Yellowstone – The Wildlife

8/16/14 -8/22/14

It’s a spectator sport in Yellowstone…wildlife spotting.  It’s like winning the jackpot in Las Vegas when you actually get to see the big ones.

Some people set up and wait hours in lawn chairs for an appearance. Others are willing to stand out in the rain in complete gear and huge cameras with their own rain suits  covering the glass.

 

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Cow Elk

 

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

 

Gotta Scratch - Young Bison
Gotta Scratch – Young Bison

 

We were lucky, observant, and always searching. We didn’t stand in the rain, or set up our chairs. Fred’s an awesome driver…and doesn’t mind pulling over, turning around, or even dropping me off and later retrieving me if there is nowhere safe to pull over.  We take the roads least traveled, and stop often.

 

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Napping In The Warmth Of Hot Springs

 

Bull Elk
Bull Elk

 

Killdeer Among The Hot Springs
Killdeer Among The Hot Springs

 

We are very respectful of the animals, and super aware of our safety.

 

Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan

 

Dripping From Drinking
Dripping From Drinking

 

The Van sits up high, and I often shoot out the window, using the half rolled up window to brace my camera. Or I can stand on the door step to get some extra height.

 

Grizzlies Sharing A Bison Kill

 

Sometimes we have solitude, sometimes there is madness. Even with these chaotic traffic jams that do sometimes occur, all in all, it’s an awesome sport, and everyone wins sometimes.

 

Behind The Scenes
Behind The Scenes

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Yellowstone – The Wildlife”

  1. Love it! Amazing pictures and what fun to include the “background” shot to explain the traffic jams you referred to. Pretty much like our African safari where luck made for some fun wildlife pictures but often with a backlog of cars getting their own “special” picture. But what amazing diversity you have shared. A great combination of observance, luck and a really good “eye”. Beautiful Laurie!

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