Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Redfish Lake in the Sawtooths

For something different, we visited Redfish Lake in the Sawtooths. Lots of nice little campgrounds, mountain vistas, and lake views.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Big Springs fish

For the fish in Big Springs, it must seem like fish heaven. After swimming up stream as far as they can go, they reach a point where people, instead of trying to catch and eat them, feed them pellets and bread from a bridge all day long.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bull Moose

Here's a shot of a bull moose crossing the Henry's Fork.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Swimming Otter

This adorable little guy was happily swimming amongst the fish and waterfowl at the Big Springs bridge in Island Park, Idaho.

Swimming Otter

Birds in Flight

Just a couple bird pics. An osprey looking for a meal above the Henry's Fork, and a gull lifting off at Big Springs

Monday, August 16, 2010

Big Springs

We camped at Big Springs campground, outside of Yellowstone (22 miles) this past weekend. This small campground was much nicer than what we experienced at Bridge Bay last weekend. It's convenient to the park, fairly secluded and LOTS of wildlife. We saw four moose, including two bulls. Fish are visible in the springs, but no fishing is allowed. Birds included blue herons, osprey, and various waterfowl. The area is supposed to have a significant population of Great Gray Owls, which we did not see, but I may have heard one nearby in the early morning.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Heron in Gibbon Meadows

Saw a heron along the river, west of the road along Gibbon Meadows. It quickly flew off as I approached, so I got the best shot I could as it departed.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Grand Prismatic Spring

We climbed the ridge just south of Grand Prismatic Spring on Saturday. We saw others going to a lower elevation viewing point west of our location. I'm sure it was a great view there, but the higher you go the brighter the colors and better the perspective. Although the vast majority of Yellowstone visitors never see this sight, in my opinion it's the most impressive thing to see in the park.

Our RV at Bridge Bay

We camped at Bridge Bay over the weekend. We don't recommend loops A or B, unless you want to be close to the marina. The RV is 33 years old and decided to leak multiple fluids, most notably power steering fluid. Manual steering was exciting. We don't recommend the mechanic services at Fishing Bridge, unless you want nothing done.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Alpine Meadow North of Canyon

Mountain flowers in an alpine meadow, just north of Canyon Junction

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Tower Fall

Just a quick pic of Tower Fall. All the other waterfalls in the park are called "falls" - plural. I wonder why this one is singular.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Swan in Madison River

We've seen this swan on multiple occasions this year in the Madison River near the eagle sitings. Spectacular bird!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Bull Elk

These two bull elk were found peacefully grazing and drinking from a fresh stream off the Gibbon River just south of the Norris Campground. It was a beautiful sight!

Bald Eagle

The signs for the Bald Eagle Management Area on the west entrance road along the Madison River were blank over the weekend. I'm not sure if that was temporary, but the eagles were not around the nest. We did spot one nearby, along the Madison River.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Grizzly Sow With Cubs

As of yesterday, there was a grizzly sow with two cubs in the meadow about 100-150 yards east of the road about half way between Dunraven Pass and Tower Junction. She apparently has been there fairly consistently. Park rangers are present to make sure people don't get too close (and ensure all four wheels of every parked vehicle are 100% off the road). We saw the sow and both cubs, but getting good shots takes patience. We never saw all three with heads up at the same time. Last year the bears in this area disappeared in August as the food supply was depleted, so they may not be in this area long. We also saw a black bear just north of Tower Junction.