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Leaving Yellowstone

Posted in Nature, Photography, Travel by leahyetter on June 29, 2016

As I’ve already said, we had a wonderful time in Yellowstone and I feel confident in saying that we left it just as we found it.
The only things we brought home were a couple souvenirs, maps, memories, and lots of photographs.

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I don’t have the high speed equipment to get a good photograph of a black bear AND stay safe so I kept my distance when we came across this fella. I’m fine with that.

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We saw beautiful waterfalls and at this spot, we met a nice gentleman with his camera on a tripod shooting in the opposite direction of this waterfall.

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He pointed out a baby osprey atop a pillar of rock in the canyon waiting for it’s mom.

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©Leah Yetter Photographer

There is a wolf den somewhere up in those hills but we never saw a wolf up close. Obviously.

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This Bison crossed the stream nervously, looking back again and again. Not sure what was after her but she seemed quite nervous.  She joined the herd after this.

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One of our last stops was at the Grand Prismatic Springs…along with the rest of the tourists.

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This is the largest hot spring in the United States and the third largest in the world.

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It’s colors match the rainbow dispersion of white light by an optical prism: red, orange, yellow, green, and blue.

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©Leah Yetter Photographer

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©Leah Yetter Photographer

A great experience was had by the three of us. I’ll admit that I had a little separation anxiety when leaving Yellowstone. We just grew to love it so much and wanted to see more. Fortunately our next stop was Grand Teton National Park. So with butterflies in our bellies, we continued on for  the adventures ahead of us!


 

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Yellowstone: Wildlife from the Window

Posted in Nature, Photography, Travel, Wildlife by leahyetter on June 14, 2016

Thank you for your kind comments yesterday. I always enjoy hearing from you guys. While I was typing replies and looking over the shots from yesterday, I realized that some of them just didn’t have anything to help with scale. I mean, I’m sure you get it that it’s a large hot spring because the name is Mammoth Hot Springs, but my close-ups and detail shots may not have really shown that.

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So in this image above, on the left and beyond the trees, you can see the boardwalk and people. Not only is it huge, it’s high. It was definitely a climb.

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Pretty darn impressive.
As I said yesterday, since we didn’t make it to Old Faithful, we sought out landscapes and wildlife in other areas of the park.

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One creature that isn’t shy in the daylight or at any time of day in fact is the Raven. They are HUGE! Much larger than the crow that we have at home.

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Not only is the size difference a way to determine a raven from a crow, the fluffy feathers around the head and neck is a feature of the raven.

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Tower Fall. One of the several waterfalls we visited along the way.

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I rolled the window down to get this rumble between two bull bison. The drama didn’t last long.

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This coyote casually ran past the bison fight and trotted along with a mission. Not sure where he was going but I thought since he was close, I’d keep the window down for a quick portrait.

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We drove for a bit and saw cars pulled off and people out with their cameras just snapping away. Three bull elk were grazing. The one farthest away is a young bull. The two older ones would stomp and chase him away but he’d always come back to graze with them. It’s typical behavior between the young and old. Competition at it’s finest.

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I’d like to say that we stayed in the car to get our shots of these guys but we didn’t. We stepped out to get a closer look and we became the average tourist taking a risk to get “the shot”. It’s not a smart thing to do. This is not Disney or a petting zoo. These are wild animals and at anytime, they could look up and see that they are surrounded by a threatening presence of humans. And out of that fear of threat, they could injure any one of us. All I can say is that they are more than likely used to humans ogling at them but if anything were to spook them, we’d be in danger.

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Fortunately on this day, these guys were pretty docile and were mostly interested in grazing the bright green grass. I shot this with a telephoto once back in the van. Must be nice to have an impressive rack to scratch that itch.


 

The Big Hoorah

Posted in Nature, Photography, Wildlife by leahyetter on December 21, 2011

We drove up into the hills to put out salt and mineral for the cows when Patrick spotted movement about a mile away with his hyper-vision. It was a herd of Bull Elk fighting on a flat.

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Just look at this guy in the top right. He would circle the herd, run toward the hill and then turn back around to charge one of the others.

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He’d go at it with one…

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…and turn around to fight another.

I’m sure glad these guys made it through hunting season. Such an awesome sight to see in our backyard.


Elk Week: Bruisers

Posted in Nature, Photography, Wildlife by leahyetter on September 10, 2011

These two bulls are the favorites. The heavies.

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This guy posed beautifully in the sunshine by the sunflowers.

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We woke this one up from a nap and sat with him for a while.

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He checked things out then started grazing.

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This image feels like the cover of a magazine along with the one on Thursday.

