“Elk Antler Over Hellroaring Creek” Yellowstone National Park, WY
When the high mountains are still locked in winter’s icy grip, Yellowstone’s sagebrush hillsides, meadows, and ponderosa forests are buzzing with life. To move through Yellowstone is life-giving, so many powerful forces in motion in this dynamic landscape, new fawn, calf, owlet, cub; a time of renewal. We backpacked around the Hellroaring Creek drainage, then went to Bozeman, before finishing up with a week of (mostly video) photography. Yellowstone gives up her secrets in brief, astonishing moments. A wolf running full speed across the sage, grizzly sow with three cubs of the year, golden eagle gliding over the Lamar River, the SLAP of a beaver tail on Slough Creek. Some moments get photographed, most don’t, and that’s just fine. Time in Yellowstone is guaranteed to inspire. My photo essay follows
Newborn pronghorn, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Camp Mess ~ We were in a cycle of afternoon squalls tracing the high ridges and drifting over the lower valleys. Here, we’re drying out before moving on.
Misty Absaroka Range, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Alpine Spaghetti! Mmmm, one of our favorites, with wild salmon and rehydrated olive tapenade on multigrain bread. I had nothing to do with it – Marla is an insanely good backcountry chef.
Hellroaring Curve, Yellowstone National Park, WY The Buffalo Plateau rises above Hellroaring Creek. One evening, we watched a distant bear digging high on the plateau.
Bison cow and spring calf, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Red Fox Run – almost a good image – the fox took us by surprise and sprinted across the trail behind us while we were having dinner on a big rock. I spun with my camera set for big landscapes and panned with the fox. A happy miss. Marla and I looked at each other and said “what the hell?!”
Meditating Yellowstone – Marla meditates below Hellroaring Mountain in evening light.
Foggy Burn on Mount Washburn, Yellowstone National Park, WY Some said Yellowstone would never be the same after the 1988 fires; but something remarkable happened. The park was rejuvenated and is thriving – dynamic life force IS in motion.
Confluence Celebration, Hellroaring Creek roars into the mighty Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Be inspired. Inspire.
Cairn along the Yellowstone River. Follow your muse!