To Yellowstone

Hell-antler

“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

New-Prong

Newborn pronghorn, Yellowstone National Park, WY

camp-mess

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.

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Misty Absaroka Range, Yellowstone National Park, WY

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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

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.

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Bison cow and spring calf, Yellowstone National Park, WY

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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?!”

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Meditating Yellowstone – Marla meditates below Hellroaring Mountain in evening light.

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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.

the-Y-river

Confluence Celebration, Hellroaring Creek roars into the mighty Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Be inspired. Inspire.

YNP-cairn

Cairn along the Yellowstone River. Follow your muse!

23 thoughts on “To Yellowstone

  1. Love your capturing of the life in motion and wildness of this remarkable place! I think one of my faves is your fox “miss”…I’d say it’s a beaut, and really creates the feeling of motion!! That’s a keeper!

  2. Wonderful! I was wondering how your trip went. Building memories, with documentation. Thank you for sharing the good times, especially in “my” country. 🙂

    1. Hi Bob, and I’m wondering how about your trip, wishing we could’ve connected…The Hellroaring walk was soulful, the time in Lamar very different from past trips. More time is needed – maybe just a great guide. Know anyone? 🙂

  3. Another wonderful photo essay, Dave. Nature is all about rejuvenating it’s self and love witnessing it.

    Alpine Spaghetti! I’d say Marla is a keeper!

    By tge way, I really like this new theme.

  4. Wonderful images and text…I am sharing this with my Montana family. Love your spirit. Thanks for sharing with everyone.

  5. Your writing is an inspiration to keep improving my own. I felt the mountain mist, was exhilarated by the the not-so-sly fox, calmed by the idyllic meditation spot and soothed by the sound of rushing water. Yes, your photos put me there with you. Could have had more spaghetti, though. Nice work. Dave & Marla.

  6. Dave several of us live vicariously through your travel stories. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    I have been to Yellowstone many times winter and summer and have seen some of the wonderful wildlife there but didn’t carry a camera around my neck as you must to catch such beautiful shots as the fox running and the bison calf.

    Marla in her red coat add a lot of color to some shots. Nice to have her along to help with the chores and for good company out in the wilderness.

    Every time I look at one of your adventures it just adds to my bucket list.

    1. Thanks for the very thoughtful comment, Forrest. Sometimes memories etched are better than those photographed; and yes, we’re very lucky to be able to share these experiences.

  7. Dave, Am always moved, inspired and educated by your travel journals and breathtaking photography. Thanks for sharing another amazingly beautiful adventure.

  8. Wow.

    I keep thinking “that is the best trip yet” over and over with your work. You really need your next book to be a compilation of your hikes. Tonight the map of Yellowstone goes to work with me.

  9. Without hesitation, I was “there” through the beauty of your images, Dave. The landscape, animals, rushing river, and personal stories (Alpine Spaghetti– yum!!!) made it all real to me– a place I would like to be right now, a place I am thankful still remains wild.

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