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John Moulton Barn, Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton, Wyoming

The John Moulton barn is the second of the two iconic early 1900’s barns on Mormon Row in the Antelope Flats area of Grand Teton National Park and is often called “the most photographed barn in the United States”:

John Moulton barn at sunrise with Teton Range, on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

John Moulton barn at sunrise with Teton Range, on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Image ID: 26965
Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

Once a working farm and part of a small group of early 1900’s Mormon settlements, the John Moulton Barn was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997 along with nearby T.A. Moulton Barn located just to the south. We visit Grand Teton National Park today in ease and comfort, staying in nice hotels and driving SUVs at the foot of the Teton Range as we admire bison, antelope, bear and elk. However, ponder how tough it must have been to maintain a homestead in this very place 100 years ago, especially in the harsh winters that saw the surrounding sage brush land covered deep in snow. Quite a view, yes, but quite a lot of work as well.

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T.A. Moulton Barn, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton, Wyoming

The Thomas Alma Moulton barn is one of two iconic and oft-photographed barns that lie on Mormon Row in the Antelope Flats area of Grand Teton National Park:

T.A. Moulton barn with Teton Range, on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

T.A. Moulton barn with Teton Range, on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Image ID: 26914
Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

Along with the equally picturesque John Moulton Barn just to the north, this barn was once a working farm and part of a small group of Mormon settlements. This quintessential Western building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. The T.A. Moulton barn’s orientation — facing the rising sun — and spectacular backdrop of the Teton Range makes it a popular early morning photo subject year-round.

T.A. Moulton barn with Teton Range, on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

T.A. Moulton barn with Teton Range, on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Image ID: 26918
Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

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Teton and Yellowstone Sound Check

Grand Teton, Video, Wyoming, Yellowstone

I recently joined my family for a reunion in Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. It was not a photography trip, but I did manage to grab a few photos and some video clips as we visited some of the iconic and touristy spots in both parks. This little video is a test of a Sennheiser mic I am using on the Canon 5D Mark II. Not sure I am 100% happy with the sound quality but its better than the built in mic. Once the video has begun to play, be sure to select 720p HD in the lower right corner, since by default Youtube plays this video only in 480p which is not the best quality.

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Madison River and Snow, Yellowstone National Park

National Parks, Panoramas, Photography, Wyoming, Yellowstone

In 1997 we made a visit to Yellowstone National Park in late fall to see the elk rut and were blessed with a few days of light snow. Not the bone chilling cold of Yellowstone in winter, but “winter lite” just perfect for we underdressed southern Californians. We spent most of our time watching elk along the Madison River, seen here with a dusting of snow and overcast skies:

Madison River, snow-covered banks and cold winter air, panorama, composite of 7 individual photographs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Madison River, snow-covered banks and cold winter air, panorama, composite of 7 individual photographs.
Image ID: 22448
Location: Madison River, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

The above panorama was made with the good gear (digital slr, good glass). You can see another panoramic photo of the Madison river shot handheld with our nifty Panasonic Lumix micro-mini-handy-cam, which stitched surprisingly well with contains super detail.

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Midway Geyser Basin Panorama, Yellowstone

National Parks, Panoramas, Photography, Wyoming, Yellowstone

Midway Geyser Basin is one of my favorite parts of Yellowstone National Park. Early mornings and cold days are great here. The Firehole River steams as it flows through the basin, and numerous hot springs on either side of the river create shifting fogs and mists. In this panorama, formed from eight separate photographs, the Firehole River flows from left to right. Obscured by the steam in the far right of the image are Grand Prismatic Spring and Excelsior Geyser.

Firehole River, natural hot spring water steaming in cold winter air, panorama, Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Firehole River, natural hot spring water steaming in cold winter air, panorama, Midway Geyser Basin.
Image ID: 22454
Location: Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

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Elk Photos

Elk, National Parks, Wildlife, Wyoming, Yellowstone

It’s the time of year when the bugling of rutting elk echoes around Yellowstone National Park. Here is our collection of elk photos (Cervus candensis), all from Yellowstone National Park, most taken in the fall during the elk rut but a few in summer as the elk antlers are still in velvet.

