Grand Teton & Yellowstone Bison
November 8th, 2020
Today, we’re herding up all my remaining photography of bison in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. During our photo tour in Grand Teton, we came across a huge herd roaming free on the range near the town of Kelly, north of the Gros Ventre River. This area made world history in 1925 when the Gros Ventre Landslide — among the largest in the world — occured on Sheep Mountain, which in turn caused massive flooding that wiped out the town.
Kelly has long since recovered and these days is growing slowly as a sleepy suburb of Jackson, located amid the territory of roaming bison. On this morning, about 50+ bison moved east in small groups, with a few calves tagging along. Some of the younger males broke into a run, chasing after each other through the herd, then turning away and running west towards the mountains. We watched for about an hour as the graceful procession passed by and disappeared over a hill.
A few days later, we drove through Yellowstone National Park as we started our route back home. Upon exiting the park in the afternoon, we were confronted by bison rush hour along the Madison River. I stood up out of the sunroof and captured some photos and video of the herd wandering by while the Park Service employees did their best to clear the road. A fantastic chance to see the bison up close from the safety of our vehicle!
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.