"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
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"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Back To The Tetons - "The Mountains Are Calling and I must Go"...John Muir

There is always something comforting about returning to the Tetons. Perhaps it is the sense that they remain the same, welcoming and peaceful after the chaos of Yellowstone...



We had heard from friends who were in Yellowstone that there was no reason to return to the Tetons because "there is nothing going on down there".
On Monday evening we were out hoping to find something to photograph that would prove our decision to change locations was the correct one.  The sun had set behind the familiar mountains as we made our way to the campground when a familiar figure emerged from the dusk and crossed our path.  It was grizzly 399...




There was a tinge of sadness seeing her alone, for the first time, since she lost her cub to an automobile.  We are happy to see that she is still in the area, and we wish the best for the 20 year old matriarch.

If you have been following our trip you might remember that on the day before we left Yellowstone we were able to spend some time with the grizzly bear called Raspberry and her yearling cub...



Like many animals, both wild and domesticated, bears like to roll around in stinky stuff.  I don't know what they found to roll in, but they both seemed to enjoy it a great deal...





The cub gets in a roll before all the stink is gone...



It was great fun to spend time with these bears.  I will post more photos of them in the future.
The other highlight of our last day was to see Wolf 755M as he fed on a kill in the Hayden Valley.  After eating his fill he proceeded down the valley, passing within feet of a solitary bull bison that kept a close eye on him until the wolf had passed on by...



Back in the Tetons, we took a drive to Uhl Hill hoping to find wolves.  Instead we found this Swainson's hawk...



Pilgrim Creek Road is a great place to see many species of wildlife. Yesterday we found this marmot peeking from a drainage culvert...




This morning we were about to head back to the campground when three wolves dashed across the road in front of us.  They took us completely by surprise, but having spent time in the area searching for wolves in May, we had a good idea where to intercept them...



They crossed an opening at the first place we stopped.  When they were out of sight we continued up the road to another observation point...




This evening we were passing the area known as willow flats when we spotted a coyote hunting rodents...



Just four days back in the Tetons and I think we made the right choice to come back...





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