Yellowstone Spring 2014

We had one of the most delightful trips to Yellowstone this year. We stayed at the Canyon campground, which is in the center of the park. By the first week in June, the entire road system in Yellowstone is open and you are able to travel the entire park at your leisure. Our travels this year did not even cover the whole park system but what we did see was amazing. We did not arise at 5 a.m. but slept in until about 6:30 and still in 5 days time managed to see 25 different bears. One of the days was even dedicated to visiting geysers and we didn't expect to see any bears. I would like to share a few of the fun images and experiences we had.     **Click on any image to see it in a window of its own.

Arrow Leaf Balsam Root taken at Undine falls.

 

The early Arrow Leaf Balsam Root blooms prolific in the park in the early spring. Stopping to take one of these images was a pure delight. These and other spring flowers help to awake your senses.

Bison in Hayden Valley.

 

We have discovered, in the 35+ times we have visited the park, that when you see an interesting image, stop and take the picture. That is what happened with these bison.

Grizzly and Cub image taken near Norris geyser basin. This Grizzly had three cubs this spring but lost two. She has this healthy cub left. They were a joy to watch.

 

This Grizzly sow had one cub with her near the Norris Geyser Basin. Rumor has it that she lost two of her cubs shortly before we were fortunate enough to see her. She seemed to be a very dedicated mother. We hope her good luck in raising her remaining cub.

Yellowstone Geysers

This beautiful blue pool is located across the road from Biscuit Basin.

This unnamed pool is located on the path to Morning Glory Pool. This path has some of the most vibrant blue colored pools in the basin.

Morning Glory Pool if you take the trail from Biscuit Basin it is only around a mile and is a delightful walk through a forested trail.

Grand Prismatic Spring

The Grand Prismatic Spring is a fantastic iconic Yellowstone image. This is the third time I have climbed the mountain in order to take this image. The trail is getting worse each year. I know there are many who are asking the park service to fix the trail to the top of the mountain. I do not think it is going to happen because I do not think the park service wants to advertize the trail. 

Lower Falls of Yellowstone has a beautiful between 9:30 -10:00 a.m.

The waterfalls of Yellowstone are beautiful specimons of nature and are a wonder to observe. For several years we have been viewing the rainbow at the Lower Falls but this year the color was tremendous. You can see the rainbow daily from 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.. It all depends upon the lighting, mist, and sun angle as to how much of the rainbow will be visible that day.

Undine Falls a truly unique waterfall. This falls are located east of Mammoth Hot Springs.

Black Bear located near Roosevelt corrals.

Black bear sow and three cubs.

Black bears are one of the reasons we all go to Yellowstone. The mom and three cubs gave us the slip for three days but we were finally able to spend some time with the adorable group and watch their antics.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

 

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone provides many varied images. This is one of the many unique views that you can observe from the canyon rim.

Bull elk image taken near Canyon. His antlers are already very large the first week of June.

This young ram was found near Calcite Springs. He seemed to be on top of the world.

This beautiful cow elk was located just inside the north entrance near Mammoth Hot Springs. Notice the difference between her coat and the bull. Quite a difference.

These animals were beautiful and always help to enlighten your day. They sure provided some excitement for us. It is always amazing to see the variety of animals in such a small area as we do in the Park.

This Beaver was a real treat to see.

We have visited the park many times over the past 35+ years. Sometimes at least twice or three times a year. We have never had the opprotunity to photograph a beaver at such close range. He knew we were there and didn't even care. He made a small group of us very grateful.

We had the opportunity to photograph this pelican. We were able to enjoy watching him and another companion.

 

 

This pelican was sunning itself one morning in Hayden Valley. We were able to enjoy him and his companion just before a storm hit the valley.

Hayden Grizzly. This bear appeared at the tree line on the west side of the valley and was determined to come to the east side of the valley.

 

As the bear meandered his way through the sage brush, the prediction I made that he was going to come right toward us appeared to be coming true. It did not take too long until he was crossing the road within 20 feet of our truck. 

This image was taken at Jackson Lodge, on the patio. If you look close you can find a moose and a grizzly in the green foliage.

Same view only at 70 mm instead of 24. Which one do you like the best?

Lupines

Lupines are abundant in Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) in the early spring. We had a beautiful relaxing trip to the parks this year. I hope if you have time you will also enjoy a trip to one of the many National Parks. Thanks for looking!