Yellowstone National Park, June 2014.
Top left: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Top center: Yellowstone Falls. Top right: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Basalt Columns.
Middle row left: Yellowstone River at Nez Perce Ford. Middle row center: Yellowstone Lake. Middle row right: A boiling Mud Pot at the Mud Volcano area.
Bottom left: View of the Grand Teton mountains from Yellowstone National Park. Bottom center: The Lamar Valley. Bottom right: The Yellowstone River.
Sorry no pictures of geysers. It was very cold while I was at Yellowstone – in the upper 30’s and very low 40’s F. during the day. It snowed twice in the five days we visited, and was raining on several of the days. Brrr. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photo. As ever, enjoy! This post with scenic views was by special request. Back to wildlife with the next post, and I will have a pleasant surprise.
These American White Pelicans were spotted in the area of Fishing Bridge near Lake Yellowstone on the Yellowstone River. I was quite happy to see the pelicans as I had previously seen White Pelicans both in Tennessee on Lake St. George in Fairfield Glade (a rare sighting) and in Florida on both coasts. These pelicans Winter in the warmer areas such as Florida and many spots along the Gulf of Mexico.
Apparently, White Pelicans are pretty commonly seen on large rivers and lakes in the Midwestern states in the Summer months. These large birds mostly eat fish. This area of Yellowstone is very lovely and much less crowded than the areas near Old Faithful (about 35 miles away). I took these pictures on June 15, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
During my stay in Yellowstone National Park, I was lucky enough to get to see a flock of the Sand Hill Cranes. I had never seen any of these tall birds before. I only caught a quick glimpse of three different groups of the birds in flight. The birds were wading in the marshy shallows of the Yellowstone River in the Hayden Valley, and were quite far away from the area where we could take the pictures. We had to hike across a meadow in 25 degree (F.) cold to get the pictures. It was also a foggy morning along the river. The Sand Hill Cranes eat grains, grasses, small insects, and small aquatic animals. I was surprised to find out through my additional Internet research, that the Cranes can live up to two decades! They are mostly residents of the Great Plains and Northern Mid-West as well as Canada during the Summer. Some flocks also spend the Winter in Northern Mexico and Southern Texas and New Mexico. I was very glad to have seen the wonderful big birds! I took these pictures at about 7:00 in the morning on Sept. 9, 2011. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!