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Wintering in Yellowstone

Renee Lund

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It's the most stunning time of the year to visit one of our amazing National Parks. Winter in Yellowstone is truly a winter wonderland but with unexpected weather events that can sneak up on you in a blink of an eye. You witness how the wildlife survive that call this park home. There's a hush in the cold crisp air with all ears listening for their next meal. It's much easier to see wildlife except for bears than in any other season due to the contrast of their color to the snow. Only the upper portion of the park is open all year round. The road from Mammoth Hot Springs to Cooke City remains open for those that live in Cooke City as it's the only road in and out of that area with others closed by snow. We tend to make our trips the first week of Feb and have never been disappointed with each year being very different. Here are 10 sample shots from my collection to show you some of the beauty that lives in winter at Yellowstone NP. Enjoy.

In winter all turns to Silver and Gold in Mammoth.
Silver and Gold.jpg

Even the magpie's love to soak in the hot springs.
palette spring lower terrace.jpg

The chapel of 1913 in Yellowstone National Park (Fort Yellowstone) was the last existing building completed during the army era. Built of native stone with a slate roof and oak furnishings, it is still used today and is the best preserved building at the fort inside and out.
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One of the amazing storybook boardwalks in the upper terrace of Mammoth.
Upper Terrace in Winter.jpg

The winter coats the American Bison have come in handy to survive extreme storms.
American Bison Yellowstone NP.jpg

Prong Horn Antelope with their stunning camouflage.
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Epic find around every corner. Watching these 4 Bighorn Sheep Ram scale the rock walls in blizzard conditions.
bighorn rams of yellowstone.jpg

The coyote is always listening for his next meal that is just under the snow. As you can see by his blood stained neck he's had one meal already today.
yellowstone np coyote.jpg

The opportunist that finds survival off other's leftovers.
yellowstone coyote.jpg

The Historic North Entrance Arch.
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wow, these are stunning.
 

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Very good set
 

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Brilliant set Renee, what a wonderful selection of wildlife and stunning landscapes. Definitely on my bucket list although maybe not in winter. :)
 

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Lovely set of photos there. The animals are well adapted..:)
 

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Fantastic set, Renee.
 

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That bison shot is one of the best wildlife shots ever taken. Love it
 

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wow, these are stunning.
Thanks so much! It's really a different world in winter. It's very different shooting in some of those types of subzero temps of -25F.

Very good set
Thanks! It was a challenge to stand upright at times. It's very different shooting in some of those types of subzero temps of -25F.

Brilliant set Renee, what a wonderful selection of wildlife and stunning landscapes. Definitely on my bucket list although maybe not in winter. :)
Thanks! It will be an amazing experience. Spring is really a fantastic time with all the new animal life that folks come to see. The grizzly and black bear cubs. It's very different shooting in some of those types of subzero temps of -25F.

Lovely set of photos there. The animals are well adapted..:)
Thanks! Yes they learn to be the moment they hit the ground. It's very different shooting in some of those types of subzero temps of -25F.

Fantastic set, Renee.
Thanks! It's very different shooting in some of those types of subzero temps of -25F.

That bison shot is one of the best wildlife shots ever taken. Love it
Thanks so much! It was crazy they would lay in the same spot for hours and cover with show. It's very different shooting in some of those types of subzero temps of -25F.
 

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Beautiful shots!
 

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Very nice set.
 
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