Life as a Yellowstone Forever volunteer at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch has been fascinating – intellectually stimulating, spiritually enriching, a kindred spirit gathering, if you will. There is a flip side, however, to this invigorating environment. It is fast-paced and can leave one a bit fatigued at the end of a long day, but we believe the rewards have far outweighed any weariness felt. As someone who longs to write about the wisdom gained this summer, sadly my schedule and being “off the grid” at the ranch has denied me the time. It seems I will be revisiting my Yellowstone adventures long after we leave on September 7th, which we allow me to reflect upon a summer lived on this landscape and how my spirit has flourished from this intimate exposure.
Until I have time to sit down and write a proper blog post on life here in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (and I have so much material with which to entice), I thought I would share some of the summer wildlife sightings we’ve seen in this magical wonderland.
50 thoughts on “Where the Wild Roam Free ~ Yellowstone National Park”
Wonderful collection of photographs. I’m sure you have some very special memories and I look forward to you sharing 😀
Thanks Ingrid! I look forward to catching up with you when we again live in the land of unlimited internet. 🙂
Thank you, LuAnn. Your photos are wonderful, but the bighorn photo is perfect! I love the angle and the look in its eye. Yellowstone Forever has been incredibly lucky to have you and Terry this summer. I look forward to your future Yellowstone-inspired posts.
Thanks Julianne! I think the bighorn is my favorite as well.
So love your wildlife photos. Thank you for taking the time to share them with us, your fans and fellow YNP enthusiasts.
I can hardly wait to read about it in depth LuAnn. I can see how spiritual an experience like this must be! I would love to do something similar some day.
You would love it Nicole!
Thank you for this wonderful tour of the wildlife. Looking forward to your future posts about Yellowstone.
I thoroughly enjoyed the wildlife pictures today
Some beautiful photos, LuAnn and Terry’s photos through his spotting scope are terrific, especially in their clarity. The summer has passed quickly and September is right around the corner. Are you going to travel for awhile after the 7th, before you return to your Desert Digs? Seems like you mentioned that to someone in one of your earlier comments. Hope we get to make contact with the two of you the next few months…..Until then….Stay safe Rog and Gayl
Thanks Roger. Yes, the summer is drawing to an end rather quickly. We are planning to meet up with friends in Glacier NP, provided the smoke from the fires north of there don’t keep us away. Remind me when you two will be returning to San Elijo.
Looks like the new camera (and the photographer) are doing a wonderful job! We’ve never seen a weasel, and have yet to see a marmot this summer in CO, although we have in years past. I’ve tried for weeks now to get a good photo of a mountain bluebird, but they just don’t sit still long enough. You did great!
Hope our paths cross this fall.
Thanks Jim and Gayle. We are really enjoying the new camera. Terry has banned me from visiting Bozeman Camera for the rest of the summer and has told Tanner, the guy who sold me the camera, that he is not allowed to speak to me anymore. 😉 Hope we meet up with you two in Zion.
Beautiful photos, LuAnn. You are Terry must be having a great time with nature in Yellowstone. What a life!
We’ve had an amazing summer. I have enough material to keep me busy for several months once I get some internet time again. I just finished supporting a sketching class. 🙂
No need for words when you have photos like these….fabulous.
WOW….that photo Terry took looks like it was taken by a very expensive lens. Great job, Terry!
Thanks Marsha. Looking forward to catching up with what the two of you are doing.
You always do a good post. Thanks frank
Thanks Frank! Hope you and Margee are having a great summer.
These photos are a great taste of what is to come. Looking forward to reading more.
Thanks for stopping by.
What a teaser! Looking forward to your in depth stories, but, oh, what a treat to see such beautiful variety of wildlife!
We’ve had a pretty amazing summer Lisa. Hope you and Hans are having the same. Look forward to catching up on your adventures soon.
Oh, that weasel is precious!!! All of the images are wonderful and give a good sample of how rewarding your time there must be…. but that weasel —- have you given it a nickname?
Isn’t he wonderful? I stalked him for several weeks before he finally posed for me. I haven’t given him a nickname but I should. Hope all is well with you Z!
The wildlife in Yellowstone is amazing. We have never been disappointed on any of our trips. Beautiful photos!!! Thanks for sharing:) Love that Terry was able to take photos through the scope. Enjoy your last couple weeks:)
Thanks Pam. Looking forward to catching up with your adventures this summer.
Can’t wait to work and volunteer in Yellowstone!!
It is sooo special!!
I love your photo of the marmot and the trumpeter swan pic is magnificent! You picked the perfect summer to go *off-grid* and find your kindred spirits as well as restore your souls. What an awesome experience to look back on, reflect upon and write about. I’m kind of thinking you might have some reverse culture shock when you venture forth into the *real* world again! Anita
We did pick the perfect summer to break away from technology. And we will definitely have culture shock when we return. We are getting bits and pieces of the chaos swirling around this administration, all very troublesome. 😦
What a wonderful way to spend your summer months, LuAnn. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos. 🙂
My pleasure Sylvia! When we have decent internet again I look forward to catching up. Hope you had a wonderful summer!
I understand the challenge of being disconnected—we’ve had the same experience on Lopez this summer (no connection at all unless we’re at the library!). It sounds as though you’ve had a beautiful, spirit-enriching summer. You’ve certainly seen (and photographed) an incredible variety of wildlife. That marmot is so cute! I can’t wait to hear the behind-the-scenes stories.
The lack of connectivity has been the only downside, although it also has been nice to be disconnected from all the chaos going on in DC. So good to talk to you last night. I look forward to catching up on your blog posts soon.
Great collections and well taken. I can relate to no connectivity but you are in the best landscape to be disconnected from the world.
Thanks MonaLiza. It has been a good summer. Our thoughts have been with you and Steve. I hope his treatments have gone well. Terry sends his best as well. We can relate to what you two have been going through these past months. Big hugs to you both.
Stunning photographs, it really is wonderful that national parks are there for everybody to enjoy and see such amazing scenery and wildlife. I look forward to future posts and your thoughts.
Thanks Ste J. We will be leaving here in another week. I look forward to catching up with you.
I really enjoyed your critter pictures. We will be arriving there as you are leaving. Going to spend about 4 days there visiting Pauline and others but mostly the park. We won’t get the intimate experience that you have had however it will feel so good to be back.
Wish we would be here when you arrive. We have seen so few people in the area this summer being in LBR. We have also been short-staffed, which has made life a bit more hectic. Hope you and Chris had a great summer.
I enjoyed you post..it’s not only written so well but visually gratifying also 😃
Thanks so much for stopping by!
What an amazing collection of photos and experiences you have had this summer LuAnn. Being off the grid so much must be so peaceful and rejuvenating.
It was but I, like millions of others, have an attraction to staying connected. 🙂
Hi LuAnn, Fantastic wildlife images in one of my favorite parks. You really have an eye for spotting animals and birds! Thanks for taking me there.
Thanks so much Jane and thanks for stopping by.