Sunday, June 26, 2011

Yellowstone -first for 2011

Got back last night from a three day trip though Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks with some of our family.  We had a great time and saw a lot of great things including snow and lots of water.  There is still over 400% of snow in the mountains to come down - if it will this year.  Here is part of the Teton Range covered with snow. It will be a month or more before we can hike over these mountains.

On Sylvan Pass there is so much snow that the Big-horned Sheep are feeding along the road.  This ram has an itch he is trying to get some relief from.

Everytime we stopped to have a picnic, birds would try to join us.  Here a Clark's Nutcracker begs for something from the kids.  Illegal to feed her - she had to find someone else or crack open some nuts.

Grizzly and Black bears are abundant this year.  We caught this young grizzly feeding on the millions of midge flies hatching on Yellowstone Lake. 

It was a beautiful three days with lots of sun.  We caught this bull moose resting in the shade of some aspen as the flies bothered him.

But the most enjoyable time was watching some of the grandkids enjoy the hikes, picnics and other outdoor activities.

Though not in the wilds of Idaho - we had a great time enjoying the wildness of the national parks around us.


Veronica Wald said...

We got back 2 weeks ago, I miss it terribly! This "spring" (if that's what it is) is different from any I've experienced in so many ways. We never did see a bighorn ram, though we had some ewes walk right up to us at Wrecker's pullout where 24 hours later two grizzlies were observed to be courting. We didn't see a single fox, and only 3 coyotes, but multiple badger dens with plenty of activity, great fun to watch. Working on several postings on Amusing Musings to come, but right now am still processing photos galore!

Jann E. said...

Great photos Bill! I've been looking at planning a trip for hubby and I, to Glacier but I want to travel all of Going-to-the-Sun Rd., and a section is closed due to the avalanche risk. I'm hoping maybe late July or early Aug.

Lois Evensen said...

What a fun trip full of image opportunities. Wonderful!

Grayquill said...

What a nice place to go with you family - SWEET!

Shirleyanne said...

Gosh, the thought of snow!
We had a blazing warm day in the UK today!
But your post, a lovely combination of wildlife & catching up with the famuly! Brilliant!
Have a good week Bill!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Bill, it sure looks like you all had a wonderful time of it in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. What a splendid show of images shared as well. Have a terrific week~

Gaelyn said...

Awesome wildlife sightings. The high snow pack worked to your advantage for that.

Monts said...

Hi Bill What a fantastic trip and the images show it exceptionaly well.It must have been hard to leave it behind.

Frank said...

Hi Bill. Thanks for sharing your glorious trip into the mountains.

Janie said...

Great photos! Yellowstone always has so much to offer. We're taking our grandkids to Yellowstone for the first time this August.

eileeninmd said...

Sounds like a great trip and wonderful photos, Bill! I love Yellowstone and the Tetons.

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Grayquill said...

That is a beautiful ram - many hunters would love to have that one their sites.
Great pics

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Bill, This trip is on our list... Hope we can get there sometime. After doing the Grand Canyon area trip this summer, I'm ready to do MORE... Great pictures!!!!

Hope you are having a great weekend.

Andrew said...

A fantastic trip Bill...many thanks for sharing.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Three weeks out Bill, hope that you are doing well and just having a great time somewhere fun~

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