OK. Just had to vent a little. Believe me, my lone Republican Congressman is hearing from me. Every day. And no, I’m not just mad because I can’t go to the national parks.
But I’ll spare you the rant.
Yellowstone the last weekend in September was as captivating as ever. It was cold, and windy, and spitting snow, but no one seemed to mind.
This guy, in particular, was oblivious to everything except the roots that he was tearing up:
He was totally unimpressed by the group photographing him from just a 150 feet away.
The bull elk that has corralled his harem at Mammoth Hot Springs was equally oblivious to the folks stalking him. He was just frantically trying to keep control of his ladies. They, of course, were oblivious to him.
He was obliging enough to carry on right outside the window of the Mammoth Springs Hotel. What luxury, to be able to watch his frantic herding from the warm lounge!
I did see him take on a few cars, and he even went after a giant one-ton pickup. The rangers have got to go nuts trying to keep folks from getting in his way.
(A few years ago a big elk rammed a car and ended up with a tail light on his antlers. There’s a great video of it on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGuRBLuSD9Q )
The pronghorn males are working hard at keep their ladies together as well.
The bighorns and the bison aren’t getting all crazy quite yet, but it won’t be long. These guys are thinking about it.
Even when the weather isn’t cooperating, there’s plenty of beauty to be found.