We are finally in Yellowstone –The Costa Rica of America

Yellowstone National Park

Buffalo Crossing Campground

09-29-2015

What a fabulous drive it is to go from Grand Tetons National to Yellowstone. It is only about a 2 hour drive, but with all of the scenic stops it is more like 4 hours.

West Yellowstone, which sits just outside the park, is a small sleepy touristy town with not much to offer except shopping and restaurants. That where the PSA photo conference is and where we are all camping.

Dick, Jack and I took off on Monday morning before dark. It was very cold and there was steam rising from all of the streams and rivers which made for some great shots. At one of the places we stopped there was a very large buffalo that seemed to be posing just for us. That is until we figured out that he was moving so very slowly because he had been injured. We thanked him for letting us get so close and not killing us, and then we moved on.

A little while longer we came upon a whole herd of elk. When one came running right at us we scattered snapping pictures while backing up..

From there we drove on until Dick yelled out, “Look, there is a bald eagle!” We got some terrific shots of him. When he left a Kingfisher took his spot.

Later in the drive there was a huge traffic jam caused by a herd of Buffalo just taking its sweet time.

Exhausted we made our way home. What a great great first day!

 

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One Last Hurrah for Grand Ol’ Tetons

Grand Tetons National Park

Colter Bay Campground

09-27-2015

My friend Dick picked me up really early to explore a part of the park that we had not been to. Moose Wilson Road looked interesting on the map, and the fact that it had been closed down, because of bear sitings made it all the more intriguing. We had not driven too far when we saw the sky turn an amazing shade a red. We couldn't find a safe place to pull over so we just kinda stopped in the middle if the road, while we oh'ed and ah'ed and took pictures.

What an early morning greating!

On our way we spotted a couple of places that tourists had stopped to photograph a moose, but it looked like he was too far off to get a good shot. We assured ourselves that we would have a closer encounter on the lonely stretch of road. That quickly proved to not be the case as car after car passed up, probably just as discouraged as we were not to see any wildlife. Still the still life was amazing.

No moose, but a nice bronze statue of one.

We stopped at the National Wildlife Museum and took many photographs of the building and huge bronze animal sculptures that surrounded it.

The entrance to the museum

An the way back to camp we stopped at a favorite site called Schwabacher Road which was along a small river with many beaver dams. We got some very great shots with the clouds reflecting in the river.


Beaver dam and the Tetons

 

Just a couple of more days in Grand Teton National Park

Colter Bay Campground

09-26-2015

Sunset at Oxbow Bend

These are the last days of our stay in Grand Tetons before we head up to Yellowstone. Everyday has been a wonderful surprise. I got to travel around the park with Jack, a friend of mine from the San Antonio Camera Club. Then my wife Kim and I traveled almost exactly the same route, but it had a totally different, yet no less adventure filled feel. Then last night, Kim and I met up with Dick, another friend from the camera club. We had a nice dinner at the Colter Bay Restaurant, and then we were off to get the sunset at the iconic Oxbow Bend turnout.

Jack is just a little obsessed with capturing the perfect shot of a bear. So when I saw this stuffed bear exhibit where the park Rangers were demonstrating the right way to use bear spray, I took the picture below to tease him. Little did I know that he had already captured a great shot of a grizzly bear in Yellowstone. You can check him out at https://smithsuncommonadventures.wordpress.com.

Here is my teaser for Jack

 

Ft there is beauty everywhere

 

Wow and Wow again!

Grand Tetons National Park

09-24-15

Here is the classic view point

Is this place incredible or what? It could not be more beautiful if I had created this place myself. The day after we arrived I was lucky enough to take a ride around the park with my good friend and photo buddy from Texas, Jack. We drove and stopped everywhere. When got to shoot moose in a couple of different locations, and a coyote who just wanted to be the center of attraction.

A lonely bull moose wandering around.

What you don't see is the 25 people taking a picture of this moose!

We stopped at so many beautiful spots that it was hard picking out just a few photos to post. Hopefully, you will enjoy some of them?

Tetons thru a old farm fence

The next day I traveled around the park with my lovely companion and long time wife, Kim. That ride had a different rhythm. A slower more wandering around pace that still managed to result in some terrific shots. There just is no bad way to travel around this park.

Jenny Lake