This is starting to sound monotonous, but once again woke to grey, threatening skies, rain and snow showers, but still decided to head out at least over to the Moose-Wilson Road to see if I could find some moose. I seem to be caught in an unfortunate bit of weather since my arrival a week ago here in Grand Teton National Park. It has been solid overcast for 7 days now with rain, snow and sleet every day, nothing accumulating, thankfully, and the roads remain passable and safe, just terrible weather for attempting what I am here for, wildlife photography. But, I suppose it all evens out eventually, I have had wonderful conditions for most of my stays at Glacier N. P. and Yellowstone, so I am not complaining, just letting you know why there are not that many great photos as of late.
Nothing to show for my trip along the Moose-Wilson Road, so I drove on into the park through the Moose ( village of, not the animal ) entrance. Only about a mile in, I observed a large group of elk in the vast meadows to the east of the road, but they were just a little too far off to photograph. Continuing on just a half mile or so, I noticed a very rough, rutted, gravel road heading out into that same meadow, a very ominous “four wheel drive recommended” sign posted at the road entrance. Since it appeared that the road may provide access to the elk herd, I figured I would risk going in as far as I could make it without getting into trouble. Though very slow going, due to huge dips and waterfilled low spots in the barely passable road, I did manage to make it in over a mile and, sure enough, was able to get close enough to get some decent shots of a bull elk and his large harem, with other lone bulls waiting on the perimeter for a chance to steal cows from his group. In the distance, I could see two more groups of elk in this same meadow, so this gravel road apparently is the place to be here in the park if you want to get close to the elk action.