Monthly Archives: February 2009

Morning Frost in the Lamar Valley

Frost gathers on all types of plants in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA -February, 2009 (Mike Cavaroc)
Frost clings to a cottonwood tree in the dead of winter in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park.

Upon driving into the Lamar Valley on our second day in Yellowstone National Park this past weekend, the low had dropped down to -12 degrees.  This allowed for some really great frost photos as all the fog froze and stuck to the trees.  This was also the coldest part of our trip.  Overall the temperatures weren’t really that bad and were above 0 degrees for most of the trip.
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Categorized: Landscape
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Dusk Panorama from Mammoth Hot Springs

Dusk settles over the mountains beyond Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc, 2009)
Dusk paints the sky above Mammoth Hot Springs in pastel colors during a Yellowstone National Park winter.

On the second night out this past weekend we spent dusk at Mammoth Hot Springs waiting for the light of day to fade to take advantage of moonlight over the steamy landscape.  I shot this panorama at the Upper Terrace as the colors in the distance were beginning to fade.
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Row of Resting Bison in Snow

Bison graze for food late in the day near the Tower Junction in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA -February, 2009 (Mike Cavaroc)
Bison rest lined up in the snow near the Tower Junction in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

This past weekend I discovered just how hard photographing bison in snow when the sun in shining really can be.  It’s a delicate balance of not underexposing to compensate for the bright snow, while also making sure not to overexpose to bring out the detail in their dark fur.  Many came out ok though, such as this one of a row of sleeping bison.
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Categorized: Wildlife
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Coyote in the Road

A coyote walks along Gros Ventre Road in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc, 2009)
A coyote walks along a wintery Gros Ventre Road near Kelly, Wyoming in Grand Teton National Park.

On my way back from a walk in the Elk Refuge, I headed out toward Kelly since the sun was getting ready to set and figured it might be a good time to try and catch some wildlife. As I was driving along the Gros Ventre River, this coyote hopped up from behind the bluff right in front of me. I got out of my car to get some good shots and he actually came walking right up to me. He probably would have let me pet him if I hadn’t stood up and scared him away.
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Sled Dogs Ready to Race

 (Mike Cavaroc)
A sled dog anxiously awaits the chance to begin the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Jackson, Wyoming.

This past Friday was the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (or IPSSSDR).  If I understood correctly, it was the first year it went international.  In addition to the international notoriety, it also had one four-time champion of the Iditorod, as well as another Iditorod champion helping out another team.
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