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Lamar Valley

Each area of Yellowstone National Park is so disparate from the other that I often feel like I’ve been teleporting between different lands.  Traveling from the Mammoth area to Lamar Valley takes me through an ever changing landscape.  By the time I’m in Lamar Valley, I feel like I’ve entered the Land Of The Lost, but instead of dinosaurs, there’s bison, antelope, deer, bear, coyote, wolves, badgers and dozens of other animals.

I suppose for those not so prone to fancy, its not quite Land of The Lost, but I can imagine its still a bit like going back in time.  There’s little in the way of man-made structures to spoil the landscape.  Wild animals carry about giving minimal notice to our small presence.   The sky and land open up until our presence as mere dots on the landscape becomes apparent…even more so when we leave our cars behind and hike even a small ways into the landscape.

Its not a thing I feel I can adequately capture in photos, but perhaps you might get a small sense of the place in what I have captured.

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Looking Closer

Remaining in Delaware, but turning my attention from big landscapes, vibrant sunsets and the big picture to the little things- the creatures you meet with your belly on the ground, the birds found when looking up and everything else waiting for someone to take a closer look.

So, an appreciation of little things:

 

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I’d originally planned this post to be a small interruption from sharing the photographs from my recent Yellowstone trip by sharing a selection of old and new images from the Delmarva area.  It didn’t take me long to realize that including all those images in one post would be too big a task.  I’d forgotten about several folders of photographs I’d meant to share before now.  Oops.

So, here is part one: Lewes, Delaware

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Landscapes

I can’t imagine ever getting tired of the scenery around Yellowstone and the Tetons.  Every time the light changes, its like an entirely new world.

I yearn to explore all the roads and trails.  I dream of spending months at a time there, photographing every nook and cranny, venturing into each town and discovering more of what that world has to offer.

One of these days…

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Run, bear…run!

In spring the bison have to remain vigilant to protect their calves. Grizzly, wolves, black bear…predators of all kinds looking for an easy meal. This particular black bear may or may not have been hunting for a bison calf, but he definitely got too close and was chased quite a ways before the bison let him be.

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Three Little Bears

I’m not sure there are many things cuter than a baby black bear…except maybe three baby black bears.

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Yellowstone National Park.

Fearless Red Dogs

My trip to Colorado, Montana and Wyoming was a whirlwind of travel, photography and amazing animal encounters.  I didn’t manage to photograph every encounter, like the wolf the we followed as it trotted down the road in the light of our headlights, then turned around to stand 10 feet from the vehicle window before melting into the woods; or the grizzly sow and her two yearling cubs who popped their heads over a roadside embankment as we pulled over on our drive back to camp to see what was moving about in the dark.  But I was fortunate enough to photograph otters playing on the ice, a coyote successfully hunting in the snow, a black bear and her 3 new cubs, a grizzly and her tiny cub, sandhill cranes and a slew of other wildlife.

And despite all those encounters, I’m still quite enamored with the bison activity that I captured.  Bison calves (aka “red dogs”) were everywhere.  Quick and nimble, but appearing clumsy and silly.  Curious, playful and…fearless.

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Fearless.

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Fearless…

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Not so fearless.

 

More to come!

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