September 8th, 2020
Surprise! Today we’re in Wyoming, as you might have guessed from yesterday’s photo of the Teton Range. Panning right, we find an old moose enjoying a long drink of water in the marshland around the Snake River. This region of Wyoming, near Jackson Hole, is such beautiful country — still wild and mostly undisturbed. We drove through in April of 2018 on our route between Vancouver, Canada and Denver, Colorado.
North of the Teton Range, Yellowstone National Park encompasses more than 3,500 square miles (8,900 kms). Wildlife roams free, including fantastic bison across the countryside and along the road.
American Bison are one of only two surviving species of bison. They can weigh more than 2,500 pounds (1,130 kilos) and are only hunted by other large predators including bears and wolves (recently reintroduced to Yellowstone).
While shooting these photos, I never left the car and used a zoom lens to get up close and personal. Even still, there are moments while driving through Yellowstone when bison are right next to you on the road — just go extra slow and stay inside the vehicle, otherwise you risk getting seriously injured and even losing your pants as a tourist did several weeks ago when she was twirled around at the end of a bison horn. Not the Yellowstone memory you want!
Fantastic beasts don’t always have four legs. Sometimes they’re immobile, millions of years old and visible from miles and miles around.
Tomorrow, we’ll stop at a hot spot in Yellowstone National Park to see geology in progress.
Post of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.