Snow in the High Country

Snow in the High Country

While the low country has mostly melted out, the high country in the Olympic National Park is still carrying a lot of snow. The snowpack is above average, so hiking in the high country is not going to be accessible early in the summer (many areas probably not until mid-July).

Trail Views

N Fork Skokomish Trail 1

These photos are from the same day as my last post (River Bends). Nice day for a spring hike on the North Fork Skokomish trail in the Olympic National Park. The underbrush is still in winter mode… so you have more visibility at ground level. This section of the trail was originally a road until it was washed out about 50 years ago.

N Fork Skokomish Trail 2

River Bends

N Fork Skokomish River 1

These photos are all of the section of the N Fork Skokomish River above the Staircase Camp area in the Olympic National Park. I took them on a recent day hike up to one of my favorite sitting spots on a big rock overlooking the area around the first photo. After I finished processing the images, I realized that I had a series of river bend images. River bends are a major source of changing valley characteristics.

N Fork Skokomish River 2
N Fork Skokomish River 3

Yellowstone Trip Views

Yellowstone Grizzly

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.

Yellowstone Moose

There are other views to be had besides the ones in my last few posts that focused on hot springs and buffalo.

Yellow Fawn Lilies

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.

Grand Teton

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.

Buffalo in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Buffalo in the Snow

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.

Buffalo and Steam Rising off a River
Buffalo Calf
Buffalo Traffic Jam

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