Saturday, August 30, 2014

Favorite Critters of Yellowstone

This Saturday, I thought I'd share some of my favorite critter photos taken during our trip to Yellowstone National Park.  If you've never been Yellowstone, you're missing out on some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife in the USA.  I hope to return there one day, and stay a bit longer.  

This big guy was lounging in the grassy shore along a small river.  When the elk stood up, several people backed away.  He didn't seem to be bothered at all by the crowds...he slowly crossed the river and went on about his business.

Young elk eating some crispy green leaves

This female had just waded across the river so she was drip drying 

Look at those cute little elk ears poking up :) 

A bison and young calf grazing together

This big bull was sniffing me out.  For a brief moment, I felt my arm hairs rise.

The largest bull elk I saw was in the Mammoth Springs area of Yellowstone park- he was massive!  He and his female herd were in town for the first few weeks of rutting season. When a few of the cows wandered away, this assertive bull stood up, took a few steps and bugled loudly.  The cows immediately returned to their herd.  It was quite a spectacle to watch. 

See the irony of these photos together?  My perception of it- "If you're crazy enough to approach this bull, then you'll likely see the inside of this clinic".   

I managed to capture photos of a couple coyotes in two separate areas of Yellowstone. One scampered along the river bank and the other walked unhurried through a large, open meadow. 

I hope you enjoyed my critter photos today...I certainly enjoyed shooting them ;)

For more great critter photos, visit Saturday's Critters with our wonderful hostess, Eileen
Have a great Saturday and wonderful Labor Day weekend Peeps!!!


  1. All I can say is....Wow, wow, WOW!!!!

  2. A place I would love to visit, unfortunately it is rather a long way to travel. You have some telling photos there Susan, especially the bull Bison which certainly looks like it could inflict some damage on unwary watchers, especially since there are youngsters nearby.

    A great shot of the enormous Elk and the warning signs too even though the animal looks harmless enough the scene could be deceiving and i wouldn't chance walking by those antlers.

  3. Susan, I loved Yellowstone. I've been twice and would go back again.. Your Yellowstone critters are awesome.. I love the Mammoth Elk.. Great critter post..Thank you for sharing your post with my Saturday's Critters... Have a happy weekend!

  4. Such beautiful creatures ! And your shots are wonderful !
    Greetings :)

  5. I haven't been to Yellowstone in years but woukld LOVE to go back. Luckily for you, you took photos. When I was there I wasn't yet into photography so all I have is memories. These photos are great!

  6. Great photos, one can never be too careful around those elk. Loved your interpretation of the sign, I am inclined to agree.

  7. those elk shots... wow! loved the signage, too!

  8. Wow! Superb images. Those Elk look huge and the Coyotes look more like wolves and pretty scary.

  9. I've always wanted to get out to Yellowstone, but never made it. Yes, I've seen a few elk in my day. That bull is ginormous.

  10. Your photos are stunning and beautiful! Well done!


  11. I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Yellowstone! I actually was there when I was 4, but I don't remember a thing! Our CO trip this summer was kind've a "lets do this's closer to home...and we have friends we can visit" but I was DYING for our grandson to see an elk. Plus we have fond memories of CO, and knew it would be a great trip. And it WAS...don't get me wrong, and (spoiler alert) we did see elk, but not as up close as these amazing photos! Maybe we can go some time in the next couple of years. LOVE your photos! Got a kick out of the signs next to that massive male. Loved the bison and coyotes too!

  12. Wonderful photos of these magnificent animals. I'd love to visit Yellowstone. I've watched a lot of documentaries about Yellowstone over the years.

  13. Fabulous shots. Those big beasts are so majestic. Love seeing clever coyotes too.

  14. Oh, Yellowstone must be the dream land of nature and lives♪ Great photograph of great animals I would never enjoy to see. I smiled with the sign and the big horn of the elk.

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*