There's an infinite number of backcountry
wildlife subjects to capture on film. Amateurs and professionals alike have found Wapiti Meadow to be a photographers paradise
with abundant wildlife, wildflowers, and wildwaters in summer and
spectacular mountain scenery in all seasons of the year.
Guests photograph elk and mule deer right in Wapiti's meadow or
drinking along Johnson Creek in early summer and again during the
'rut', or mating season in the early fall. You can capture moose in
your viewfinder during mid-summer at Riordan or Rainbow, both
high-mountain lakes within walking distance from nearby trailheads.
Moose are also commonly found hunkered down in a snowdrift, hidden
in the heavy timber lining Johnson Creek in the winter. A
photography buff can catch a picture of the nocturnal wolves or wily
coyotes if they are very persistent, but it's worth the effort, even
if you only hear them howl.
Our local black bear, often cinnamon in color, will never be
confused with the locally non-existent larger, humped-backed
grizzly. Photographers can capture a picture of them in late August
and early September along one of our local streams when the dying
Salmon provide sustenance for their long winter hibernation. The
rare, spawning Chinook Salmon are a feast in the eyes of a polarized
lens, crystal clear in the sparkling waters of Johnson Creek.