Sunrise in a Wild Land of Wild Life, YNP, Wyoming
I just returned from an amazing trip to Yellowstone National Park. I've been 7 times now-- in the heat and smoke of summer; in the crisp cool air of the fall rut; in the brutal cold of deep winter; and now, in the springtime of change. Of all the trips that I have made to this wild land of wild life, spring has been my favorite. More roads are open, giving more opportunity to explore and spot wildlife; bears are out of their dens and hungry; temperatures are still cool to cold, allowing the wildlife to active for longer periods of the day; birds return to the park and fill the morning and evening air with their soaring song. Here are a few images from Yellowstone in Spring.
Brindle Wolf Stare, YNP, Wyoming
We were surrounded by wolves. Two had just crossed the road into an open meadow filled with snow and I thought the encounter was over. But the brindle wolf stopped and howled and soon other wolves appeared. One on the hillside across from us; one in front; one white one walked behind us 10 feet from our disbelieving eyes. 7 wolves in total, and while the encounter lasted only five minutes or less, they gave me a lifetime of memories in just a moment.
The Other Side, YNP, Wyoming
Stepping Out, YNP, Wyoming
A Beautiful Grey Wolf, YNP, Wyoming
You never know when or where the next wildlife encounter will occur. In this wild land the only thing you control is your attitude and effort. The day you give up, is the day you will not see anything. The days you persevere are the days you are blessed.
Big Bear, YNP, Wyoming
Scoop, YNP, Wyoming
What Goes Up Must Come Down, YNP, Wyoming
Stare Down, YNP, Wyoming
Bears! Bears! Bears! Yellowstone in the spring gave great opportunities for bear viewing. While I didn't see any COY (Cubs of the Year or Spring Cubs) I did see 5 grizzly in 2 weeks. Four grizzly were seen on the newly opened roads of the park, roads that are inaccessible in the winter. Incidentally, this road was also where the amazing wolf encounter happened as well. Yellowstone in spring? You can count me in. ;-)
American Badger, YNP, Wyoming
Red Fox on the Hunt, YNP, Wyoming
Mountain Bluebird On the Wing, YNP, Wyoming
All photos were taken in a safe location and with a 600mm lens or with a 600mm lens + 1.4 ext (840mm).
To see more of this wild land of wild life, or to order prints of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, please visit the online collection Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.