"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold




"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Yellowstone National Park, Week One

Our first full week in Yellowstone has gone by quickly. One of the first things one notices when  visiting the park is the large number of bison...



Opportunities are plentiful to view the bison from a distance or up-close...



The  problem with the up-close option is that some people get too close for safety...



Bison are the most dangerous animals in the park. Each year injuring more people, who foolishly get too close, than any other...



This young bull was in the Hayden Valley early one morning...



We found another bull on the Blacktail Plateau Road as the sun was beginning to set...



One can never predict what might be around the next bend.  I caught this red fox bringing food to the kits near the Yellowstone Picnic area...



A bald eagle posed in a tree near the Blacktail Trail Head as admirers gathered in the parking lot below...







This cinnamon phase black bear was grazing not far from Mammoth...



A few miles farther on, near Blacktail Lakes, I spotted this wolf silhouetted against the morning sky...



There is a wolf den near the Slough Creek campground.  I would estimate the viewing distance to be 1.5 miles.  The next two photos were taken at 900mm equivalent and cropped in the computer.  The fist is of an adult standing at the den entrance...


The second image contains at least five pups playing beneath the trees on the left...



A young elk calf was in our campground...



An adult waited protectively nearby...



This cow and calf were on the lawn of the former Fort Yellowstone, located in Mammoth Hot Springs...



A group of elk frolic early one morning near Swan Lake Flats...



As one approaches Mammoth from Norris there is a man made cut through the mountain called the "Golden Gate".  It was here that we found a ravens nest containing five hungry chicks...






I don"t know how the mother kept track of which chick to be feed next...



She was resourceful, always checking the parking lot for food scraps or handouts...



This is the same area where we saw our first Clarks Nutcracker...



This is the nesting and birthing time of year, I saw this osprey preening beside a nest...





Floating Island Lake contains several coot families...





The reeds along the shore ring with the calls of yellow-headed blackbirds...





It has been a fun week.  I hope you are looking forward to next week as much as I am.


Thanks for visiting, be well and come back soon.


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