumn in Jackson Hole is legendary. Drunk off of their own hormones and the universal need to pass on their genes to the next generation, moose, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, and bison are at the peak of their ancient battle royal. Autumn is the time of action. If you have ever dreamed of photographing moose, whose antlers tower some 9 plus feet above the landscape, as they square off with rival males than this is when and where you need to be. If you have ever fantasized about capturing the pheromone induced insanity of a bull elk calling in all would be rivals to challenge him one after another for his harem of females, than Jackson Hole is where you need to be.

On this photographic workshop and safari, we will concentrate on the big five of Jackson Hole – moose, elk, pronghorn, bison, and bears. Though these will be our primary interest, an infinite number of other possibilities may arise from wolves to great grey owls. That is what makes photographing in Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons so spectacular; this is a land of possibilities. No two trips to the valley to photograph are the same.

Although we will eat our meals as a group, meals costs are not included in this tour.

NOTE: This workshop may be combined with the Utah Canyon Lands Photo Workshop

WILDSIDE NATURE TOURS IS AN AUTHORIZED PERMITTEE OF GRAND TETONS NATIONAL PARK

  • Workshop Cost
  • 2014 Cost

    $2700 from Jackson, WY (includes lodging)

     

    Prices are per person double occupancy. If a single room is preferred or a suitable roommate is not available a single supplement fee of $300 will be charged.

     

    Included in the Tour Cost

    All ground transportation, including transfers from arrival airport. All accommodations. All entrance fees.

     

    Not Included in the Tour Cost

    Air travel, passport fees, luggage fees, meals, trip insurance, alcoholic beverages, bottled beverages, departure taxes, phone calls, laundry, or other items of a personal nature.

  • Itinerary
  • - Accommodations and local transportation during workshop included. Transportation to/from workshop is not included.

     

    - MEALS: Although we will eat as a group, meal costs are not included.

     

    Itinerary

     

    Day 1 – Arrive in Jackson Hole and check into hotel.

    We will meet this evening for dinner and a meet and greet. Here we will also discuss the coming week, photography strategies, logistics, and expectations.

     

    Day 2 – Southeast

    This first day we will concentrate our time and energy in the south eastern section of Jackson Hole which will include the National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park, and Bridger-Teton National Forest. Key areas will include Mormon Row, Antelope Flats, the Gros Ventre River and Mountains, and Shadow Mountain. This first day will provide us with a classic Jackson Hole and Grand Teton experience. Stunning landscapes with sweeping vistas of the Tetons, classic images of the old Mormon barns and cabins with the Tetons in the background, bison and calves, pronghorn, moose, big horn sheep, wildflowers galore, and several lesser known areas of the valley that are a treasure trove of images waiting to be created.

     

    Day 3 – The Snake

    On our third day, we will start the morning off with a breathe taking sunrise shoot of the Tetons with reflections in the Snake River. Afterword, we will make our way to the northern section of the valley to begin a float trip down the Snake River in search of moose, bears, bald eagles, elk, and a unique perspective of the region unseen by 99.99% of photographers!

     

    Day 4 – The North

    Our fourth day will start off at the northern end of the valley at Oxbow Bend for another classic sunrise. We will then venture off into lesser traveled areas in search of wildflowers, macro photography, bears, wolves, elk, and scenics.

     

    Day 5 – Moose Wilson and the steps of the Tetons

    We will begin our morning along this wildlife hotspot that provides us with some of our best opportunities for black bears and classic images of moose wading out in the water to feed as well as elk calves in aspen groves. This day will be somewhat flexible and depending upon weather and other wildlife sightings that we receive from our biologists contacts in the park, we could end up anywhere this day!

     

    Day 6 – Jenny Lake and Waterfalls

    We take a boat ride across Jenny Lake to the Cascade Canyon for a half mile hike to Hidden Falls. This will depend heavily upon the group and the snow pack up in the Tetons. This excursion is saved for our last full day of photography so as to allow people to acclimate to the altitude and thinner oxygen levels before pushing off onto a hike. After Cascade canyon, we will have another X factor afternoon, deciding to shoot where given conditions allow for the best opportunities.

     

    Day 7 – Half Day Shoot / Go Home

    Depending upon people’s flights, we may choose to spend the morning photographing the sunrise at a new location previously unseen on this trip. From here, we will say our farewells and depart out separate ways!

  • Accommodations
  • Elk Refuge Inn

     

    The Elk Refuge Inn offers comfortable amenities and easy access to our photo locations. There is no restaurant at the inn, so dinners will be in town. Other meals will be purchased in local shops and mostly eaten in the field.