31 from ’13: A Few Favorites

It’s that time of year again. I’ve put together some of my favorite images from 2013, just like I did in 2012. (As always, you can see more of my work at Lodgetrail.com)

As you scroll through the 31 images, you will probably notice that it was a good Grizzly bear year.  After many years of Griz frustration, it all came together in 2013.

Wolves were much harder to come by, but the few I did find and photograph were beautiful animals.

Then there were the Black-footed ferrets. It took three multi-day trips to the Conata Basin in South Dakota, and many over-night searches to finally get the shots I was looking for of the endangered, nocturnal predator; but it finally happened.  One glorious August morning, just after sun-up, I had some of these ultra-rare mammals all to myself in the middle of a Prairie dog town.

And Moose! Like the Grizzlies, it was a long time coming, but the autumn of 2013 was very good for big bulls.

All-in-all, 2013 was my best year ever for achieving personal goals. Here are a few of my favorites from the year in roughly chronological order. Clicking on an image will take you to a high-res version:

Bald eagle – Minnesota
Bighorn Ram – Wyoming
Bighorn ram – Wyoming
Bighorn sheep – South Dakota
Northern Hawk owl – Wisconsin
Grizzly bear – Wyoming
Grizzly bears – Wyoming
Harlequin drake – Wyoming
Grizzly sow and boar – Wyoming
Grizzly bear – Wyoming
Swainson’s hawk – South Dakota
Red Fox Kit – Wisconsin
Common Loon – Wisconsin
Black oystercatcher and chick – Oregon
Gray whale – Oregon
Redwoods – California
Black-footed ferret (endangered species) – South Dakota
Black-footed ferret (endangered species) – South Dakota
Black-footed ferret (endangered species) – South Dakota
Burrowing owl – South Dakota
Badger – Wyoming
Rocky Mountain Elk – Montana
Elk – Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming
Moose – Wyoming
Great Gray owl – Wyoming
Rocky Mountain Elk – Wyoming
Moose – Wyoming
Cinnamon-phase Black bear – Wyoming
Gray wolf – Wyoming
White-tailed deer – Wisconsin
American Robin – Wisconsin