Thursday, October 23, 2008

Skywatch Friday

After working in the Black Hills of South Dakota and throughout North Dakota for the summer I had the chance to go to Yellowstone National Park with my younger brother, Dan, and my Dad. We stayed just outside of Grand Teton National Park so we had a little bit of a drive to get into Yellowstone; luckily Grand Teton National Park is an awesome area too. If you have never been to the area you probably don’t understand the size of each of the parks. Yellowstone is larger than the Grand Tetons and to drive from the southern end of Yellowstone to the northern end it takes more than an hour. Before going to these parks it is a good idea to think about this so you can stay somewhere that is close to the area you are going to spend most of your time. For example if you wanted to see many mammals you would want to stay close to the Hayden Valley. When I was there I noticed that the best place by far for moose was not in Yellowstone National Park but actually in the southern part of Grand Teton National Park. Birding in both of these parks is also very good but not usually the reason to make a visit here. I was able to find my first Barrow’s Goldeneye, Green-tailed Towhee, and Williamson’s Sapsucker among many others.

The hot springs in Yellowstone National Park look like something from another world.


This Uinta Ground Squirrel was in Grand Teton National Park. It is one of the mammals that is a little less appreciated because of all of the big mammals in the park.



The sky with the clouds made for a beautiful setting while photographing the hot springs.

This picture is a small sections of one of the hot springs. The hot springs create many beautiful patterns.

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34 comments:

Picturing of Life said...

omg...all beautiful shots

I hope you stop by at my SWF post also in HERE or HERE. Thanks

vincibene said...

Gorgeous series!

Louise said...

Pretty pictures. I especially like the sky reflected in the water.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

The hot springs really do look like another world, don't they. Thanks for taking us with you on the tour!
Happy Sky Watch!

fishing guy said...

Rob: Beautiful place to get some neat photos. I enjoyed how you worked in the nature along with your post.

Sandradb said...

I really like the third picture with lovely white clouds - thank you for your visit

Roses and Lilacs said...

Beautiful scenery. I enjoyed seeing your photos.
Marnie

Photo Cache said...

Beautiful. One of the places on my wish list. I really should go. Thanks for sharing.

ellen b said...

I've never been to this part of the U.S but your photos make me want to visit! Beautiful...

Reader Wil said...

It's a beautiful country no doubt! The photos are great! I first thought you were Dutch, because your surname is. Thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend.

Coloradolady said...

The first shot is amazing. Loved it. You have real talant with a camera. Happy SWF.

Bradley Myers said...

Great shots, but then I love anything from Yellowstone. If you stayed in the Tetons and traveled to Yellowstone you did have a drive.

Michelle Johnson said...

Hello Eric, these photos are so inviting. Makes one want to pack up and go hiking. I can't believe how long it took you guys to travel across the park. But, at least you were able to stop and take it all in. Beautiful pictures. Happy Sky Watching. Have a nice day.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I love that first shot, it does look like a place from another planet.

Gill in Canada

Mary said...

Amazing! Those hot springs really do look like something from another world. Happy SWF. :)

Patricia said...

Thanks for sharing! all the photos are so nice and The Yellowstone national Park must be beautiful!
Cheers,

Woody said...

Great set of photos. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you stop by again...

Bobbie in Hawaii said...

Excellent collection. Thank you for sharing with us SkyWatchers.

Lilli & Nevada said...

So very beautiful

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Such a volatile place, with so much beauty. How lucky you were to have spent so much time there.

Your photos are really wonderful.

~Lisa

Yen said...

WOW! Breathtaking photos you have here! Love that first shot:) Mine is up HERE. Hope to see you there! Happy SWF!~

Rhoen said...

nice SWF series! beautiful!

Here's my SkyWatch entry!

D Herrod said...

Amazing. The Squirrel is cute.

PJ said...

Thanks for the mini-tour, lots of useful info along with the gorgeous photos.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

I hope to visit these parks one day and get some fabulous shots like yours

Robin said...

These are all beautiful shots. :)

Iltravelhereandthere said...

Amazing shots and beautiful hot spring!

Rambling Woods said...

A birder...me too..I haven't been to your blog before and I live in western NY state so I don't see these fabulous places...
Please have a very happy weekend—Michelle--
Rambling Woods

Arija said...

Thank you for giving us a peek at Yellowstone from your and not the common tourist perspective. Little things in nature, like a fleeting smile of a ppasser by, can be so much more enchanting than the grand vista or a heap of jewels. The little squirrel and the patterns on the sand are beautiful as is your perspective of the greater vision with the sky.

Faye Pekas said...

Gorgeous shots. The first one is totally awesome.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

the hot spring photos are surreal... just beautiful!

Fish Whisperer said...

I love yellowstone and your images are very good.
Cheers

Kahshe Cottager said...

Beautiful photos! My favourite is the third one with the clouds - I think because I am fond of photos with clouds in them. Have a wonderful weekend!

My SkyWatch is at Views From My Camera

Michele Wassell said...

Beautiful photos! Yellowstone NP and Grand Tetons NP is two of my favorite parks, especially Grand Tetons.