I’m not a hunting woman, at least not with a gun. I hunt with a camera. But if you are in the market for one of these bruisers, you can book a hunt with Edwards Outfitting and see these guys for yourself.
Well, that’s it for Elk Week.  I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at these magnificent creatures. The last time I photographed them, they were in the velvet. This time, their antlers were shiny and smooth with silver-tines. We had an incredible time watching them play in the mud, run through the sunflowers, and we even witnessed a couple fights. Yikes.
Thanks Rich Edwards for a fabulous getaway!


Elk Week: Babyface

Posted in Nature, Photography, Wildlife by leahyetter on September 9, 2011

As the sun went down, the young one made his appearance.

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He’s got a sweet  face and his coat is spotless.

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His rack ain’t half bad either. Silver-tines and all.

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We woke him up as the sun was rising. He rubbed the sleep out of his eyes and gave us a pose before he started grazing.
The “big bruiser” is coming up tomorrow and he will close out Elk Week for us. I’ll also give you the information on where to find these fellas. See you tomorrow!


Elk Week: A Favorite

Posted in Nature, Photography, Wildlife by leahyetter on September 8, 2011

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Once we left the mud pit and passed by the sunflower field, this gentleman ran right in front of us and stopped at this tree. I guess he felt the need to strike a pose because it can’t get any prettier than this.  This is Patrick’s favorite shot from the weekend. Not necessarily his favorite bull, but favorite shot.

Stay tuned for Babyface. He will make his grand appearance tomorrow.  Until then, keep your powder dry!


Elk Week: Wallowing in the Mud

Posted in Nature, Photography, Wildlife by leahyetter on September 7, 2011

A nice way to cool off during these hot temperatures is to….well…

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wallow in a mud hole of course!

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Just splash it on your belly.

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And lay down in it so that you get covered from head to toe.

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Make sure, though, that it tastes good enough to be rolling around in.

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Do some stretches to strengthen your neck muscles and scratch that itch.

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Then make your way to the sunshine to dry off.

If you follow these easy steps, you’ll find it’s a surefire way to beat the late summer heat.


Elk Week: Bugling for Sunflowers

Posted in Nature, Photography, Wildlife by leahyetter on September 6, 2011

Spent some time with several bull elk,

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in a sunflower field,

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under the Nebraska setting sun.

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We had about 24 hours of free time this weekend so Patrick and I ran away to Nebraska to listen to the bugling elk after they wallowed in the mud pits and shined up their antlers in the brush.

I have more photos to show you of these creatures  but I thought I’d give you a tease before sharing the others.  We’ll call this Elk Week.

Hope you had a nice and relaxing weekend!


Deep in the Forest

Posted in Nature, Photography, Wildlife by leahyetter on June 13, 2011

Still working on my Seasons project, we hiked into an area I hadn’t explored yet. And I could swear I saw Sleeping Beauty in the distance.  This forest was absolutely gorgeous like how I imagined as a kid when mom read me fairy tales. But since neither one of us can claim to be Prince Charming, we didn’t go wake her.

The trails were made of wildflowers and green grass.

We passed probably a hundred cocoons waiting for the right moment to release the butterflies.

We sat right here waiting for something that Patrick saw in the distance. I couldn’t believe what I saw.

Two bull Elk were leaving the canyon to climb higher. We were probably 40 feet from them. This is the closest I’ve ever been to Elk in the wild. Their antlers are just now getting started, still in the velvet. We were so close we could see bugs flying around them. It was breathtaking.

But they weren’t as thrilled with seeing us. This one performed a very rude gesture before turning and running up the next hill.

Aside from that, this evening hike turned out to be a very successful shoot.


Elk in the Road

Posted in Horses, Photography, The Ranch, Wildlife by leahyetter on December 10, 2010

Was trying to photograph the ranch horses running across the open pasture.

But this wad of elk got in my way.

Camera hogs.


 

The Five Points Ranch

Posted in Nature, Stormy Skies, Travel, Wildlife by leahyetter on July 8, 2010

We  took a quick drive to Nebraska for a barbecue on July 4th.  We weren’t there long but we had enough time to fish and hunt elk. By fish I mean with a fly-rod. Patrick taught me how to fly-fish. I caught a few too! And by hunt elk of course I mean with my camera. I have never been this close to elk unless it’s hanging on someone’s wall. Out in the hills around the ranch where we live, I will see them way off in the distance and usually it’s just their rear-end getting the heck away from us. But on this trip, we located them at sunset and sunrise.  They posed for us and it was incredible.

Click this image for some close-ups of elk in the velvet.

Elk silhouette at sunrise

Click this image to see the area and insects that hopped and fluttered around us while we fished in the ponds that were FULL of bass. We spent time with Patrick’s Uncle Rich and his lovely gal and her two kids. Storms would creep up on us and quickly move along which created great conditions for the fish to bite.

the beautiful calm before the storm

Needless to say we had a great time.  Thanks Uncle Rich!