Elk, bull elk, adult male elk with large set of antlers.  By September, this bull elk's antlers have reached their full size and the velvet has fallen off. This bull elk has sparred with other bulls for access to herds of females in estrous and ready to mate, Cervus canadensis, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Elk, bull elk, adult male elk with large set of antlers. By September, this bull elk’s antlers have reached their full size and the velvet has fallen off. This bull elk has sparred with other bulls for access to herds of females in estrous and ready to mate.
Image ID: 19739
Species: Elk, Cervus canadensis
Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

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Photo of Elk Flehmen Response

Elk, National Parks, Wildlife, Wyoming, Yellowstone

This bull elk (Cervus candensis) had a fine harem of females along the Madison River. He was bugling often and loudly, raising his head and lowering his antler rack behind him as he did so. Note how the bull’s upper lip is curled back. This is an example of the flehmen response (from German flehmen, meaning to “curl the upper lip”). The flehmen response is a particular type of curling of the upper lip in ungulates, felids, and many other mammals, which facilitates the transfer of pheromones and other scents into the vomeronasal organ, also called Jacobson’s Organ. In the flehmen response, animals draw back their lips , particularly the upper lip which curls towards the nostrils. The action, which is used when examining scents left by other animals, helps to expose the vomeronasal organ and draws scent molecules back toward it. This behavior allows animals to detect scents, for example from urine, of other members of their species or clues to the presence of prey. The flehmen response also allows the animals to determine, among other things, the presence or absence of estrus, the physiological state of the animal, and how long ago the animal passed by.

Male elk bugling during the fall rut. Large male elk are known as bulls. Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Male elk engage in competitive mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling and bugling, a loud series of screams which is intended to establish dominance over other males and attract females, Cervus canadensis, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Male elk bugling during the fall rut. Large male elk are known as bulls. Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Male elk engage in competitive mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling and bugling, a loud series of screams which is intended to establish dominance over other males and attract females.
Image ID: 19708
Species: Elk, Cervus canadensis
Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Photos of Yellowstone Elk

Elk, National Parks, Wildlife, Wyoming, Yellowstone

Ok, here is the last photo of the bull elk (Cervus candensis) that I photographed just outside Mammoth Hot Springs.

Bull elk in sage brush with large rack of antlers during the fall rut (mating season).  This bull elk has sparred with other bulls to establish his harem of females with which he hopes to mate, Cervus canadensis, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Bull elk in sage brush with large rack of antlers during the fall rut (mating season). This bull elk has sparred with other bulls to establish his harem of females with which he hopes to mate.
Image ID: 19745
Species: Elk, Cervus canadensis
Location: Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Photo of Bull Elk in Sage

Elk, National Parks, Wildlife, Wyoming, Yellowstone

Here is another look at the fine bull elk (Cervus candensis) I spent an afternoon photographing near Mammoth Hot Springs.

Bull elk in sage brush with large rack of antlers during the fall rut (mating season).  This bull elk has sparred with other bulls to establish his harem of females with which he hopes to mate, Cervus canadensis, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Bull elk in sage brush with large rack of antlers during the fall rut (mating season). This bull elk has sparred with other bulls to establish his harem of females with which he hopes to mate.
Image ID: 19718
Species: Elk, Cervus canadensis
Location: Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Bugling Elk at Mammoth Hot Springs

Elk, National Parks, Wildlife, Wyoming, Yellowstone

The bull elk (Cervus candensis) I photographed one afternoon near Mammoth Hot Springs is seen here bugling, an audible cue and a form of posturing intended for both his harem of females and nearby males, meant to establish his dominance and access rights to the females and warn other males interested in breeding away. In fact, there was another bull with harem only a few hundred yards away. The two bulls bugled back and forth for hours, their sounds echoing over the otherwise quiet hills as evening set in.

Male elk bugling during the fall rut. Large male elk are known as bulls. Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Male elk engage in competitive mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling and bugling, a loud series of screams which is intended to establish dominance over other males and attract females, Cervus canadensis, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Male elk bugling during the fall rut. Large male elk are known as bulls. Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Male elk engage in competitive mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling and bugling, a loud series of screams which is intended to establish dominance over other males and attract females.
Image ID: 19698
Species: Elk, Cervus canadensis
Location: Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA