Spring seems like such a dumb time to come - it's cold, snowing (not every year, but a lot), and it just doesn't seem very hospitable. But from another point of view, it's before the park is inundated with masses of people - truly the roads are jam packed with cars during the summer months and then there's the babies. Good grief - the babies...calves, kids, lambs, cubs, kits, pups and chicks - you name it they are all out. Today was a perfect example. It started out slow and cold and cloudy and ended fast and furious and sunny!
The day started out slow. The bison are out and they are roaming like crazy. The cows haven't started dropping calves, but will in a week or so. In the meantime, these majestic creatures are gorgeous in the snow - when it's not snowing (the camera likes to focus on the snow and not the creature)!
This may help....she's sitting very low on the nest and it's a good thing. All that snow can't be too warm and cozy for the chicks.
So we're pretty pleased with ourselves when we come upon some rangers and a crowd of people gawking at something and over on a rise close to the road were the most regal looking rams ever. I had never seen rams together like this, but in the spring the ewes are in one area and the rams another as the ewes are getting ready to deliver.
And this is what so often happens in Yellowstone, while we were taking some shots here, in the other direction was a darling fox scampering across a meadow just behind us. Of course, after we apologized to the Rams for our interruption, the crowd quickly did an 180 and scurried after the fox.
So we're pretty excited about the day. It's about 3:30 and usually we head back to the RV at this point - but not today.
As we're coming up over the hill, there's a huge traffic jam and that means one thing....BEAR JAM!
This is what makes Yellowstone so much fun during the Spring. There's something going on all the time. This year we've also noticed that's it a little more crowded than past years, but it's still a blast.
Tomorrow looks to be a little warmer and now that we have some "hot spots" we'll hopefully get to see a lot more goodies!