[Yellowstone National Park] American Bison and Grizzly Bear Included

DAY 4
10:28 AM I woke up with a sore throat. A bison munched on grass at the Yellowstone entrance. It was like a little welcome.

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I wasn’t able to take a pic of the bison so here’s a water and some trees.

The first animal I photographed in the park:
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Mountain roads made me woozy and incredibly horrifying to drive. I wanted to go under 30, which annoyed drivers behind me.
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Lots of waterfalls in Yellowstone.
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Elk!! Sooo cute.
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I’ve never seen a chipmunk until Yellowstone. THEYRE ADORABLE
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Another one.
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This muskrat was at the edge of a cliff overseeing the waterfall. It barely had any room to turn around and look at me. How did it get up there in the first place??
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Cool shaped rocks. Nature and time, man.
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Mom: Is it dead?
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These kids were gawking at this animal and then we drove by scaring it away. The little girl desperately yelled, “NOOO!”

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Mammoth Springs
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Snow was still around in June.
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Taking his time crossing the road. Adult male bison can be found solo or in groups of 2-3.
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Black bear napping.
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“The hot water that feeds Mammoth comes from Norris Geyser Basin after traveling underground via a fault line… that runs through limestone and roughly parallel to the Norris-to-Mammoth road. The limestone from rock formations along the fault is the source of the calcium carbonate.[6] Shallow circulation along this corridor allows Norris’ superheated water to slightly cool before surfacing at Mammoth, generally at about 170 °F (80 °C). Algae living in the warm pools have tinted the travertine shades of brown, orange, red, and green.” -Wiki
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You can see how the bison’s shedding its winter coat.
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Bison are everywhere. You can tell when someone’s just gotten into the park by how often they stop and take photos of them.
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Bison babies
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This deer is HUGE! and frightened.
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Anytime there’s a bear spotting, park rangers show up to enforce distance between the bear and the tourists.


10:07 PM
Returned to Cody. I feel like I’m running up a fever. 😷

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DAY 5
3:34 PM I forgot the camera back at the inn. Good thing there’s smartphones.

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Kickass waterfall.
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… next to some thermals.
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This deer’s just chilling…
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Dat blue tho.
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Tourists EVERYWHERE
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The water’s so clear!!

 

 

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Water leaf thingies. I should not be a tour guide.

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“Due to the Yellowstone Plateau’s high elevation the average boiling temperature at Yellowstone’s geyser basins is 199 °F (93 °C). When properly confined and close to the surface it can periodically release some of the built-up pressure in eruptions of hot water and steam that can reach up to 390 feet (120 m) into the air (see Steamboat Geyser, the world’s tallest geyser).[4] Water erupting from Yellowstone’s geysers is superheated above that boiling point to an average of 204 °F (95.5 °C) as it leaves the vent.

The water cools significantly while airborne and is no longer scalding hot by the time it strikes the ground, nearby boardwalks, or even spectators. Because of the high temperatures of the water in the features it is important that spectators remain on the boardwalks and designated trails. Several deaths have occurred in the park as a result of falls into hot springs.” -Wikipedia, your better tour guide

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Tired of these yet?
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What was getting me through my sore throat.
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A close up of the bottom.
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Notice how the water’s yellow. I have no scientific fact to present.
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Geyserssss
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When we colonize Mars.

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4:15 PM We waited almost an hour for this geyser, Old Faithful, to set off. Not a big fan of tourists… Too many selfie sticks.

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Here’s a smaller one going ham.
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When you’re turnt up in the restroom.

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He looks kinda grumpy.
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Of course the day I forget my camera is the day we run into a valley of bison.

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There were so many babies!
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Looks like someone gave up half way on tying a pigtail, or loose spaghetti strands on a hanger.
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A large portion of the park had dead trees. “In all, 1.2 million acres burned in the greater Yellowstone area, including 793,000 acres of the park’s 2,221,800 total. On the single worst day, August 20, 2011, now known as “Black Saturday,” strong winds blew the flames across 150,000 acres.” For more info: http://www.yellowstonepark.com/1988-fires-yellowstone/
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Camera shy. Or just hungry
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Dinner for Champions
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A gift shop’s attached to each rest area. Each one carries different merchandise. Oh, capitalism.
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Can you see me?

 

 

 

DAY 6
3:44 PM Bison. Bison everywhere! Herds of them in Lamar Valley, away from the crowd. My time of the month finally decided to visit on top of the cold… Best timing ever.

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That….
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… was from that. Deer fam!
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Mama and babies.
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whoaa
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whoaaaaaaaa
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I’d cuddle one if it didn’t have the power to end me.

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Horseback rides through trails available
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Just chillin
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This one did not like me.
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Another black bear

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The left one didn’t like me.

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🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 where the rangers stayed. A lot of people mistook it for a rest area.

 

6:59 PM Right outside Yellowstone in Buffalo Bill State Park, we passed a grizzly bear on the other side of the ravine/cliff!

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Better stay out of its way.

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perspective

A family full of kids were breaking their necks trying to get a better view. There was already a photographer at the edge of the cliff. He told me the bear had been around for 10 minutes or so, having previously fled into the forest after catching their scent, then returning just now with a gash on its side. “It’s just been in a fight,” he said.

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On the way back to Cody in Buffalo Bill.
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Goodbye mountains!
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Tamed ones because I didn’t see any wilds.
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Fog hugging

 

DAY 7
1:29 PM The road back always feels faster. Cold’s practically gone (figures). I’m pumped to go back home and work on ideas and projects. Also, we saw a juvenile moose between Cody and Sheraton.

 

 

What a fulfilling animal and nature experience. What a complete nightmare to sort through all these photos.

 

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