Sep 07 2010
We took what was supposed to be a rainy day for a drive east across the top of Wyoming and Yellowstone and bottom of Montana along the Lemar Valley and the Beartooth Scenic Highway. We had beautiful weather, though a bit hazy, until we reached the summit of the Beartooth (Wyoming (10947 feet) and Montana (10350 feet)) where we had snow flurries.
Later that afternoon we drove through more snow on our approach to Mammoth with heavy flakes falling during the evening. Lamar Valley fulfilled the expectation of a large heard of bison. A crowd of photographers and viewers at one bison overlook were focused on a coyote trotting along the Yellowstone riverbank.
We also saw a few Pronghorn Antelope feeding on their favorite meal: sagebrush. That evening during a short drive on the Upper Terrace of Mammoth Hot Springs, I spotted a Great Horned Owl and got to watch it fly a couple times. It was dusk so no good photos. Plus my camera battery had died up on the Beartooth pass on the way back to Gardiner. I had to resort to my phone camera for special shots after that, which aren't the best. I took over 300 photos on this jaunt and it was really hard to decide what to delete!