Yellowstone NP covers such a vast area, with a variety of landscapes and animals that must be seen to be believed. We spent a few days in the Madison Jct. area then I had to return to Jackson, WY, to get a couple of things taken care of. Donna went on to the Mammoth Hot Springs area to camp for 2 nights and I suggested he get out to Lamar Valley to see the animals there. That paid off big time, she saw a badger, big horn sheep, antelope, bison, elk and a grizzly! Meantime I got things taken care of and met her at Canyon Village campground for 2 nights. This is a different view of Yellowstone Lower Falls than you usually see. I’ve included so many images from Yellowstone in previous posts I thought this time I cover a very interesting evening we spent watching some of the wildlife.
The first evening we headed out to Hayden Valley since that is another good place for possible sightings. We had hopes of seeing a grizzly bear but you can never tell. Our patience paid off in spades as we settled in at a pullout and watched a grizzly sow and large cub on the top of a distant hill. What amazed us was the fact that there was an elk cow who seemed very curious about them. and very nearby were more.
We watched as the cub moved away and then back closer to the sow, with the elk watching them. The sow was evidently aware of more going on than we could see at the moment. It was fascinating to see the elk so little put off, we had expected them to take flight, instead they were content to watch also. The cub wandered away again, then started to head up the hill to follow the sow who was already out of our sight.
One of the last images I got shows the cub to the left, the elk “gallery” and two wolves (yep, I didn’t know I’d photographed them until I looked at my images on the laptop). So we watched 2 Yellowstone predators being watched by their prey, probably not a very common way to spend an evening.