"A Sand County Almanac"

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Yellowstone National Park - Week Two

Our second full week in Yellowstone began with a move from Mammoth Hot Springs to West Yellowstone, Montana.  Park rules limit the amount of time that one can stay in a campground, so it pays to have a plan.

We had a few disappointing days trying to find subjects to photograph, but in the end persistence paid off.  I have spent many hours trying to locate a long tailed weasel, also called ermine in winter.  This week I found one in a talus pile where he was probably hunting pika.  The weasel dashed across my field of view with barely a pause so I am satisfied with the two images I was able to capture…



Just driving from one destination to another in the early morning one might spot between 3 and 6 black bears.  They are so common we usually do not even stop unless they have cubs or are unusual in size or color…






There are numerous rivers in the park and occasionally bison can be seen swimming from one shore to another…




Meadows are plentiful and coyotes can sometimes be found hunting for rodents.  The next two photos were taken in Gibbons Meadow…





One evening, while driving along the Fire Hole River, we observed a stone fly hatch taking place.  It was the most intense hatch I have ever witnessed…



There is a small lake that we frequently pass during our travels.  This week it held eared grebes in their breeding plumage…



A cinnamon teal was found on the Madison River…



There is a “celebrity” grizzly bear called Raspberry who lives near Yellowstone Lake along the East Entrance Road.  We spent several fruitless mornings looking for her with only two long distance photos to show for our efforts…





This morning our luck improved when Raspberry, and her yearling cub, fed close to the road…





For some unknown reason when bears decide to cross a road they always choose the spot where I am standing.  I try to always maintain a safe distance from animals but it can be tough when they come directly towards you…



One other stroke of luck that befell us this morning was when we saw Wolf 755M in the Hayden Valley…



On an evening drive to Swan Lake Flats we encountered this bull elk grazing beneath a full moon…



My last image for this update is that of Grizzly 399 as she wanders into a remote area.  Who knows what goes through the mind of a mother grizzly that has just lost her cub…



Thanks for visiting, be well, and remember that a photograph not shared is a photograph wasted.

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