Tag Archives: Wyoming

Red Bark

photograph of a tree trunk covered in red bark

This tree stood along a trail I was hiking one morning.  I thought the vivid, rusty bark contrasting with the greens of the moss and pines made this an interesting study of color and texture.  The early morning shade provided the perfect soft, even light to produce the deeply saturated colors just as I remember seeing them.

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Black Bear With Cubs

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photograph of a black bear and two cubs in Yellowstone National Park

A black bear and her two cubs look for food among fallen timber.  While we watched they periodically stopped and clawed at the fallen trees.  I can only assume they were after the insects inside the logs.

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Road Block

photograph of a bison standing in the middle of a road


Running Pronghorn

photograph of a pronghorn sheep running

Pronghorn are said to be the second fastest animal on land.  We were lucky enough to find a small herd of them during our visit to Yellowstone National Park and this one was practically showing off for us.


Angry Ground Squirrel

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photograph of a ground squirrel barking in Yellowstone National Park

Late one evening I discovered a large colony of ground squirrels living around a tree.  I woke up early the next morning and quietly walked through their territory.  Doing so I began to realize the core group remained together near a tree but several individuals acted as perimeter security.  This one seemed to be warning the others of my presence.

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Cliff Swallow Nests

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photograph of Cliff Swallow nests under the eaves of a building in Yellowstone National ParkCliff Swallows like to build their mud nests up high, out of reach of potential predators.  As their name implies, they frequently nest along steep cliffs.  This small colony of Cliff Swallows took advantage of the eaves of a public restroom and built their nests all along the back of the building.

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Geothermal Features

photograph of geothermal features near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park

The constant bubbling of mineral infused, hot water leaves colorful, thin layers of sediment throughout the geothermal areas of Yellowstone National Park.  The hot spring in the foreground of this photo reminds me of a lunar crater while the colorful cliff and distant steam behind it add to the other-worldliness of the scene.