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Sunday, December 08, 2013

Yellowstone: Finishing the Upper Loop

After leaving the town of Mammoth on September 21st, we continued on over the top of the upper loop, toward Tower Junction.
 
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This area is much more arid than the heavily forested southern regions of the national park.

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A lone buffalo strolls down the center line of this high mountain road, making it difficult for traffic from either direction to get around him.

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After several minutes, though, there was an opportunity for passing.

After getting around the buffalo and through construction delays around Tower Junction, we continued on to the Canyon area, this time to enjoy the views of Lower Yellowstone Falls and the canyon from the South Rim.

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Lower Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point

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Lower Falls
 
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A view up the canyon in the other direction, from Artist Point

From the Canyon area, we then headed back toward the West Entrance Road, where we hoped to enjoy some elk viewing on our way back to our lodging in West Yellowstone.

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On the way, we passed this Chocolate Pot hot spring along the Gibbon River.

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These "ducks in a row" were at one of the elk viewing areas along West Entrance Road.

We did see lots of elk later that evening, but that will have to wait for a future post. Stay tuned!

19 comments:

  1. Cute are the buffalo photos, Linda!

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  2. incredibly beautiful views and photos, dear linda!
    i really like the last photo, great reflections!

    happy sunday!

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  3. Nice series of photos. I took a photo of that same bubbling rock when we were there in June. Can't wait to see your Elk photos!

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  4. the canyons are awesome. the ducks made me smile. the bison would certainly make me yield to wherever he wanted to go...

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  5. buffaloes running are too funny. those little bits of hair on their legs. giggles. amazing falls. happy weekend. ( :

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  6. A major a difference from Artists View going both directions. I like how one critter can stop the world

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  7. Oh, I love the strollin' buffalo, afterall, they were here first, lol. Love the photos of Lower Falls. All of the pics are really good. Thanks for sharing! Have a great week.

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  8. Thanks for more beautiful Yellowstone pictures. I really like your photos of the Lower Falls. I think the buffalo had been deputized to make sure the speed limit was obeyed.

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  9. I can see why that one area is called Artist Point. Wow! Just love the view from there. It seems like an artist took his brush and painted that waterfall. Can't wait to see the elk. Hope you have a blessed Sunday!

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  10. I recall that when we visited Yellowstone and stood on Artist's Point I was so mesmerized by the beauty that Mrs. C. had to pull be away or we'd still be standing there. Great pictures.

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  11. Wow! I have never seen a buffalo on our roads here in Quebec, but there was a moose once and unfortunately the police shot it (sad, because it posed no threat to others). Your photos are wonderful, Linda, and it goes to show, as far as the buffalo on the road, patience is the key. So sweet that row of ducks! :)

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  12. That shot of the Lower Falls must have been a real experience in person. I can only imagine the sounds of the water falling into the crevasses. I have been enjoying your Yellowstone shots a lot!

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  13. Seeing that Buffalo just owning the road is funny. Beautiful scenes.

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  14. Well I can't say that I've ever known anyone held up in traffic by a buffalo before. That's a cool first. Such gorgeous scenery. There's no question as to why that call that Artist's Point. And gotta love the Chocolate Pot. And you always find the best falls.

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  15. I appreciate you showing the photo's...I probably will never make it to the places you visit and this is almost a good as being there myself....love the buffalo. :)

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  16. This is just truly amazing . I would never tire of waiting for a Bison to cross the road !

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  17. I like the hot spring, and the view of the canyon is magnificent, especially because the clouds create a patterned look for the sun that is shining through.

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  18. Awesome captures of the beauty that surrounded you Linda. My smile is a mile wide :)

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  19. ducks in a row, how sweet! :) ♥

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