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Yellowstone 2005

We love to travel and these are from our trip to Yellowstone National Park in 2005.

I was able to get within 15-20 feet of this bull elk. There were several trees between him and I plus I believed I was faster than at least one other person down there with me.

This is Emerald Spring. The emerald colour is a product of the reflected blue colour from the pool and the yellow sulfur. Although it does not seem very deep, this spring is 27 feet deep.

This is Steamboat Geyser. When it erupts, it is capable of producing a column of 300-400 feet in height which is 2-3 times higher than that of Old Faithful. The difference and a reason Old Faithful is better known is it is predictable in its eruptions because Steamboat Geyser is not and its major eruptions occur four days to 50 years apart.

This is the Pearl Geyser area. I love mountains and it was that aspect of this picture which drew me. We lived in McBride, a small town in British Columbia, for two years and were surrounded by the mountains. We drive through McBride several times a year.

This is in the Cistern Spring area. Living algae and bacteria create the ‘living colours.’

Twig Geyser erupted for us.

This is a view across Yellowstone Lake to the mountains.

We do not get many swans in the Edmonton area. I enjoyed the single one on the river. There were other pictures, but this one had a stillness I found appealing.

Kathy took this picture. My morbid fear of heights forced me to hang out in the parking lot. She walked in to the overlook and this was the result.

Yes, I am pretty sure Kathy took this one, as well.

I started with the elk and will finish with a bison. He was seriously considering what I was doing. I took this one from about 10 feet away with the front of the van between him and me. He grunted at me a couple of times, but kept moving when I grunted back.

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  1. Joni Bokenfohr

    We are so blessed to live here on this earth, and I am awed daily by what is all around us! Thanks.

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    • When Kathy and I came back from Yellowstone, we made a point the following year to travel through our backyard in the Canadian Rockies. So often on our trips to visit in Prince George, we would just drive. The mountain parks in Canada are a great gift. We are truly blessed.

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  2. Our family enjoyed our jaunt to this area in summer of 2010. We loved all of the geological features of the park, and got to see a grizzly! Your photos bring back pleasant memories…

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    • We did not see a grizzly. When we go back, I will want to hike up into the back country, as much as my fear of heights will allow, to see if I can come a little closer. I am glad I was able to bring back some memories. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Yellowstone is an absolutely amazing place. My Dad took me there when I was 12 years old and I have incredibly fond memories from the trip. It also led me to have a deep passion for the outdoors and the incredible places of the world, something that needs to be preserved.

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    • Visiting Yellowstone left me with the want to go back and visit places nearer to home that I had taken for granted. Alberta has three mountain parks and they border on three more in British Columbia. When we hike in those parks, I am reminded of the gifts we are given and what we need to do to care for those gifts.

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  4. CheyenneCharlie

    Reblogged this on Life on the High Plains of Wyoming and Colorado and commented:
    Yellowstone

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    • Thank you for stopping by and re-blogging this post. I take it with a name like Cheyenne Charlie you have an affinity for a place like Yellowstone and it might be in your backyard.

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