Posts from the ‘Wolves’ Category

The Dog Family


I went into Yellowstone Park this last weekend (the 16th/17th), with a great friend of mine, Rob Daugherty, . We started out just wanting to get images of anything we could, because sometimes finding something in the Park is a little hard to do at times. But what we got was all about the “DOGS”. When I say the DOGS, I mean Coyotes, Fox and yes even Wolves.  We hardly seen anything else to Photograph in the park, but that in it’s self is not unusual.

The wolf that we seen was an outsider from the park wolves. It had a collar for sure, but the wolf guy, Rick, did not know who this wolf was, because he did not have that wolf’s collar frequency. This wolf as you can tell from this image is a female and was wondering all alone without a pack and really looked confuse at to where she was going.

The Coyotes that we encountered, were some of the most cooperative coyotes that I have encountered in a long time. It seemed that when they seen us, it was a cue for them to start acting like coyotes. We seen this coyote out in the field mousing in a way that was so comical. If only he had a cape, he would have been a little faster at getting he’s meal.

I think the Red Fox that we encountered were having a feeding frenzy in about the same way the Coyotes were having. They were also having this a posing ambition too, the same as the Coyotes. It was so much fun and exciting to be able to see the fox out in numbers as they were. It gave Rob and I a really great chance to be able to get different composition and different lighting situations.

All in all, going into the Park this last weekend was the best, especially because I could share it with my friend, Rob. It seems that every time Rob and I get together and do some serious photography, it always turns out to be so much fun and I think in my opinion, it turns out better photographs. I believe the reason why, is because we are having all this fun and not worried about getting the setting and the lighting right or not trying to out do each other and it shows in both our images that we produce. Thanks Rob!!! … for the Fun.


Focal Length: 360, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/400

When I go to Denali N. P., which is like a lot, all year around ….. I really look for the wolves. I think in all the years that I have been going there, I can count on one hand how many times I have seen them in the park and only half of that, have I seen them up close …. close enough for good images.Most of the wolves that you do see have collars and that doesn’t make for very good images on most occasions.

Focal Length: 360, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/2,000

As I got about half way between the park entrance and Teklanika rest stop, which was the end of the road for that time of the year …… I seen this wolf down in a ravine from my truck and he was sorta a long ways aways. But he was traveling down that ravine towards the road that I was on, only to get to him, I had to follow this windy road around the mountain side … I timed it just right for as I got there, he was coming through the brush and up on this snow bank as I started taking my photos of him. As he left and I started going back through the images that I took …… To my surprise, in his mouth was some meat that he was carrying, that I didn’t even see through my view finder as I was snapping away ….. this was great

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/1,000

This image of this wolf was taken through the front window of the bus that I was on as I went to Denali and took the shuttle bus to Wonder lake. The whole pack was laying around on the road for about 20 minutes as we stopped and waited to see if they would get up and move and as they did, this one wolf walked toward the bus as the others got off the road. The only way to get this shot was to take it through the front window of the bus and at first I didn’t think it would come out, but it did even if it’s a little soft on focus because of the front windshield.


Yellowstone Wolves

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 10, Exposure Time: 1/250, Time of Image: Saturday, May 8, 2010 5:55 AM

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 13, Exposure Time: 1/320, Time of Image: Saturday, May 8, 2010 5:56 AM

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 13, Exposure Time: 1/320, Time of Image: Saturday, May 8, 2010 5:58 AM

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 16, Exposure Time: 1/320, Time of Image: Saturday, May 8, 2010 6:03 AM

Yellowstone Wolves, like coyotes are great ……. when you get the chance to photograph them …. I think Coyotes are a little more plentiful than wolves are, but when you see them and get the chance to photograph them … well it’s right up there with….. ahhhh…. should we say Grizzly bears ….. oh yea … the Grizzlys …. I have been going to the Park since I got back from Alaska last March and only had the one opportunity so far to photograph them ….. And now I would like to share a few images of them  and I hope you like …. And Please feel free to Comment on them or any of the other topics I have posted