Anyone who knows me knows that I'm on a mission these days to see a moose and I'd really like to see a grizzly bear too. My eyes are constantly scouring the roadside for wildlife. Within the first half-hour of our entry into Yellowstone National Park, we ran upon a small group of elk. They aren't moose, but they'll do for now. They're far away so I had to zoom in to even get them in the photo. Oh well, the day is still young.
|The landscape is nice and really wide open.|
|This photo contains a group of crazy people and a single bull buffalo who seems to enjoy the limelight. |
No, I didn't get this close. I zoomed again.
Early this summer (2011) a man was killed and his wife seriously injured by a grizzly bear here in Yellowstone. They were hiking in the back country and were not novice hikers. The couple reportedly walked, accidentally, upon a mother grizzly and her cub. I thought about the incident when we came upon this sign near a trail head no longer being used.
|No need to tell me twice. I even took the picture some 50 feet back. |
Lexie did not get out of the car.
It wasn't long until we came upon bison #2. Another solitary bull, resting in the grass. We're making a counter clockwise circle of the northernmost loop of the park. The sites are still somewhat unimpressive to me but the day is enjoyable.
|Second buffalo. Another lone bull...resting. |
Far from the maddening crowd of tourists.
|View at the rim of the Caldera|
Aka: Sitting atop the power keg.
|Another view of the Central Plateau.|
Our drive takes us to Canyon Village and some really nice views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The scenery has become much more striking and taking photographs of the canyon has become a thrill.
|I wonder if the yellow colored rock faced canyon has anything to do with the name "Yellowstone"|
|Lexie and Mom. Most photographed dog in America.|
|This huge cylindrical stone juts straight up from the floor of the canyon.|
At Washburn Hot Springs Overlook, I took a walkway that led to beautiful scenes of Yellowstone's Grand Canyon. Wayne and Lexie waited in the car while I walked and took pictures.
|Waiting for Mom to return.|
At the Forces of the Northern Ridge, we saw a group of riders on horseback. It was a hot afternoon and I wondered if they were enjoying themselves.
|Barely visible in the picture, riders on horseback.|
This area is known as Forces of the Northern Range and it looks different from the other parts of Yellowstone we've seen today. The 5,200 - 7,000 foot elevation is less than any other part of the park. Rainfall, at 15" annually, makes it the driest part of the park too. The winter winds and sun amounts make this the best grazing part of the park and reduces snow depths.
|Floating Island Lake, I think.|
|Homes in Yellowstone.|
|Please do not feed the elk.|
|The original "cone head" at the entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs|
|The surface looks like glass with water running across it. |
Lexie stayed in the car. She wants nothing to do with hot water, thank you very much.
|Water continually flows across these formations, which look man-made. |
The colors are beautiful.
|Did I mention... yes, the water is hot.|
|Wayne read that the original road through here dates back to the 1930's.|
|A herd of elk -- from a great distance, of course.|
|Bison #4 is coming up the road to greet us.|
|As a matter of fact, he does own the road. |
He did not get off the asphalt.
We just changed lanes...
It was almost dark when we got back to the campground and we were three tired dogs!