Sunday, October 31, 2010

Yellowstone goes seasonal, too

My poor brain is spread too thin among too many projects and happenings, both at work and at home at the moment, so I've not been at all diligent about recording thoughts and deeds lately. The good news is, when all else fails, there are always Web cam captures. This is this morning's view from Lake Butte Overlook in Yellowstone (in the dark distance is Yellowstone Lake with some of the park's iconic mountains hidden in the fog beyond) with a couple of elk cows resting in the newly-laid snow.

Here is a harem of elk cows, and one bull with a pretty good-sized rack at Mammoth Hot Springs (much lower in elevation than Lake Butte, thus snow comes here later in the season). The full swing of the annual elk rut is probably just winding down now, but the bulls still consider themselves to be in charge. Of everything.
And here, the clouds parted on top of Mt. Washburn after the first significant snow storm this autumn, to reveal "ghost trees" encased in the white stuff:
And, happily, we still have blue herons regularly visiting Henry's Fork of the Snake River



  1. I wish I had known you were at the Henrys Fork, I would have taken you searching for Great Grey owls. You were only a few miles from my home.

  2. Alas, I wasn't there - that's a Web cam capture - keeps me sane sitting here at my desk in Chicago.
    Here's the link, for when you can't be out there either:

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