Yellowstone Part 1

by Gary Luker September. 21, 2019 265 views

After years of using my film camera, I slowly and finally accepted the fact that these new digital gadgets were actually pretty nice. And today, a few years later I really love my DSLR :) So, I needed to go somewhere where there was wildlife different than my local Arizona subjects, which are amazing, but I wanted some bears and some of the other magnificent animals in other locales. For us in the U.S., that other place is Yellowstone National Park. What an great place for all kinds of wildlife and scenery !! I bought back so many photos that I will have to post more than one blog. Here are a few......

Grand Teton Mountains from Oxbow Bend on the Snake River

Grand Teton Mountains from Oxbow Bend on the Snake River

American Bison (NOT a buffalo)

American Bison (NOT a buffalo)

Early Morning Moose

Early Morning Moose

Same Moose a little later and a little closer

Same Moose a little later and a little closer

Another view of the misty Oxbow Bend

Another view of the misty Oxbow Bend

Some playful River Otters across the misty river

Some playful River Otters across the misty river

Grizzly ! This is what I came for

Grizzly ! This is what I came for

American Pronghorn (NOT an antelope) Fastest land mammal on earth, except for the Cheetah for short distances, but for long distances this guy wins..

American Pronghorn (NOT an antelope) Fastest land mammal on earth, except for the Cheetah for short distances, but for long distances this guy wins..

A female Gray Wolf and two cubs. I had to include this low quality photo taken from a very far distance in predawn light, because it was so cool to catch a rare glimpse of these wolves.

A female Gray Wolf and two cubs. I had to include this low quality photo taken from a very far distance in predawn light, because it was so cool to catch a rare glimpse of these wolves.

The Pika,,,I saved my favorite for last. This fellow. about the size of a football, showed no fear even though he is at the bottom of the food chain for all the predators. He lives at 11,000 feet in the Beartooth Mountains through the winters !  You rock, Pika !!

The Pika,,,I saved my favorite for last. This fellow. about the size of a football, showed no fear even though he is at the bottom of the food chain for all the predators. He lives at 11,000 feet in the Beartooth Mountains through the winters ! You rock, Pika !!

OK, that's it for Part 1, more to follow...:)

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Diana Varey 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Love all the wildlife photos - especially the moose!

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Sherry Hill 2 months, 3 weeks ago

i sure hope there's more to follow, lots more.. gorgeous wildlife.. right down to the pika..

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Gary Luker Replied to Sherry Hill 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes, I was introduced to the Pika on this trip. I wasn't familiar with them before. We were very high up in the Beartooth Mountains , MT and came across a small group of these little guys. They were busy gathering dry grass and taking it back to their burrows for the winter. We photographed them from about 15 feet.  They seemed to enjoy the attention as they stared at us while munching their grass.  A member of the rabbit family I think. Anyway I was quite taken with them.

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Heike 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Fantastic set. Wish I had such an animal life here in Germany, but to see all this different species live we have to go into the zoo.  Meanwhile some wolves settled again, I'm happy about it, but there are also others, especially sheep breeders, who aren't  that happy and want a permission to kill them. It's a very hot and emotional discussion here in Germany.
I never saw a Pika before, very cute! Loved this set. Thanks for showing!

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Gary Luker Replied to Heike 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks, Heike.  The Pika are very cute and seem quite content to be at the bottom of the food chain.  We had fun photographing them and watching them prepare for winter.  I have more photos of them and will include some more next time. I lived in Germany as a small child, beautiful country.

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