Lest anyone think otherwise, this bad boy owns the road when he gets on it. And – you guessed it – this is from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, where the bison frequently take to the road and get really irritated by stupid touron drivers really quickly. I think Yellowstone is one of my favorite places in the entire US – certainly in my Top 10 list and probably in my Top 5 list. To me, a visit there always gives me a fresh shot in the arm of all things related to the American West – wood bison, gray wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, bald eagles, badgers, elk, deer, geysers, mountains, fumaroles, glass mountains (obsidian), stupendous waterfalls, amazing canyons, on and on.
We always go when it’s best to avoid crowds, so we generally aren’t impacted by buffalo-jams and the like. Sometimes we even have the place pretty much to ourselves, which is just a matter of knowing where to go and when to do so.
Photo info: American wood bison (Bison bison athabascae) Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming May 2021 Apple iPhone 12 Pro
Bison are one of my all-time favorite creatures – always have been, always will be. To think that they once numbered in the millions and were almost hunted into extinction is baffling to me. And now they are numerous enough to be seen in places outside of national parks and zoos again, which gives me hope for their future survival.
Photo info: Bison Yellowstone National Park Fossil Forest, Wyoming May 2013 Sony 55-210/4.5-6.3 zoom lens Sony NEX-5R digital camera
In the fall of 2017, we finally reached a road trip destination that we had long desired to visit – the Wind River Range in western Wyoming. Unlike many of the other rugged destinations within the Rocky Mountains, the Wind River Range is virtually untouched by paved roads and high-end real estate development, resulting in a region filled with glorious scenery, critters, and pure nature. We only spent a few days here, but definitely plan on coming back for an extended visit.
Photo info: Abandoned cabins at Green River Lakes Green River Lakes Recreation Area Cora, Wyoming October 2017 Kodak Plus-X film (expired 03/89) Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM lens Leica M3 35mm film camera