Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Sights Seen By the Family That Went to Yellowstone

This was my favorite daddy taking pictures. All the really cool pictures you see from this trip...they're his. He's really got a good eye for a great picture. Plus, he's amazing and wonderful. I love my daddy!

Oh, ya can't rollerskate in a buffalo herd,
ya can't rollerskate in a buffalo herd,
ya can't rollerstake in a buffalo herd,
but you can be happy, if you've a mind to.
All ya gotta do is put yer mind to it.
Knuckle down, buckle down, do it, do it, do it...

Spring calves! We came to Yellowstone at just the right time. Isn't she a cutie?

This big guy...not quite so cute. But definitely fascinating. This is what we affectionately like to call a molting bison. Look at those horns! Posted everywhere around the park are these funny drawings of people with cameras being gored by angry bison. But don't worry...I'm *sure* my dad took this shot with his super duper zoom lens.

Yes, we're supposed to stay 30 feet from the buffalo, but someone forgot to tell the buffalo!!

This is a bald eagles' nest. One eagle is nesting, the other just delivered a shipment of food and has been cleared for takeoff. That's a six-foot wingspan. Pretty cool shot, eh? Told you my dad was good.

These charming little varmints bullied us all around our campsite. The fine for feeding these fine fellers is $100. Yowzers! Judging, however, from the friendliness of this little guy, we're guessing the people who camped there before us owe Yellowstone some Benjamins.

See? Not even afraid of the fire. (Takes after my mom.)

Notice the tiny black dot to the right of this bug. That's an ant. The big bug is dead, and this body builder ant is dragging it home for dinner. Puts a whole new meaning to the proverb: "Consider the ant, O sluggard!"

Here's some steam.

Here's some more steam. Don't touch it. It's hot.

Here's some boiling mud. I liked watching the mud pots.

This is Mammoth Hot Springs.

This mama elk tripped merrily across the road in front of our van as we drove along. We paused to let her cross, then snap, snap, snap went the camera. This wasn't with a zoom lens. The elk was actually this close to me.

Here is a petrified tree, surrounded by a petrified fence, against which lean two petrified boys. (Not really.)

We're seated on the edge of the road, dangling our feet down a steep incline. Why? Bears and moose, of course! This is a pretty common sight at Yellowstone (the silly tourists on the side of the road, I mean).

But it's for a good cause! Look what dangerous road practices can get you! Views of big guys like this!

And THIS! (my favorite shot)

God's faithfulness on display: the eruption of Old Faithful against the backdrop of God's nightly sunset reminds me of His promise to you: "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." Genesis 8:22 NIV

Okay, my *next* post is the one I'm super duper excited about. It's coming! It's coming!