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.
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.
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!
I was totally unprepared for the stunning beauty of Big Sky Country.
We traveled through both Montana and Wyoming.
As a city girl I am not used to such wide open spaces. But I totally embraced the idea of such freedom.
Miles and miles of pine trees interspersed with the brilliant yellows of the aspens.
And those skies… endless blue with fantastical cloud formations we don’t see in LA.
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!”
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.
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).
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.
The color palette was mostly greens, browns, purples and blues with accents of the yellow aspens.
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.
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.
Oh, those clouds… if you painted a picture they would look unreal.
We had quite a few stops for photo opportunities. My finger couldn’t stop clicking away.
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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