When animals stare you right down, particularly black bears, you really get an eerie feeling. Although Walt was bordering on close (YNP rules are 100 yds from bears and wolves), through his lens this looks way too close, and just a little too curious for comfort. This bear wasn't acting in a disturbing way, but he did want to cross the road and fortunately we were with a bunch of very good photographers and watchers and just as if the rangers were there, folks parted and let the bear have a wide berth to cross the road.
Which brings up another interesting point. Too many times, people just either don't pay attention or else don't obey the rules and they pay the price. Last year there were several attacks and deaths due strictly to folks not obeying the rules and guidelines set up meticulously by the rangers to make sure folks have a safe visit to a wild and untamed part of the world. Nature is not forgiving if you make a mistake. Nature will kill you. Your family can't sue nature to win a law suit for you acting and being dumb. You just die and that's it. Fortunately the bear incident was without any calamity because everyone acted appropriately.
All this for a picture of a grouse and another over bears. I realize it's fun to stop and take pictures of wildlife, and it's tempting, but Walt and I really do work hard to make sure we follow the rules. Usually when something like this comes up, we drive on to the closest turnout, and if it's too far away, will turn around, drive back, Walt will hop out and I will go park the car. Like the photo above, everyone was off the white line, obeying the animal guideline limits and working hard to stay safe and get great photos. And no one was hurt, and everyone had a great time with great stories to tell!
Yellowstone is such a fantastic place to visit. If it isn't the animals, it's the beautiful scenery and landscape. This spring the whole place is just green, green, green and gorgeous. It makes it even more fun when everyone keeps to the rules that are only there to make it a safe visit.