One of the things I’ve noticed about myself at Yellowstone is that I no longer just focus on the species that are most sought after by photographers and other visitors. I’m thinking, of course, of things like bears and wolves. Oh, sure, they’re still at the top of my list, but I’m interested in all the animals now, including the rodents.
I photographed this marmot across the road from Sedge Bay. The rock outcroppings there hold a good population of marmots. I learned a lesson that day. Make that two lessons. I had stopped to shoot marmots and just grabbed my 500 lens and tripod. I left the 100-400 on another camera body in the truck. After shooting for a while this marmot turned its back to me, stood up and gave a warning call. Others chimed in. I didn’t have a clear line of sight to what they were upset about, but decided I had gotten what I wanted and hoisted the camera/tripod onto my shoulder and turned around to head back to my truck. It was then that I saw a black wolf walking midway between me and my truck which was parked about 40 to 50 feet away. It disappeared into some trees. Two mistakes. I should have looked in all directions when the marmots started calling and I should have brought the 100-400 with me. As I got to the truck I saw a white wolf heading into the trees going in the opposite direction of the black wolf. It had been the one behind the marmots. I followed it in the truck, but lost it. Next time I’ll be prepared. Yeah, right. I’ve said that before.