Living in the Southeast, where summer's temps can top triple digits and humidity chimes right in with the heat - there's always a welcoming hint in the air when September rolls around. It's the first cool nights and comfortable days that tell Autumn has finally arrived!
For me, this means it's time to pack my photo gear, get the SUV road-ready and make plans to hit the road for a trip out West. This is a special time of year for all wildlife photographers, and scenic-landscape photographers as well!
Autumn is prime time to witness Elk, Moose, Bison and other larger mammals we don't typically see in our home area, at their finest with the backdrop of gorgeous scenery! The crisp early mornings provide mist rising from streams and rivers as these awesome creatures emerge for a morning meal. Mornings and evenings are times of high activity for all wildlife and birds.
Elk can be heard bugling at this time of year in Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Grizzly and black bear are looking for last meals before hibernation. Chipmunks and ground squirrels are hiding their treasured food sources for the coming winter. I hope many of your will also be engaged in this great show of autumn scenery and wildlife viewing in the Rocky Mountains.