We saw bears! Grizzlys galore! This skinny bear was probably fresh out of his winter's hibernation. He walked along, wolfing down grass like a ravenous shaggy cow. I asked a ranger if the bear ate the grass to 'clear' his post-hibernation intestinal tract, but nope. The bear was just loading up on free and easy to access calories. Who knew grass could nourish a b'jillion pound Grizzly bear?
|The best, most up front & personal view of a Yellowstone Grizzly I've ever been privy to,|
|The grizzlies are practically polka dots in the vastness of the scenery|
|Once upon a time, in a beautiful sage filled meadow, there were 3 bears...|
|A group of 'ladies' passing through a meadow.|
|Minor Skirmish between friends|
|The Cheyenne called these little fellows, Red Dogs.|
|Isn't this litte guy adorable -and drowsy.|
|The little families were kind enough to share their morning with us human kind.|
|These cows were on the east side of the park along the Madison River.|
|Back off, I got dibs on nursing!|
|Keep those rowdy red brats away from us... we're digesting.|
|Osprey soaring over the Biscuit Basin|
|This pair of Mountain Canada Geese perched by the drive, over the Firehole River|
"Hi!" I shouted, over-enthused as per usual. I walked up to the woman, by binoculars at the ready. She smiled at me in greeting, a look of trumph on her face. I rattled on.
"A Bald Eagle!"
The smile instantly vanished from the woman's face. "THAT, she growled at me, "is a Golden Eagle!"
Her tone left no lee way for disagreement.
Slowly I backed away from her, and back into the car, Joann threw the car into get-away mode and off we raced before the mean lady could attack. I suspect, someone was determined to add a Golden Eagle to her life list. Here is the beautiful juvenile Baldie in question, looking, gratifyingly, nothing like a Golden Eagle. Oh, unless of course you need one for your life list...
|The Mountain Bluebirds were pretty lively.|
|I was thrilled to get this shot of a Cassin's Finch|
|AND WE'RE AIRBORN!|
Though the scenery and land features of Yellowstone are truly awe inspiring, the wildlife is my favorite thing about this unique park. Can't wait to see what we can find the rest of our time here.