Saturday, April 16, 2011

Yellowstone in the Spring: Birds, snow, buffalo and bear.

Lower Terrace Mammoth Hot Springs

Dormant Vent

This is Mammoth Hot Springs compound in Yellowstone National Park
 looking from the Upper
Looking into the Blacktail Basin Southeast

Looking East Evidently some guy once got lost up on that plateau and spent many days
dodging animals and death

A natural volcanic event

Elephant Back in the Upper Terrace

Lava Creek

The Yellowstone multi-dominational church...I do not think this guy is waiting to get hitched?

Looking south towards the Blacktail Basin after a snow storm

We have had tons of snow here this year

It has been a very tough time up here for the animals and especially the Bison

Things are starting to perk up for the springtime and now we begin to see the animals coming out of the ground like black bears
Black Bear Tracks lead to bears

A large black bear soaking up the sun after his long sleep of five months

This spot is right on top of where he slept all winter in a dormant fumarole

He was checking me out
But decided to go back to his nap

Mountain Bluebird 

Lone Bison and his endless quest for green grass

More of the same

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Springtime In Wyoming And Montana Or As I call it Slushtime

Spring time at sundown on my street in Livingston, Montana

This is my windshield window of my work truck at 7am ...brrrr!

These are Grey Crowned Rosy Finches

Usually they live above the tree line in the park but the heavy snow has them seeking food
at a lower elevation.

I was lucky enough to get some ok shot during a light snow shower

This is the Upper Mezzanine area of Mammoth Hot Springs

Pretty shadows peak out between snow storms

Also animal tracks in this case a bobcat is left behind when people are not around

Pine Creek Waterfall in Autumn
Pine Creek Waterfall in Early Spring

The Pine Creek waterfall

Here is an ice fall on the Pine Creek waterfall
I love the aqua blue colors

We hiked 2.5 miles up through the snow to finally capture a worthwhile couple of pictures...
then we hiked the 2.5 miles back down to the car with the light hail and snow hitting our heads

This pretty horse came over to our car while I was taking these pictures below

The deer are numerous in Paradise Valley

I believe it is because of the access to ranch lands where the few mountain loins cannot go

Elk chilling out in Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Spring area

"All the scratch is making me itch!"
-Malcom McClearen
More elk antlers

The remains of elk antlers in Yellowstone

Next week more springtime pictures and special tribute to Yellowstone National Park