USA NORTHWEST 2014
~YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK~

Copyright Ruud Leeuw Photos © R.Leeuw

Taking my chances on the autumn weather I decided to do a roadtrip in the US Northwest in october. The route started and ended in Portland,OR with relatively obscure Greybull,WY at the far end.
Ada and I were going on a roadtrip, looking for the wide open spaces, endless roads, and a revisit form 1986 and 1994 to... Yellowstone National Park.
The weather cooperated beyond all expectations and I had overwhelming opportunity to use my camera. Enjoy!



 

 

 

Yellowstone NP
We started out in Portland,OR and drove via Seattle,WA - Coeur d'Alene,ID - Missoula,MT to Yellowstone Nat'l Park.
It was to be one of the definite highlights, as we had the weather cooperating beyond belief and saw plenty of wildlife.

Yellowstone NP
The scars of the huge wildfires are evident, but also how the fires allow nature to rejuvenate with new growth.
If you want to read a gripping book about wildfires, I suggest you get a copy of 'Jumping Fires' by Murry A.
Taylor: the life of a smoke jumper.
The fires here in the park in 1988 made headlines: en.wikipedia.org - Yellowstone_fires_of_1988

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Nice formation in the cold, clear sky I thought.

 

 

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The cold, clear days made the geysers very noticable; veritably a unique landscape here.

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Ada made this nice close up: boiling hot!

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This black crow was not impressed by me; it probably knew I could not approach it over the thin crust of earth here.

 

 

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An eerie landscape

I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams.
- Susan Sontag

Yellowstone NP

A study that was completed in 2011 found that at least 1.283 geysers have erupted in Yellowstone. Of these,
an average of 465 are active in a given year. Yellowstone contains at least 10.000 geothermal features
altogether. Half the geothermal features and two-thirds of the world's geysers are concentrated in Yellowstone.

 

 

 

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The morning frost had not yet disappeared from the grass, although we are far from early risers!

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This bison allows itself some quality time, resting in the sun.

Yellowstone is widely considered to be the finest megafauna wildlife habitat in the USA (in 'the lower 48').
There are almost 60 species of mammals in the park, including the gray wolf, the threatened lynx, and grizzly bears.
Other large mammals include the bison, black bear, elk, moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, mountain goat, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and mountain lion.

These days the park has some 4500 bisons; about a century ago their numbers had dwindled to less than a hundred.
During the 1970s the number of grizzly bears had reached a critical low; in 1975 they were labelled an endangered species and a good recovery has been made, no longer are they on the critical list.
These days the wolf and the beaver are doing well again too. The park really serves a purpose in preserving the species!

 

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The park draws an international crowd of visitors. The numbers are staggering: I later learned that the 2015 numbers
went over 4 million visitors to this park! Grand Teton Nat'l Park counted 3 million. Such a popularity creates its own problems.
Since we visited so late in the season (which also has its drawbacks), we did not encounter so many people, fortunately.

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When compiling these pages I was reading a biography of famous explorer and mountain man, Daniel Boone (written
by Robert Morgan) and while I knew of his pathfinding exploits in Pennsylvania & Kentucky, I was surprised to learn
that Boone actually made it this far, in 1810! While he was hunter & trapper, he was also a visitor. We are in his footsteps!

 

 

 

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No visit to Yellowstone Nat'l Park is complete without a visit to Old Faithful !

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The human history of the park begins at least 11.000 years ago, when aboriginal Americans first began to hunt
and fish in the region. People's interest here changed, nature probably changed very little. (Photo by Ada)

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Old Faithful Geyser erupts approximately every 91 minutes.

 

 

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A new development!
They say these drones will have an impact in all our lives as much as the mobile phones did.

 

 

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The immediate area to the geyser activity can be either (or both) grey or very colourful.

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It is a world filled with gurgling water noises and a smell of sulphur.

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Better not step too close!

UA 2014 - a roadtrip
Endless fascination.

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Yellowstone NP

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What painter could come up with this?! (Photo by Ada)

 

 

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A world of fire and water

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Yellowstone National Park - 2014
One travels here from woods to mountainous to desolate, desert-like scenery.

 

 

Bison in Yellowstone NP
This Bison got so close to the road, that even with her compact camera Ada was able to get this wonderful shot.

