Yellowstone Below Zero West Thumb & Hayden Valley

Our days have been so fun filled and photography packed that I am running behind on blogging. On Thursday we did the lower loop with stops at one of my favorite thermal areas in the park…West Thumb. The photo gods smiled upon us just the right weather conditions for the landscape. Blue skies are great when photographing the thermals as the colors really pop…

As we headed along the Yellowstone River Arden, the best snow coach guide in the park, spotted river otters. We stopped and I had to slog through thigh deep snow to get the shot. The otters were taking a break, resting on the snow bank…

and the ice…

After a bit they went into a “hole” in the snow and disappeared so we continued on. As we reached Hayden Valley, the afternoon light was playing across the hills and the distant mountains providing us with a lbeautiful landscape opportunity. I shot the scene, with panorama in mind…

When we arrived in Hayden Valley we were fortunate enough to get a quick opportunity to photograph a red fox as it was trotting across the snow. It stopped and looked as us for a minute before moving on…

When we approached the location of the swan kill from a few days earlier we spotted a coyote sniffing around looking for any last morsel to eat. When he couldn’t find anything he moved off along the river…

Tired and very happy with the days results we made our way back to Old Faithful.

Images created with Nikon D3X, AF 16mm 2.8 Fisheye, AF-S 14-24mm 2.8, AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR, D3S, AF-S 600mm f4 VR, TC-14E II, TC-20E II on Lexar digital media