|A fire in the west as we headed north through Wyoming and...|
|... the new growth after a previous fire in our destination.|
Yellowstone National Park!
Yep. We went to Yellowstone for the annual gathering of the Journal-Keepers... a fabulous group of women who keep illustrated field journals. We meet for about four days once each year in some spectacular place, and this year the circumstances were such that the DM could join the Men's Auxiliary and share the adventure.
Of course, having David along meant I was more inclined to be a tourist than to get a lot of drawing done. I did make a couple of sketches I like, so once I finish sorting through the piles of stuff that came out of the car and get the scanner running again, I'll share them. In the meantime, a few photos from the park, where we saw almost all of the Park's "charismatic megafauna" the very first morning. (Bison, grizzly bears, elk, coyote, deer, and WOLVES! Black bear we saw a couple of days later.)
|It's an early morning bison jam. Again.|
|Who knew bison were such willing and capable swimmers?|
|Pre-swim dust bath. Yes, it was that close and No, I didn't|
approach it. It approached US from behind.
Who knew bison were also sneaky?
|Yup. Grizzly bears in the lower right. Click to embiggen.|
|Plenty of birds, too. We saw sandhill cranes and pelicans,|
bald eagles and tons of osprey. Here on a nest in the Grand
Canyon of the Yellowstone.
I think I left this image biggish and clickable, too.
|And then, of course, there were the thermal features! |
My family visited here when I was a child and I remember well
that my brother's favorites were the fountain paint pots.
I like them, too... Erupting mud!
|Great Prismatic Spring. 'Nuf said.|
|Great Fountain Geyser making a great fountain.|
|Sketching waterlilies on the Continental Divide.|
It was so hot that watercolors evaporated before I finished
each stroke. Palette puddles of color were no longer puddles
every time I reached to fill my brush.
|Hm. I don't remember the name of this spring, but it gives a good |
sense of the overall landscape.
|With the DM at Artist Point.|