|West Thumb geyser basin|
We stopped off to catch up with Michel and Carole and while we were talking Michele noticed a grizzly coming down from the hill towards us. I got a few shots before I decided he was getting a bit too close. He then disappeared into the sage bush – all eyes were trying to see where he went and about five minutes later he crossed the road about 30 metres away – completely circumnavigating us all. Over the next couple of days we saw coyote, wolf, some more black bears, big horn sheep, red fox, squirrels, badger and deer. It is an amazing place and we will definitely come back. It is very hard not to get lens envy around here with so many people with 600mm lenses. We should have bought my other camera along as it would have extended my lens further by 1.6x. We know for another time. The best animal viewing time was when the weather was horrible and it rained nearly every day around 7pm which made if difficult to cook dinner. When the weather started to fine up, the animals seemed to disappear. The deer move up the mountains and so then do their predators.
|big horn sheep|
We got a camp at the Norris campground just in time to make a cup of tea before the rain really set in. The final day in Yellowstone was spent seeing the other geysers including the famous one “Old Faithful”. Our plan was to camp back at Gros Ventre in the hope that we would see some moose. But they hadn’t been sighted for a few days. We got up before sunrise to photograph the barn on Mormon Row which has a beautiful back drop of the Tetons.