Monthly Archives: October 2016

Yellowstone with Family and Lots of Critters

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Cold air along the Snake River creates an early morning fog bank in front of the Grand Teton mountain range.

Cold air along the Snake River creates an early morning fog bank in front of the Grand Teton mountain range.

In my opinion, fall is the best time to visit Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area. Kids are back in school, the weather cools, the aspens turn a bright yellow and the critters are extra active getting ready for winter. For these reasons, we return every September only this year my sister and brother-in-law rented an RV and joined us for a 3 week stint. We started out in Bozeman then spent multiple nights in Gardiner, West Yellowstone, Cody, the Shoshone National Forest, and the Grand Tetons giving us an opportunity to see all sections of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.

In addition to these elk, we saw lots of bison and pronghorn along the highway between Livingston and Gardiner MT.

In addition to these elk, we saw lots of bison and pronghorn along the highway between Livingston and Gardiner MT.

We were a day or two late to see wolves and grizzlies on this elk carcass. When we arrived, only coyotes and ravens were picking through the remains.

We were a day or two late to see wolves and grizzlies on this elk carcass. When we arrived, only coyotes and ravens were picking through the remains.

Not long after we arrived, another group of coyotes came out of the trees to challenge these guys for the elk remains. They were not happy.

Not long after we arrived, another group of coyotes came out of the trees to challenge these guys for the elk remains. They were not happy.

To hear their displeasure, check out my video on these howling coyotes:

Last year, I found pikas in a talus field in the north section of Yellowstone. I'm glad to report they were still here this year.

Last year, I found pikas in a talus field in the north section of Yellowstone. I’m glad to report they were still here working hard to prepare for winter.

One thing we have not seen in the past years, is big horn sheep along the roadways. We came upon a group of ewes and calves on the road through Dunraven pass in Yellowstone.

One thing we have not seen in past years, is big horn sheep along the roadways. We came upon a group of ewes and calves on the road through Dunraven pass in Yellowstone.

Close by but in a separate group, we spotted 2 bighorn rams along the same road as the ewes. In another month, they'll be literally butting heads over the ladies.

Close by but in a separate group, we spotted 2 bighorn rams along the same road as the ewes. In another month, they’ll be literally butting heads over the ladies.

Outside of Yellowstone just north of Gardiner, there's a dirt road off the highway leading to cattle ranches. In the pasture pictured here, we spotted grizzly bears foraging along cows.  The cows seem unperturbed by the bears but kept a close eye on them nonetheless.

Outside of Yellowstone just north of Gardiner, there’s a dirt road off the highway leading to cattle ranches. In the pasture pictured here, we spotted grizzly bears among the cows foraging in the dirt. The cows seem unperturbed by the bears but kept a close eye on them nonetheless.

I took this pic of the same pasture pictured above with a telephoto lens. These bears are within 50 yards of the cattle.

I took this pic of the same pasture pictured above with a telephoto lens. These grizzly bears are within 50 yards of the cattle.

Gros Ventre campground in the Grand Tetons is moose-central. Each morning, multiple moose wander through. Seconds after I took this photo, the big bull moose gave chase to the cow and calf.

Gros Ventre campground in the Grand Tetons is moose-central. Early each morning, multiple moose wander through the campground. Seconds after I took this photo, the big bull moose gave chase to the cow and calf.

Fall aspens in the Grand Tetons National Park.

Fall aspens in the Grand Tetons National Park.

 

 

 

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