Where the Wild Roam Free ~ Yellowstone National Park

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.

Enjoy!

Bighorn sheep spotted while hiking Specimen Ridge
Northern red-shafted flicker, a member of the woodpecker family, also seen during our Specimen Ridge hike
Although I didn’t have the lens to properly snap this crafty weasel’s photo, he reluctantly came out from under a cabin and posed for me. I think he got weary of me stalking him!
I almost stepped on this fawn during a morning walk on the Buffalo Ranch grounds. Her mama most likely hid her in the sage to protect her from predators.
Peregrine falcon nesting above the Yellowstone River. Terry was looking at him through a spotting scope and used his iPhone to take this shot.
Male pronghorn resting among the wildflowers
Uinta ground squirrel peeking out of the sagebrush
Mama grizzly and her cub in the upper-right corner of the photo. We were caught in a huge bear jam so I jumped out of the car and grabbed this photo.
Another predatory bird, an osprey with a meal, who Terry captured with his iPhone through a spotting scope.
This little cutie was found up in the Beartooth Mountains and couldn’t seem to get close enough to me for a chance to get his photo taken. What an adorable marmot!
Cow elk resting in the morning sun
This little fledgling, the last robin to leave the nest, was found later that day, having been attacked by a Uinta squirrel…RIP little one.
Little “red dog” with horns beginning to bud
This mountain bluebird seemed to be toying with me as I patiently waited for him to land on a tree branch.
This shiny black bear had just gotten out of Phantom Lake, romping through the water, as I sat in a bear jam. Notice the red ear tag.
This massive bull bison walked down the road, right by us, and up on the hillside during my bison class.
I waited until August to finally see this magnificent bird, the trumpeter swan.

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