Day 4 started very VERY early. We wanted to be up before sunrise to maximize our chances to see the big horn sheep so being in place before sunrise was key. I started trying to snap photos from the time we first saw the sheep appear at the summit of the mountain they were on. It was dark, and they were too far away for even my new 400mm lens to reach. I switched from the A99 to the A6000 and for added reach and even tried a Kenko 1.4 tele converter, but was never happy with the results.
These are pretty heavily cropped and edited to even make them this good. Not what I was looking for. to top things off my tripod wasn’t quite up to the task of holding the weight of the new lens at these distances and had also lost a screw during the trip. I guess I have something new to look into.
After several attempts, we decided to start moving around a bit and drove from turn out to turn out snapping here and there. It took a while but the sheep slowly worked their way down the hill.
And I was finally able to get a good look at these guys and gals.
We stayed for a while and continued to move around a bit more grabbing a few more photos, but at a point it starts to feel awkward. Don’t believe me, take your camera with you the next time you’re at a restaurant and start taking photos of people trying to eat. You will see what I mean.
We finally decided to leave the animals alone and worked our way towards the other side of the mountains to go do some landscape photos of the Tetons themselves.
And we would have gotten away with it too if it hadn’t been for the darn clouds! The Tetons were completely masked by the clouds and falling snow. We drove through the park a couple of times hoping it would clear but it never did.
We did see some buffalo off in the distance, but they were pretty content to lay in the snow waiting for the storm to pass.
Frustrated with the previous animal shots we stopped on the opposite side of the road to snap of couple of the much more cooperative horses at a ranch on the property. They were friendly and roadside so I was able to switch back to the A99.
At this point we headed back to town to grab lunch and hit up a hardware store looking for my M4 x30mm screw that was missing from my tripod. The Antler arch photo was a quick through the windshield snap. I was still cold from chasing animals, and Jackson never has parking around this area, so I got lazy and it shows.
The hardware store was a bust, lunch was best described as accomplished, and the weather didn’t show any signs of changing so we headed out. I spotted a pair of Coyotes out for a mid day stroll off in the distance.
And eventually spotted one a bit closer on the roadway.
During my animal attempts we tend to turn around in random spots.
We ended up on an un-plowed section of trail which had my hopeful to see more wild life but all we found were tracks. We eventually ran out of tire tracks to follow. Not knowing the road and not being able to tell where it started and stopped we head back to the highway. Helpful tip of the day: your mono pod can make a great way to “feel” for the ditch when turning around on a narrow road with too much snow to see what is going on.
The Cameras stayed put while we continued down the highway and over the continental divide. I do have some crappy video footage from the cell phone (safely in its mount on the windshield) but basically it was snowy and you couldn’t see a thing! Once on the other side of the mountains the snow disappeared and we started seeing deer by the dozens.
I even spotted one more big horn sheep on the side of the road! Yep, getting up early and waiting out in blowing snow in shorts to get my photos and here he is hanging out roadside a few miles away!
Some random roadside scenery.
We ended our photographic day in the Semi-Ghost town of Shoshoni Wy with a few shots of the more abandoned side of town.
Full set of photos from Day 4: