Presenting images from the third photo expedition for the Absaroka Tripods In The Mud project in November. It’s been a rewarding experience working with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and ILCP so far and I’m looking forward to the next phase – hopefully, we’ll launch a traveling photo exhibit to help us protect the A-B Front. The November trip was dramatically different, with short days, big wind, wintery conditions, and ungulates beginning to move from the high country. Hunting season for elk and deer was still going on, so sightings were limited. I enjoyed observing bighorn at the start of mating season – sheep that migrate from Yellowstone. And although bears are supposed to be hibernating by early November, tracks were everywhere, as grizzlies continued to feed on gut piles left by hunters. Thanks to the Greater Yellowstone Coalition for sponsoring this Tripods In The Mud project – it speaks volumes for their commitment to protection of the A-B Front. Thanks to ILCP for supporting the initative and amplifying the call for conserving “Yellowstone’s wild side”.
Barbara Cozzens of Greater Yellowstone Coalition and Park County Commissioner Joe Tilden enjoy a fireside chat on Sheep Mountain. Joe invited us on a horse ride from the Big Hat ranch that he manages.
A bighorn sheep ram follows a female during the autmn rut. Ovis canadensis North Fork of the Shoshone River Canyon, Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming
Bighorn rams size up one another early in the autumn rut. The rams were sparring during my visit, a lead-up to the head-butting for the right to mate. Ovis canadensis North Fork of the Shoshone River Canyon, Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming
Friend, Greater Yellowstone Coalition supporter, and Park County Commissioner Dave Burke photographing along the North Fork of the Shoshone River, Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming
Tim Kellogg, well known as the Meeteetse Chocolatier and former rodeo cowboy, with his horse at the C and M Ranch near Meeteetse. Park County, Wyoming
Justin Hawkins of Cody, Wyoming enjoys a commanding view of the Absaroka Range from a high point above Elk Fork. Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming
The North Fork of the Shoshone River turns to an icy slush as temeratures drop in early winter. Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming.
A mule deer buck with his harem camouflaged in sagebrush during the autumn rut. Odocoileus hemionus Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming
A cold dawn paints Carter Mountain with magenta light. Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming