31 Aug 16. As you make your way east along the road between Tower/Roosevelt Junction and the East Entrance, one of the first places you encounter where you can see wolves, assuming a) you know where to look, and b) you have the equivalent of either a mini Hubble telescope or about $30K worth of camera equipment, is Slough Creek. This area will frequently have a half dozen or more wolf watchers on one of two small hills, but there is much more to see there than the wolves and if you get a bit distant from those wishing to cavort with the canines you can encounter bison, elk, and pronghorn along with many smaller mammals such as coyote, fox, rabbits. squirrels, and assorted other food animals. In addition you will encounter some truly lovely landscapes including a number of small bodies of water. One of my favorite spots in the area is a small grouping of aspens both in the early spring as they are leafing out and again in the autumn when they turn a brilliant gold. The stand is right along the side of the road and there is a nearby pullout where you can park and safely work the stand. Either from roadside, or in the small valley alongside the stand, you can get some very nice shots. In the past most folks have tended to ignore this group of trees, but in the last two years I've been experiencing an increasing number of individuals stopping to shoot them. One thing is guaranteed, even if no one else is interested, as soon as we stop to work the area there will be a succession of vehicles stopping with the occupants looking to see what's going on with many of them getting out to shoot and getting in the way.
The base image received a small amount of cropping, then given a slight boost in micro contrast adjustment and that was it. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 320; 1/800 sec @ f /10.