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Welcome to Yellowstone!

In this collection, you'll find photos, videos, articles and more, all about Yellowstone National Park. I live close by, so I'll be posting personal accounts, as well as things I find around the internet. Feel free to ask questions in the comments and I'll do my best to answer you, or find an answer for you if I can.

So, please join me in exploring the very first national park, and all the splendor, mystery and adventure it has to offer. =]:)

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Bobcat looks out from its hunting blind from Madison River

The Yellowstone Bobcat (Lynx rufus) is one of the more elusive animals to spot in the park. They like to hang out in rocky areas, conifer forests and you can occasionally see one near a river or lake as they hunt. Winter is a great time to spot one.

I wrote more about the Yellowstone Bobcats here:

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Happy birthday, Thomas "Yellowstone" Moran

Thomas Moran was born 180 years ago today in Bolton, Lancashire in England. At 7 years of age, he and his Mother and siblings immigrated to America to join his father in Philadelphia.

Stating when he was 16, and throughout his life, Moran established himself as a well respected painter, engraver and illustrator. He produced artwork for several publications, but it was when he was doing work for Scribner's Magazine that he heard of the Hayden Expedition in 1871 and he joined it at his own expense.

The expedition set out to survey the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers, which was soon to become the first national park, Yellowstone. Thomas Moran was joined by a team of artists and they sketched, drew and painted many of Yellowstone's geological features and landscapes. In fact, their artwork was used to convince the United States Congress to establish Yellowstone as a national park.

Because of his many years sketching and working in this area, he became known as Thomas "Yellowstone" Moran. He and his artwork and William Henry Jackson's photographs, captured the nation's attention and forever linked him with the area.

Here is a link if you'd like to learn more. His diary from the Hayden Expedition has been photocopied so you can read it right on the website. Pretty cool! =]:)

Photo and artwork from

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Old Faithful and Mr. Bison

Bison like to hang out near thermal features to take advantage of the warmth they give off, although they can take very cold temperatures without a problem. This guy looks a little lonely. He's probably on his way back to the herd. =]:)

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A Wintry Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

That snow and ice dam at the base of lower falls is always changing through the winter. It can reach over 100 feet tall at times. Sled riding anyone?? =]:)

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The Morning Glory Pool

Morning Glory is located in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone. I like this one because of the deep blue/green color and the yellow/orange frame around it.

It was named by Mrs E. N. McGowan, wife of Assistant Park Superintendent, Charles McGowan in 1883. She called it "Convolutus", the Latin name for the morning glory flower. By 1889, the name Morning Glory Pool became common usage in the park. Some guidebooks at that time called it Morning Glory Spring.

The beautiful colors of the pool are from bacteria that live in the very hot water. One sad detail from the past; tourists used to throw things into the pool, such as handkerchiefs to watch them slowly twirl and sink. This ended up clogging entryways and reducing the hot water. The pool was even more vibrant years ago, but the vandalism faded it somewhat. Thankfully, these features are protected and closely monitored today so this type of thing no longer happens.

On a few rare occasions after an earthquake, the pool has erupted like a geyser. I've never seen this occur and I don't know anyone personally who has.

I like to stare into the pool when I visit. If you have done it, or ever do, the feeling you get is difficult to describe. It's calming, and it causes me to daydream. I've lost track of time staring into it. These thermal pools are mesmerizing. And everything seems more peaceful around the pool. People seem to quiet down, and the only sounds you might hear are a gentle breeze, and maybe an eagle's call high above you. =]:)

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Cougars walking in snow

For the past two years, Yellowstone's Cougar Project has allowed the NPS staff to monitor the dynamics and ecological influence of these mysterious big cats. They have such grace and power. They are one of the more rare wildlife sightings in Yellowstone, so enjoy this short hidden camera video that captures them up close. =]:)

If you're interested, I've posted more about Cougars here:

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Wyoming Eagle Rescue Volunteers

With only three raptor rehab centers, the state relies on a network of dedicated volunteers to shuttle injured eagles, hawks, and owls for treatment.

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Video of Black Wolf Crossing the Road in Lamar Valley

I've embedded a video of a black colored grey wolf crossing the road in Lamar Valley at my website. He looks rather curious of the vehicle, but soon decides it isn't worth his time.

I've embedded the video on my website because there is no Youtube version. Enjoy! =]:)

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Red Fox Takes a Detour

So, this red fox, who was out hunting took a little detour while tracking a snowshoe hare... right over the Roosevelt Arch!

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