Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

I really wish I had taken better notes on my trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. We zipped around to so many places I lost track of where we were, so trying to identify my photos is proving to be very difficult! Next time I take a trip I am documenting it at least hourly.

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

However, I am pretty sure all the photos on this post were taken in the vicinity of the Lamar Valley. Yes, those are American bison you see above. Some of my companions had a discussion regarding the difference between bison and buffalo. They are indeed different. Bison are found in North America. The two main buffalo species are located in Africa and Asia.

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

As usual on my trips I really didn’t know what to expect. All I knew about Yellowstone was Old Faithful and I also knew the Grand Tetons were big. End of story!

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

I was totally unprepared for the stunning beauty of Big Sky Country.

Big Sky Country

We traveled through both Montana and Wyoming.

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

As a city girl I am not used to such wide open spaces. But I totally embraced the idea of such freedom.

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

Miles and miles of pine trees interspersed with the brilliant yellows of the aspens.

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

And those skies… endless blue with fantastical cloud formations we don’t see in LA.

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

I love fences and we saw all kinds on this trip. My friend J who was my roommate said she has a habit of singing songs that come to mind when she is traveling around. My contribution was “Don’t Fence Me In!”

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

We also saw a million “water features,” a term I was reminded is used at the Disney theme parks! In this case it was rivers, lakes and ponds.

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

I took about 1,700 photos during the six-day trip in the motor coach (not counting the first and last days which were primarily transportation days to and from the airport).

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

I had to break the photos up into nineteen folders in the Lightroom catalog. This is merely one of those folders. I don’t know if I will ever be able to upload everything to my blog. So this is just a taste.

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

The color palette was mostly greens, browns, purples and blues with accents of the yellow aspens.

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

I was so taken with the grand vistas I had to force myself to scale down from time to time to see things like this moss on the rocks.

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

We had great weather most of the time… both J and I have great weather karma so the weather forecasts of doom and gloom didn’t have a chance.

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

Oh, those clouds… if you painted a picture they would look unreal.

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

We had quite a few stops for photo opportunities. My finger couldn’t stop clicking away.

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As much as I would like to think some day I will return to this glorious region I know that will never happen. Too many other places in the US I have not seen yet!

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8 thoughts on “Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

  1. Alok Singhal September 29, 2016 / 4:03 am

    Seems you and J had a great trip. Fantastic photos they are of gorgeous landscapes.
    I am guilty of not documenting too, but my wife has great memory!

    I do want to visit Yellowstone, but not sure if I can do it anytime soon. I should be content with Yosemite (visited in April) for now 😊

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    • RMW September 29, 2016 / 9:06 am

      Hard to be content when there’s so much to see. However, Yosemite is certainly one of my favorite places.

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  2. Jill Weatherholt September 29, 2016 / 5:57 am

    What great photographs! I don’t think I’ve ever seen the sky that blue, Roslyn…amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us.

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    • RMW September 29, 2016 / 9:04 am

      Thanks Jill. The contrast of colors…. yellows and greens of the trees, blues of the skies, was amazing.

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  3. mistermuse September 30, 2016 / 8:50 am

    Very evocative of my trips out west from Ohio many years ago. Thanks for the memories!

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    • RMW October 3, 2016 / 10:05 am

      Memories are what traveling is all about!

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  4. Dalo 2013 October 3, 2016 / 5:22 am

    This place is simply magical the way you’ve painted it with your camera ~ Of my time in this area, Teton stole my heart, but then it was through these valleys with the fences that you point out that made this whole place so perfect. I love the shots you’ve put together in this series…brilliant, makes me wish I was back in the States again 🙂

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    • RMW October 3, 2016 / 10:06 am

      Thanks for your kind words, Dalo. I hope to post some more soon! And hope you make it back some day!

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