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Yellowstone National Park - 2014
Addressing an itch, I suppose; and it has been here before.

 

 

 

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We drove to Mammoth Hot Springs, north in the park. Distances are considerable here.

Map
We had to take road works in account. Beyond Old Faithful, the road south was blocked and
those roadworks delayed us on our drive north (and while returning, heading south, to West Yellowstone).

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Unique except for similar activity in Turkey, but I have yet to go there.

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The first time I visited Yellowstone NP was in 1986 and it was as impressive as I remembered it!

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Beauty kills here..

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Yellowstone National Park - 2014

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You don't want that in the back of your garden.. Below image explains it all.

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Yellowstone National Park - 2014

 

 

 

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This bull elk crossed the stream when we drove past; it took two minutes to park the car and while the elk appeared
without haste it was gone in under four minutes. Ada got the shot, while I struggled with camera, lenses, lenscovers, etc.

 

 

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A coyote goes almost undetected in the high grass. I was really pleased with my new Tamron 150-600 telezoom lens.

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A visitor at the Emerald Spring studies the sign depicted below.

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Yellowstone National Park - 2014
Steamboat Geyser, it burbled quite violently but never to the height shown on the sign below.
We waited only a few minutes of course. The noise of the boiling water is quite impressive, a noise from inner earth.

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That is not a flashlight you see on my camera, but a gps thingie; unfortunatley I often forgot to attach the gadget.

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Heading for the exit and Cody, we had time to explore the area around Canyon Village.
This was en route, driving east, towards Canyon Village. All services for gas and groceries
were closed, though the Village did have a store with souvenirs and had some wrapped sandwiches for sale.

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The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Grand it is, with a 'golden' shine to it.
That colour there explains the name, 'yellow stone'. Although trappers and prospectors who visited
the Yellowstone region had knowledge of the canyon, the first significant descriptions were publicized
after the Cook–Folsom–Peterson Expedition of 1869 and the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition of 1870.

Yellowstone National Park - 2014

Yellowstone National Park - 2014
We visited several of these viewpoints, but time did not permit us to hike any great distances.
You may like to check this link: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Online Tour

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Besides in 1986, we also visited Yellowstone NP in 1994. I went down that trail then, but
I did not have the heart to do that again for the climb up again!

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Yellowstone National Park - 2014

Yellowstone National Park - 2014
We came across Antoine, a lone cyclist on a great tour and adventure. He left Montreal months ago, was heading south
and intended to cross into Mexico and continue into Latin America as much as he could, health & equipment permitting.
I have much admiration for this man, if you see him wish him well.

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Today the canyon is still being eroded by the Yellowstone River, as much
as it did many centuries aga.

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Oh, let's have one more... Ada 'saw' this shot and pointed
it out to me as the battery of her camera had gone flat.

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The colors in the canyon are also a result of hydrothermal alteration. The rhyolite in the canyon contains a variety of different iron compounds.
When the old geyser basin was active, the 'cooking' of the rock caused chemical alterations in these iron compounds. Exposure to the elements caused the rocks to change colors. The rocks are oxidizing; in effect, the canyon is rusting.
The colors indicate the presence or absence of water in the individual iron compounds. Most of the yellows in the canyon are the result of iron present in the rock rather than, as many people think, sulfur.
Source: Wikipedia

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The colours are quite astounding!

 

 

 

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Driving towards the exit of the park, we came across this large bison herd.

Yellowstone Nat'l Park

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Yellowstone Nat'l  Park
Glad I had the car between us, I can tell you..

We left Yellowstone Nat'l Park impressed with what we'd seen and with hopes to return one day again.
We started the day with temperatures around 3 C, ice on puddles, and ended the day, in Cody, with 22 C.
Only weeks later the weather turned here and snow fell ! For all that, any day in October can bring snow.
We've been fortunate.


 

USA NORTHWEST 2014
THE START: OREGON & WASHINGTON
PORTLAND, OR
WHALEWATCHING FROM ANACORTES
PAGE TWO: IDAHO & MONTANA
NATIONAL BISON RANGE
PAGE THREE: WYOMING
YELLOWSTONE NAT'L PARK
JACKSON,WY
PAGE FOUR: IDAHO
CRATERS OF THE MOON
THE END: OREGON

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