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Leaving Yellowstone

September 4th, 2012 · 5 Comments

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After four nights in a cabin near Yellowstone National Park’s Roosevelt Lodge, my friend Mark and I had to return to civilization. Mark had to be at the Jackson Hole Airport by noon on August 21, and since we were three hours from the airport, we set out at about 5:30 a.m.

We knew that we would want to make several stops en route to the airport, and we did. In fact, we arrived with only minutes to spare.

The 125-mile route took us via Yellowstone’s Grand Loop Road past some of the park’s most glorious scenery along the Yellowstone River and Yellowstone Lake as well as Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

At sunrise we happened to be near a wide spot of the Yellowstone River in the Hayden Valley. Fog covered the river, but then the sun broke through.

A Foggy Morning on the Yellowstone River (Canon 7D with 10-24mm lens at 14mm, f/16, 1/30, ISO 200)

A Foggy Morning on the Yellowstone River (Canon 7D with 10-24mm lens at 14mm, f/16, 1/30, ISO 200)

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Fog Completely Covers the Yellowstone River (Canon 7D with 10-24mm lens at 16mm, f/16, 1/180, ISO 200)

Fog Completely Covers the Yellowstone River (Canon 7D with 10-24mm lens at 16mm, f/16, 1/180, ISO 200)

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Then, we backtracked to see the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone. We wanted to get there in full sun and did.

One of the most photographed vistas in the park, the Lower Falls are 308 feet high. Just downstream from the falls the Yellowstone River enters the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which is up to 1,000 feet deep.

The Lower Falls of the Yellowstone (Canon 7D with 50mm lens, f/8, 1/350, ISO 100)

The Lower Falls of the Yellowstone (Canon 7D with 50mm lens, f/8, 1/350, ISO 100)

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The Falls Closer (Canon 7D with 50mm lens, f/8, 1/350, ISO 100)

The Falls Closer (Canon 7D with 50mm lens, f/8, 1/350, ISO 100)

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Besides stopping for beautiful vistas like these, we had to stop for traffic jams too. This was one of the worst:

Road Block along the Yellowstone River! (Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at 100mm, f/8, 1/350, ISO 800)

Road Block along the Yellowstone River! (Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at 100mm, f/8, 1/350, ISO 800)

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Mostly, however, the bison ate — and sparred with each other.

Two Young Bison Test their Horns (Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at 400m, f/8, 1/750, ISO 800)

Two Young Bison Test their Horns (Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at 400m, f/8, 1/750, ISO 800)

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Eventually, the time came to say goodbye to my friend Mark

Mark Is Ready to Fly Out of the Jackson Hole Airport (Canon 7D with 50mm lens, f/16, 1/125, ISO 200)

Mark Is Ready to Fly Out of the Jackson Hole Airport (Canon 7D with 50mm lens, f/16, 1/125, ISO 200)

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Mark had to go back to work the next day. But I still had three more places that I wanted to experience on this trip.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jean richards // Sep 27, 2012 at 5:51 am

    thank you for the wonderful scenery and especially the traffic jam picture! we are so fortunate that you take the time to share with the non-travelers in our group. i like your adventures in the great outdoors.

  • 2 Nancy Connally // Sep 27, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Thank you David, for taking the time and effort to share all of your spectacular picutres and adventures with all of us!

  • 3 Nancy Connally // Sep 27, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Thank you David for taking the time and effort to share the spectacular photos and descriptions of your adventures with all of us!

  • 4 Fran Stearns // Sep 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Really fine image of the Lower Falls…thank you for sharing.

  • 5 Fran Stearns // Sep 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Those adolescent boys are tooooo much!

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