Yellowstone - Grand Tetons National ParksWyoming, September 2015
Entering Yellowstone from the northeast entrance we travel through Dead Indian Pass into Montana. The snow from the night before covered the higher elevations.
First encounter with Yellowstone bison in Lamar Valley
Steaming Mammoth Hot Springs leave colorful mineral deposits over years and years of activity.
The lower falls of the "Grand Canyon" of the Yellowstone is breathtaking. The reds and yellows (from which Yellowstone gets its name) comes from oxidizing iron and minerals in the eroding canyon walls.
Early morning ice crystals cover raspberries and geese feeding in the field.
Bison and fly-fisherman share the Firehole River
Old Faithful Lodge and geyser. The Grand Prismatic Hot Springs...unbelievable natural colors.
The belching Dragon's Breath and eerie thermal pool creations.
Yellowstone River, juvenile trumpeter swans, common raven
An approaching grizzly certainly grabbed our attention.
Indian Pond with the Absaroka Mountains beyond. Storm Point overlooking Yellowstone Lake. Sunset over the Yellowstone River.
Sunset over Hayden Valley, young buck, and Moose Falls.
The Mormons settled the area in the 1860's. Several families built these barns with the Tetons mountains as a backdrop.
Dawn breaking on the golden aspens and Mount Moran near the Oxbow Bend of the Snake River.
Pronghorn antelope. Turning aspens in the Red Hills area east of Grand Tetons NP.
The beach at Jackson Lake. Bull elk herding his harem to safety in the woods. Boot Hill. Our cabin at Dornan Spur Ranch on the Snake River. My first moose siting...at the visitor's center.
Jackson Lake from atop Signal Mountain. The Cathedral Peaks...the highest of which is Grand Teton at 13,770 feet. View of the Peaks through the Chapel of the Transfiguration.
Lib scouting for signs of elk in Willow Flats. The bull elk sends his harem away for safety while he bugles and stands guard over his territory. Mother elk caring for her young.
Dawn light catching the Teton Peaks and beaver ponds
"Bob" the otter. Juvenile mallard. Female moose and young spotted eating water weeds from the bottom of the marsh.
View of Hendricks Pond and the Tetons beyond.
Pronghorn antelopes with ears at attention.
Lib at the Wildlife Art Museum with the "Year of the Rat" Chinese zodiac symbol ... the National Elk Refuge and wintering grounds are in the background. Elk antlers are collected and formed into arched decorations for the square in downtown Jackson Hole.
The next morning we pass through a fog bank hovering in the farm fields as we begin our journey back home.
The evening of our arrival back in Texas we were lucky to catch a view of the Blood Moon Eclipse.