Friday, January 3, 2014

New Year Trip to Yellowstone National Park

Happy New Year to everyone!

I took a break from blogging over the holidays so we had time to visit Yellowstone Park over the New Year and thought I would share a few photos my husband Bill and I took.  The weather was fairly mild for this time of year as the highs were in the 20's or warmer. In years past, the temperatures were in the negative numbers, so we felt fortunate to have the mild weather. It snowed off and on, but the park service plows the roads continuously so it doesn't accumulate on the roads very much. Still, there were several people that went off the road and had to be towed back on the road.


Bill shot this photo from Hellroaring overlook in the NE part of the park just as the sun was disappearing over the horizon.


I shot this photo of a young male Bighorn Sheep as it was grazing next to the road.


A few bull moose were wintering near Pebble Creek Campground. On Sunday, I'll post a video that Bill took of four bull moose. It's  exciting, because three of them take turns chasing each other.


I shot this picture of a 7x7 bull Elk on the Blacktail Plateau. There are not very many elk with 7 points on each side.  The points indicate how old they are, so this one is a fully mature bull elk.


I took this picture along the road to Cooke City, Montana. The mound of snow in the bottom right of the picture is a a picnic table.


This picture was taken by Bill near the Soda Butte. The mountain on the right is the Thunderer, the middle peaks are Amphitheater Peak and Abiathar Peak.


One of the highlights of our trip was we were lucky enough to see wolves on a kill site. Bill took this picture of a female wolf scaring the ravens off the kill. The elk was actually killed by another pack the night before and this wolf and her mate were taking advantage of it. Notice that she has a satellite collar on her neck so the Park Service can track her and her mate.

Thanks for taking the time to look at our photos

Linda and Bill 

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fantastic pictures! Thank you for sharing!

Cindy Wirl said...

Love the photos! My husband and I stayed in Cooke City during our visit to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. The views are awe inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

Olga said...

Fantastic. What a beautiful place. I was there in the summertime.

Susan D said...

Your photos are incredible! I would love to be able to experience what you did!

MariaR said...

Happy New Year! The pictures are stunning but I'm sure being there and experiencing the beauty cannot be seen in pictures. I hope to visit that area of the US someday.

Brenda said...

Beautiful pictures Linda and Bill! I love seeing the wild animals and the scenery is just amazing!! Thank you for always posting pics of the park as I know I will never get there to see it in person. I so enjoy these pictures!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

FABULOUS! I so enjoy seeing the photos you & Bill take on your trips ... awesome photography! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us!
Happy New Year to you and all the best to come in 2014!

Debby said...

Stunning photos Linda! Thanks for sharing.

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Happy New Year! What amazing photos, Linda! Thanks for including all your comments too.

I'll look forward to Bill's video tomorrow!

Lady Fair said...

Wow, beautiful pictures! What a beautiful park; someday I hope to visit, but maybe not in winter. Thanks for sharing! :)

Vivienne Holden said...

You have no idea how jealous I am Linda! I would give my right arm to visit Yellowstone! Boo Hoo. xxx

valerie said...

Happy New Year Linda. What a beautiful way to start 2014. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to the video.

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

what a beautiful place to be for the holidays. Gorgeous pictures. Ana

Momof4inArlington said...

Extraordinary as always! I didn't realize that Bill isn't the only shutterbug in the family! Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!

Donna said...

Well, look at you Miss Photographer!! Love the photos as usual. The wolf photo is awesome, lucky you guys to see them. Hoping to get down there this winter.

Donna C.

Libby's Library said...

Stunning photos. I marvel at the beauty of nature.

Libby's Library said...

Stunning photos. I marvel at the beauty of nature.

CathyinMN said...

Both you and your husband took fantastic photos! Thanks for sharing them with us.

Coelle said...

Awesome pics and thanks for sharing an experience many of us wouldn't do because of the cold and snow..having to drive a long way to get there. Just awesome pics!!!

Ann R. said...

Such wonderful pictures. I love Yellowstone, but have never been in the winter. I now think I'd like to. Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful photos.

Marie Fyfe said...

Happy New Year Linda -- what amazingly, beautiful shots -- I've never been to Yellowstone. Thank you for showing us just how beautiful nature is. M

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