The Yellowstone National Park Section is a detailed Portfolio of 300+ images
and Composites organized into five pages. There are also links to an external page
on Mammoth Hot Springs and the Elk and Bear pages in the Wildlife Studies section.
The first National Park, the Yellowstone region was set aside in 1872 by Ulysses S. Grant,
but poaching and destruction of natural resources continued unabated until the Army set up
a camp in Mammoth Hot Springs in 1886, some of which can still be seen. Procedures
developed by the Army to protect the wildlife and land were adopted by the National
Park Service when they were created in 1916. Many park areas carry the names
of early superintendents (e.g. Norris Geyser Basin), and Harry Yount, the first man
assigned by Norris in 1877 to guard the wildlife, is considered the first Park Ranger.
Yellowstone National Park contains within its 3500 sq. mi. the largest supervolcano caldera
in North America. The magma lake (centered below Yellowstone Lake in the southern part of
the park) provides the energy to power half of the world’s geothermal features, most of which are
in the southern part of the park (including geysers, mud volcanoes, hot springs, and other features).
The park is also home to a large number of wildlife species. I have concentrated this section on
Bear, Bison, Bighorn Sheep, Elk, Pronghorn Antelope, Coyote, Moose, River Otter, and
several bird species, including Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, and Trumpeter Swans.
click a display composite below to select a page
Here, we take a close look at the Coyote, both in Fall and during a late winter hunt.
There are also a number of shots of Moose (the largest of the deer species), a family
of River Otters on their dam in the Madison River, and a few shots of deer in the woods.