What do you want to see in Yellowstone? Without a doubt, this is what I come here to see. Wolves in winter. This is a long shot at 600mm on the mountainside above us and cropped.
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Junction Butte Alpha female 907F in Lamar Valley
Moose in Soda Butte Valley.
Sunrise at Round Prairie.
Air brakes! Snow goose showing before making a going water landing.
Narcissa prepares to take an icy plunge! I had to wonder if this otter was stopping to admire it's reflection before it slipped into the Lamar River.
Pronghorn move North outside if the park into the Gardiner area for the lower elevations and better forage in the winter.
Baby it's cold outside for the unusual Autumn bison births.
Dry great is not much of a treat but it will have to do for this bull elk until spring.
Cinnamon black bear coy enjoying a warm spring morning.
Red fox Mousing near Baronette Peak.
Whenever I hear silly stories of people who fear that wolves will attack people, I remember the encounters I've had in the back country with wild wolves while all alone. This gray yearling walked about 2 miles with me before her curiosity waned and she wandered up and over this crest. We should never approach or feed wild animals and always treat them with respect by giving them enough space, but wolves are not out to get us. Little Red was just silly.
Gray Wolf Portrait at Lakota Wolf Preserve.
Steep descents back to the car after chasing sheep up high.
Ghost trees in the canyon of the Yellowstone River
Only in Yellowstone do wildlife enthusiasts overlook this 1800 pound throwback from the Pleistocene, the strongest icon of the American West and our National Mammal. With herd numbers currently at or above management goals for the population, bison roam Yellowstone with a presence in every corner of the park. Their massively powerful build and unwavering herding instincts give them the unchecked confidence that legends are built upon.
Here a park visitor peers through the magnifying optics of a high-powered spotting scope, scanning the forest edge for a glimpse of another of Yellowstone’s iconic wildlife, wolves. Below him strolls an impressive mature bull American Bison, virtually unnoticed. The recovery of wolves in Yellowstone in the mid 1990s was a huge success and that story has drawn tremendous attention from around the world, with hundreds of thousands of supporters coming here to see the Yellowstone wolf annually. Amongst that excitement for wild wolves returning to the Northern Rockies, we often overlook the bison and its incredible recovery story here in Yellowstone National Park. Once commonly believed to have been completely extirpated from the wild in the US, a small band of resilient bison remained hidden in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. Luckily, early Yellowstone officials saw that this unique and majestic animals was in a very fragile position and heavy-handed actions were taken to recover the species in its free-roaming, wild state. Considering the time in which this occurred (the very early 1900s when we were actively exterminating wolves, cougars and coyotes from the National Park), this early conservation success should not go unnoticed. And neither should the truly magnificent animal it saved in the park in perpetuity.
I want to thank my client @dpradhuman
for his unique perspective in capturing this image. While many of us were totally captivated by the great sighting of the Wapiti Lake wolf pack, Devon was also paying attention to the slow-moving powerhouse of a bison behind us, and to me his photograph tells a much more important story than the close-up wolf portrait that everyone else was so eager to capture.
Finally got to pay a visit to Yellowstone in the winter time. Although tbh there was probably more snow there in September of 2017 than there is right now. Still a good feeling to visit my second home. Didn't see any wolves but saw several coyboys and some bighorn sheep and bison, and of course elk.
Respect to all the staff who were at the gate to provide information to visitors and patrolling the roads even though they haven't been receiving their paychecks. ✊
A land before time, before human time that is.
Imagine walking back in time to a place the precedes the environmental destruction that the human race has caused post industrial times.
You have bison off in the distance grazing on the subtle dry grass swaying in the warm breeze. The Yellowstone River in its calm flow trickling down through the valley as it twists and turns through the ancient volcanic landscape. Yellowstone Cutthroat trout swim their way through the strong and deep currents of crystal clear water as they occasionally surface to eat a salmon fly that gently floats along the surface.
Patches of steam rise from the Earth in what seems to be a random design as hot boiling water bubbles up from the ground. As lava churns deep below this old and untimely volcano at an existential rate, the life cycle of an elk calf begins in the blink of an eye.
Gnarled and weathered whitebark pines cling to the cliff sides on the mountain peaks in desperation of survival. Mountain goats jump from nose to boulder on the steep and shale cliffs trying to locate their bedding site for the day. Bighorn rams are duking it out for fun as their lady counterparts graze on open grassy mountainsides with their young.
This is Yellowstone. This is my home. I encourage you to go out and explore the world, but always remember your roots and where you came from!
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After a hearty meal of willows next to Soda Butte Creek in Round Prairie, this old bull moose needs to take a nap and chill in the snow.
Bison cow and yearling make their way through the snow frosted sage near Slough Creek.
Coyotes are becoming one of my favorite subjects. Great survivors in spite of all the abuse people have offered.
Pano 2 of 3 - CLICK NAME TO SEE FULL PANO. Hayden Valley is one of those magical locations in a magical place. Beautiful in scenery and a haven for wildlife, it’s one of those locations that holds a special place in my heart.