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Yellowstone Spring 2011

The snow is supposed to thaw by the start of the May. At least that is what the calendar says…. But in reality the end of May still had record snow continuously falling and the ground had a substantial snow pack. Avalanche danger alerts were in effect everywhere. The melt is what I worry about.

The sightings began with a grizzly and ended with a Grizzly.  However, cubs were scarce. The snow had to have an impact. Sows must have kept their brood in the dens or nearby as late as possible. The food supply of carcasses was evident everywhere. Winter had taken it’s toll on all the hoofed animals. Predators had their pick just about everywhere in the Park and the surrounding woodlands.

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone”.  Well, one must have been very rich to visit this Park at this time of year because there were many things to be seen and I was very lucky to have seen what I witnessed. And I left it alone. These images keep reminding me of the magnificence that is Yellowstone.

Grizzly

Grizzly

Wolf - lone female

landscape

Bighorn Sheep

Harlequin Ducks

Bison with Calf

Marmots

Otter

Badger

Sandhill Crane

Snowshoe Hare

Black Bear

Grizzly Boar

Grizzly

Harlequin Ducks

Great Blue Heron

Yellowstone River

Grizzly Boar w/ Bison carcass

Otter

Bighorn Sheep

Bison

Wolf - adult female

Harlequin Duck

Blue Bird

Grizzly

Grizzly

Bison

Common Merganser

Great Blue Heron

Grizzly Boar on a Bison carcass

Black Bear

Landscape

Otter

Grizzly

Marmots

Bison

Harlequin Duck

Harlequin Duck

Grizzly

Grizzly Boar

Grizzly w/ a Vole

Grizzly

Snowshoe Hare

Wolf - adult female

Black Bear

Shoshone N.F.

Landscape

Bald Eagle (immature)

Bighorn Sheep

Bison calf

Grizzly Boar

Grizzly

Grizzly

Grizzly

Otter

Harlequin Ducks

Great Blue Heron

Goldeneye Duck

Yellowstone Lake

Bison and Calf

Bison

Wolf - adult female

Elk

Bighorn Sheep

Grizzly

Grizzly

Black Bear

Otter

Marmots

Harlequin Ducks

Landscape

Bison

Grizzly Boar w/ Bison carcass

Grizzly Boar w/ Bison carcass

Grizzly Boar w/ Bison carcass

Grizzly Boar w/ Bison carcass

Bighorn Sheep

Sandhill Crane

Otter

Harlequin Ducks

Mallard Ducks - 2 males fighting over female

Redtail Hawk

Wolf - adult female

Bison

Landscape

Otter

Otter

Grizzly

Grizzly

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

Bull Elk

Pronghorn Antelope

Bluebird

Redtail Hawk

Harlequin Duck - female

Harlequin Duck - male

Harlequin Ducks

Beaver

Grizzly

Grizzly

Grizzly

Grizzly

Grizzly boar

Grizzly boar w/ a Bison carcass

Black Bear

Black Bear

Snowshoe Hare

Landscape

Bison and Calf

Badger

Otter

Otter

Goldeneye Ducks pair

Harlequin Ducks

Marmots

Bison calf

Bison

Bighorn Sheep

Wolf - adult female

Shoshone N.F.

Red Squirrel

Harlequin Ducks

Harlequin Ducks

Grizzly

Black Bear

Bighorn Sheep

Pronghorn Antelope

Bison with Calf

Bison

Marmots

Otter

Otter

Grizzly

Grizzly

Grizzly

Grizzly Boar

Landscape

Landscape

 

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