During a trip to Grand Teton National Park a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to photograph moose on several different occasions. Moose aren’t an animal that you typically come across in most places, but Grand Teton NP is one place where you can often find them–I have been to the park twice and on both visits saw multiple moose.
It’s always a thrill to see one of these huge animals close enough to get some good pictures, and luckily two of the times I came across a moose during my recent visit I was able to get close up photos. Park regulations require that you stay at least 25 yards away from a moose as they can be very dangerous. These photos were taken with a 400mm lens, so I was able to maintain a safe distance while taking them.
My wife and I were on a photography tour with Brad Schwarm of AlpenGlow Tours (highly recommended) when we came across the bull moose in the two photos above at about 8:00 in the morning. The moose was sitting just below Gros Ventre road eating his breakfast and didn’t seem to notice or mind when we and several other photographers snapped his picture.
We also came across a cow with a baby on another afternoon and I was able to get a few pictures of the baby who spent most of the time hiding in the grass.
In the shot below the mother is trying to keep an eye on the baby that had wandered away from her a little bit. Unfortunately the sun was quite bright that afternoon so it was hard to get great photos of the momma and her baby, but nonetheless it was a great experience just to see them.