We weren't exactly looking for furry beasts, although we saw plenty of signs that they had passed through.
Sometimes, however, it was impossible to ignore them. Yellowstone is justifiably famous for traffic
jams caused by large mammals on the road; in our case, repeatedly, it was buffalo.
A male elk browsing around the bathroom near the parking lot for the Lower Falls at the
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Buffalo were everywhere. Here a couple of them were relaxing as they watched the tourists
file by one of the bubbling mud pots.
Often the buffalo could be found calmly sauntering down the middle of the road. For drivers
the only solution was to stop and wait, and maybe get a few pictures.
Different day, different location, same basic story.
There were colonies of marmots near Yellowstone Lake and Jenny Lake.
A female sheep was discovered on a rocky hill close to the road near Mammoth. The bighorm males
proved to be a bit more elusive.
The female sheep was accompanied on the steep slopes by a juvenile.
On a near-vertical rocky wall more than 400 feet above the valley floor, looking to the unaided eye
like little more than a small patch of moving snow, was a mountain goat.
The same mountain goat in extreme close-up.
The most engaging and interesting wildlife of the whole trip:
Shannon, Bob, Anne, Beth, Brad, Sylvia, Danny, and Heather.
Final quiz: Who was taking this picture?
The pictures of this trip are divided into several sets: