Monday, February 28, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Before the Bull Elk fight for real they play fight with each other as they grow up. Here are two of them honing their fighting skills.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


One of the reasons I went to Yellowstone in the Fall was for the Elk mating season, which takes place then. The bulls are known to lock antlers in fierce competition, their bugles ringing through the air, as they battle for a harem of cows. Here is one calling out for the harem.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


I will now start showing some of the wonderful wildlife that I saw on this trip. Here is a Bison licking (his/her) nose.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Here is a colorful runoff of thermal water into the Firehole River.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


The Firehole river flows through the Upper Geyser Basin, which contains the world-famous geyser Old Faithful. The river was named by early trappers for the steam that makes it appear to be smoking as if on fire.

Friday, February 11, 2011


After a long day shooting it was time to fill my stomach with a nice meal. The Old Faithful Lodge has a great dining room where I had Chicken Oscar with crab, asparagus, béarnaise sauce, buttermilk-mashed potato, and seasonal vegetables. YUM!

Thursday, February 10, 2011


After Old Faithful ended her show this is how the Schneiders family (visiting from Germany) showed their appreciation.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


After waiting about 20 minutes past the time posted for the next eruption Old Faithful finally started its show.

Monday, February 7, 2011


On the afternoon of September 18, 1870, members of the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition traveled down the Firehole River from the Kepler Cascades and entered the Upper Geyser Basin. The first geyser they saw was Old Faithful. In his 1871 Scribner's account of the expedition, Nathaniel P. Landford wrote: Judge, then, what must have been our astonishment, as we entered the basin at mid-afternoon of our second day's travel, to see in the clear sunlight, at no great distance, an immense volume of clear, sparkling water projected into the air to the height of one hundred and twenty-five feet. "Geysers! geysers!" exclaimed one of our company, and, spurring our jaded horses, we soon gathered around this wonderful phenomenon. It was indeed a perfect geyser. The aperture through which the jet was projected was an irregular oval, three feet by seven in diameter. The margin of sinter was curiously piled up, and the exterior crust was filled with little hollows full of water, in which were small globules of sediment, some having gathered around bits of wood and other nuclei. This geyser is elevated thirty feet above the level of the surrounding plain, and the crater rises five or six feet above the mound. It spouted at regular intervals nine times during our stay, the columns of boiling water being thrown from ninety to one hundred and twenty-five feet at each discharge, which lasted from fifteen to twenty minutes. We gave it the name of "Old Faithful."
And here we were waiting for the next eruption which will be 65 minutes after an eruption lasting less than 2.5 minutes or 91 minutes after an eruption lasting more than 2.5 minutes.

Friday, February 4, 2011


Kepler Cascades is located about two miles south of Old Faithful Village. This three-tiered cascade drops over 50 feet as the Firehole River flows North. The Kepler Cascades were actually named in 1881 for the 12 year old son of Wyoming's territorial governor, Kepler Hoyt, who toured the park with his father, Governor John Hoyt.

The Kepler Cascades were first described by the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition in 1870. In his 1871 report to the Secretary of War, Gustavus C. Doane, a member of the expedition described Kepler Cascades as: September 18 [1870]. -- We broke camp at 9 o'clock, traveling along the slopes of the ridges, skirting the ravines through falling timber, and passing in many places over swampy terraces, for a distance of three miles, when we suddenly came upon a mountain torrent, 40 feet wide, and running through a gorge of trachyte lava 200 feet in depth. This was the Firehole River, heading in a lake a few miles to the south. Following down the course of this stream we presently passed two fine roaring cascades, where the water tumbled over rocks to the depth of 20 and 50 feet successively. These pretty little falls, if located on an eastern stream, would be celebrated in history and song; here, amid objects so grand as to strain conception and stagger belief, they were passed without a halt.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


As you drive north out of the Tetons and up to the Yellowstone Plateau you cross the Continental Divide three times. At the third crossing at 8,262 feet you pass this snow-fed hollow, Isa Lake. What is different about this lake is that it drains in two different directions -- from directly astride the Divide. Isa's west arm feeds the Firehole River on its way to the Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers and the Gulf of Mexico. The lake's east outlet leads to the Snake and Columbia Rivers and the Pacific Ocean via Yellowstone's Shoshone Lake and Lewis River. It is hard to believe that with little drama the nation's most extensive drainage systems begins here at this little lake.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Here is a closeup of the bark of an Aspen Tree. She has a twig stuck in her eye.