A morning ski on the Blacktail Plateau in Yellowstone National Park. Tracked by nature yet not trampled.
Or perhaps warm and cool depending on your perspective.
A rising sun gives warmth to the day even when it cold outside.
The late rising winters sun mustered just enough power to cut through the morning clouds to give color to an American Bison on this somewhat overcast day. Roaming the sagebrush covered plateau was the order of the day for both man and Bison on a day that felt timeless in may ways.
While the big guys with the full curls were somewhere up in the hills above these two teenage Bighorn Sheep descended the hills, made their way through the sage brush, and then headed our direction across the grasslands below. A bit wary, yet curious, they confidently approached little by little.
They had a bit of gleam in their eyes and a look that somehow said they might be looking for trouble.
A couple teenagers with time on their hands and on the prowl.
As they inched by us we each kept our distance and you could certainly see the different personalities reflected in the way they looked us over. The first gave us a head on glance and stood for awhile the second a sideways looks as he steadily marched on through.
Starting out on foot on a trail we would usually be cross country skiing at this time of year. Needless to say that while the mountain tops are indeed covered in snow things below are still bone dry. Nonetheless it was a nice hike as that harsh and contrasty solstice light provided just enough warmth to keep us marching along.
Big views of distant peaks and a canyon where the Yellowstone river flows.
Dry grass and a rock lined ridge pointed the way as a late morning start quickly dissolved into afternoon.
Long shadows on a short day as we wound are way back home.
Bone dry but we hope that all changes soon.
On this day clouds were oftens thick and at other times just filled the sky. A splash of color always present and a December mood, a special mood, filled the air.
A December mood, a quiet mood,a special mood was there.
Have a wonderful weekend.
A Cygnet Trumpeter Swan going about their daily routine on an overcast late fall afternoon. The weather this day sure seemed to be saying it was time to move along further south soon. Yet this Cygnet seemed content and we watched as they went on..
…and preening supported by dinosaur legs.
Have a great day and a wonderful weekend.