The Mysteries Within The Drift

Gret Grey Owl - Photo by Packy Savvenas - Grand Tetons

Today was a day filled with mystery and excitement. As we were pulling out of our driveway we happened to capture a glimpse of an enormous moose while heading off to our daily photographic adventure.

It’s not everyday that you actually see a moose eating your neighbor’s tree, of course, unless you’re here in Jackson, Wyoming. We knew from that point on this was a sign that today was going to be an amazing day.

Prior to today, we had just received a record amount of snow. It was somewhere close to 24 inches within 24 hours. When the snow hits, that’s when the mysteries within the drift surface.

I heard that there was a great gray owl hidden within the majestic tree line close to the golf course in Jackson, so I made it my mission to find him.

We started heading towards the golf course where the owl was rumored to have been seen. The scenery was incredibly majestic. It was beautiful, with an almost eerie feel like something you’d see from a hobbit movie.

The trees stood tall with patches of snow covered branches that were reminiscent of large cotton balls.

The bridge added the perfect ambiance to a nearby river with snow blanketed valleys. We drove around the bend as my mind wandered, curious if a wizard or some mythological creature would present itself amidst the drift of the snow fallen setting.

And that’s when it happened….our eyes were in disbelief. A great grey owl sitting on a branch in all his glory.

Oh my, I can only tell you how hard it is to find a great grey owl sitting among the thick forest of trees; it’s like finding a needle in a haystack.

I immediately pulled over, noticing the only way to get down in there was to actually follow a route embedded in the snow. The path was somewhere close to waist-high. Remember we just had record winter snow.

Without hesitation I grabbed my tripod and camera and set off for the trek. I did what I had to do, getting as close as I could.

I literally had to climb through the waist-high snow holding my camera while carrying my tripod. Unfortunately I managed to break my tripod while in route to the location. In doing that though it kept me and my camera from getting immersed in the snow.

This was one of the most exciting moments of my life! I have always wanted to get a killer shot of an owl with an excellent lens. The best day ever!

It seems like the more active the weather is, the more you see the animals of Yellowstone Country. When the wind kicks and the snow drifts, it’s within this harsher weather that the animals emerge.

After spending roughly two to three hours photographing this owl to make sure I got the right picture, I ended up shooting about a thousand different photos. Just as soon as I stopped photographing and started making my trek back, the owl flew off.

The photos I captured were well worth the snowy trek. And, to my surprise, my wife managed to get some video of the owl within his camouflaged element.

 

A Preview – A Great Grey Owl – Stay Tuned!!!

The Mysteries Within The Drift – I can only tell you how hard it is to find a great grey owl sitting among the thick forest of the trees; it’s like finding a needle in a haystack.

I immediately pulled over, noticing the only way to get down to the owl was to actually follow a route embedded in the snow. The path was somewhere close to waist-high. We just had record winter weather the day prior.

Fortunately, I had just bought some killer snow pants the day before, so this was the perfect way to put them to the test.

Without hesitation I grabbed my tripod and camera and set off for the trek. I did what I had to do, getting as close as I could to capture some spectacular pictures – coming soon!

Posted by Greek Mountain Man on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

 

We then decided to go and head to our spot where I first noticed the porcupine. If you read my blog post you will learn about the adventure I had while trying to shoot this porcupine.

Today was amazing. Winter in Yellowstone Country is anything, but dull.

A mountainous snow blanketed wonderland of beauty that beholds the mysteries within the drift.

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