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A Disappointing Ending

Our wonderful trip to Colorado ended on a bit of a sour note. We had arranged to spend the night right outside of Yellowstone and then spend a day in the park. Our stay in Dubois was surprisingly pleasant. We got in early enough to visit several of the art galleries in town and enjoyed talking to the staff in all of them, as well as enjoying seeing art I couldn’t afford.

We headed out for Yellowstone by way of the Grand Tetons very early the next morning. Unfortunately, the heavy cloud cover made it impossible to see the Tetons, much less get a shot of them. By the time we got to the Yellowstone entrance there was a considerable backup and we waited well over a half hour to get in. Unfortunately, that long delay was just an indicator of how many people were in the park, and I can’t help but think that so many people pushed the animals further away than usual.

We did see elk and bison, but they were so far away that even my telephoto lens couldn’t manage a decent shot.

Since we didn’t spend as much time in the park as we had anticipated we decided to spend the night outside Boise and explore the Birds Of Prey area where our friend John had wonderful luck a few weeks before. We didn’t get skunked but the only decent shot I got was this one of a Horned Lark,

not hardly a bird of prey.