Snow Birds

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We recently had a wave of 3 snow storms which all together yielded about 2′ of snow.  The birds huddled under branches to keep out of the intense snow blasting sideways with the strong winds.  You can see more of my Snow Animals on my photo blog…. here.

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The drifts piled high where the winds swept them against trees and boulders.  But it didn’t deter the big animals from trudging through.  We saw more than one limping as a result of tripping over unseen rocks and uneven terrain.

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It amazes me the treks these animals must take on a daily basis going from hither to yon incessantly.  It’s a tough life in these mountains and woods with their treacherous inclines and rough canyons.

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Grand Tetons

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There is something truly majestic and spectacular about the awesome mountain range that makes up Grand Tetons.  It’s towering jagged terrain is awe inspiring.  It sets up the backdrop for the thick forests, willowy birch trees, and vast meadows.  With the Snake River winding through it, it’s no wonder so many well-off people call this place home.

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After leaving Yellowstone, we were happy to be in place that seemed more relaxed and friendly.  We loved the rugged environment, the more skittish animals, and the out going people.

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We saw some great animals… elk, deer, and finally our coveted moose.  The scenery was truly magnificent.

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For more photos, check out my photo blog, kritterspix.com

Yellowstone National Park

buffboy halfPSiWe just got back from our big trip to Yellowstone National Park.

For more photos check out my photo blog, kritterspix.com.

We were less impressed by the scenery than by the animals.  We got up close and personal with over a dozen animals, from the big three (bison, elk, and bear) to fox, marmot, pika, deer, antelope, moose, and numerous birds (eagle, osprey, and white pelican).  It was a lesson in humanity to see how people stop on the road, and get right up in the animals faces taking selfies… and the animals tolerance of this stupidkind.   We witnessed one couple charged by a bull elk when people got too close.. they tend to forget that they are wild animals.

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For our part, we are trained in our environment (living in the woods), to be respectful of animals and keep our distance.  No doubt we could have gotten closer… or a better angle.. but we didn’t want to interfere with the animals.

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It was just cool to see them… and the variety we were fortunate enough to witness.

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Yellowstone is broken into a circle-8 scenic byway.  People warned us how crowded it would be.. but it was less crowded than we anticipated.  Maybe it was just the build up from all the ney-sayers.  The upper northern loop (on the west side) was far more crowded.  This section one can find Old Faithful, and  is ‘hot’ with geyser activity… and people.  The geyser sections were much more full of people.steamtreesPSi

gpyPSiAdmittedly the geysers were fascinating to observe. But we were happy to stay on the south eastern loop, in the Lake Village where there were less people, and more animals.  Which by the way, was also where there was a deadly bear attack the day we arrived, making everyone, locals and tourists alike, bear aware.

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Next stop, Grand Tetons.  We hope to see moose.

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