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White Buffalo

blogThis morning I had planned to shoot trees covered with hoarfrost, but when I opened my cabin door I had a bison browsing just off the porch. These bull bison are up to 2000 pounds and they are very agile, although most of the time they move very deliberately. Well, the fellow this morning took his time to munch on dry grass and scratch his head on one of the posts that mark the path between cabins. The bison was less than 20 feet away. I had just cracked the door wide enough to take pictures through the gap. I could hear his breathing, his jaws moving, and his hoofs in the snow. My hope was that he would not attempt to walk into the door…

He didn’t.

 

 

 

 

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Mixed bag

Shutdown

The night the lights went out, almost.

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Thousands of miles away the suits are having last minute discussions on whether to shutdown the government or not. I am celebrating a foot of fresh snow.

The lights stayed on. The park will remain open, for now. Xanterra will foot the bill to have the road plowed. Government buildings will remain closed. This could be a great weekend in the park. Just the locals (bison, elk, moose, foxes, coyotes and us) and fresh powder covering up the landscape. Let’s see what the morning has in store…


“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

Thomas Jefferson

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One Man's Paradise

Good Morning – № 2

When the temperatures drop into the teens overnight we are waking up to spectacular mornings: Mist in the valley, hoar frost on the trees. Together with bison grazing snow covered meadows and you get the proverbial Yellowstone winter scene.

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“The morning is in itself a miracle, the chance to be able to live life – is the greatest gift we have. The morning is a reminder of that, every day.”

J.R. Rim

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One Man's Paradise

Good Morning – 2018

“If I can’t stay where I am,
and I can’t,
then I will put all that I can into the going.”

Jeanette Winterson


Googling for resolutions, I came up with the above quote. The first day of any year, is a good opportunity to reflect on the past and think about what lies ahead. In fact, any day of the year is an opportunity to that.

I have met a handful of people in past couple of weeks, who have told me coming to Yellowstone was a life-changing event. Some have made the park and its surrounding settings their permanent home. Others come back, as often as possible.

I am taking it all in at the moment: Bitter cold mornings, enjoyable afternoon sunshine, winter storms…

 

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