Heading back to the motel after freezing up at the Bristlecones (it was 39 degrees F with a 20mph wind blowing), we returned down the access road and down to Hwy 395 just outside of the town of Big Pine. I saw some great clouds over the Sierras … and a nice pasture scene in the foreground, so pulled off the side of the road and grabbed the camera.
These are just some various shots I took on my last Yellowstone trip. The Grizzly was a long ways away from the road where I was … just a long telephoto lens and some cropping. The moose photo (below) isn’t the best … a little blurry. But it decided that it didn’t like the photo op and hurried off before I could get another shot off.
There are other views to be had besides the ones in my last few posts that focused on hot springs and buffalo.
I’m not completely sure that these are Yellow Fawn Lilies … but they look just like what in Washington would be that lily. An advantage to going to Yellowstone early is the spring wildflower show. Very nice.
If you have a little extra time, one of the day trips worth taking from Yellowstone is getting outside the park and down to Jackson Hole, where you can get an excellent view of the Tetons.
My last post talked about wanting to get back to Yellowstone. One of the dominant species is the Buffalo and Yellowstone has a lot of them. They are used to people enough that they run away from them, but every year there are stories of injuries from folks that thought they just needed to get a little closer for that perfect photo and get charged. (The photo below of the buffalo calf was taken from a boardwalk … with a telephoto lens and then cropped … I wasn’t really very close.) In the bottom photo, the buffalo clearly have the right of way on the highway. You’re lucky if they don’t just start laying down in the road and warming themselves on the pavement.
This area is just a few miles from Reno … if you drive in the right direction. Driving in the ‘wrong’ direction will put you through miles of sprawl.
This is a Regal Horned Lizard that I was lucky enough to spot along the roadway when it moved. Otherwise, it is so wonderfully camouflaged to blend in with the surrounding surface, I probably would have missed it.
I was up hiking in one of the easy to access alpine areas in the Olympic National Park and saw this Townsend’s Chipmunk hanging from a Canadian thistle top. I love the way the back toes are splayed out.