From Western Road Trip 2015
All through South Dakota’s Custer State Park,Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Montana’s ranch lands, and the roads in between, we were blessed to continuously view wild life most often only see in captivity. Herds of wild bison, antelope, and elk are scattered over the plains, as are white tail and mule deer, pronghorn, and wild burros. Along the road between Cody, Wyoming and Yellowstone Park we saw a grizzly bear mama and her cub playing, and we saw three moose in two days. And then there were the prairie dogs–so numerous their colonies are called towns.
Our favorite animal was the buffalo. They are massive, regal beasts who have fooled more than one Yellowstone visitor lately with their head down, lumbering demeanor. Signs are posted everywhere warning visitors that buffalo are wild, swift, and agile–and will hurt you if you get too close. A Yellowstone ranger’s most frequent duty? Keeping visitors safe from their own stupidity.
These are a few pictures taken in Norris and Mammoth Springs areas of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The top two pictures were taken in the Norris area’s Porcelain Basin. This area is has lots of little and not so little bubblers and rivulets, including the vivid green one you see here. The place billows with vapors and the air smells strongly of sulphur. Signs warn visitors to walk only on the boardwalks because the waters are boiling and acidic.
As you can see, the Mammoth Springs landscape is surreal. It is difficult to fathom that we are looking at calcification rather than a waterfall — though there is water throughout the area and flowing over the edge but most of what you are seeing is solid. Again, the air is acrid and sulphurous.