The Top of Norris
12 16 15 Frosty tops on the ridge above Round Prairie.
Raven's at Tower Junction
A bit of bone provides access to the marrow. Both took a peck at the tender parts.
The Shadow Knows
Back lit and at some distance you can see the Coyote just before he buries his snout into the snow.
Coyote in winter coat
Canis latrans: Out mousing. There five in sight near the Buffalo Ranch this morning. 11 30 15
Nice profile of the ram.
Ovis canadensis: American Big Horn Sheep
From SW Canada to N Mexico these sheep can be found in the Rocky Mts. Males can reach 250 lbs while the females top out around 160 lbs.
With very good hearing the Coyote can pinpoint...sometimes...the exact location of his meal. He stomps down with his front paws to disable and trap the critter...
Big Horn Sheep Ram
The Confluence is a good spot to catch these sheep...South facing and wind swept it is a good place for a nap and browsing.
The sheep have a 175 day gestation period. The average 9 years but can live to 24 years.
Big Horn on the rim.
American Big Horn Sheep or Mountain Sheep are accepted names.
Meleagris gallopavo. There are a lot of turkeys in the park and here are two of the Real Ones.
Look for them on wind swept slopes in the Winter where the browse is more exposed. Here on the North side of MT. Norris.
Coyote with mange
Mange was introduced in the 1920s to help eradicate Wolves and Coyotes. Here a Coyote shows signs of a bad case of mange.
Food for all.
A wolf kill provides food for lots of critters. Magpie, Raven and Coyote all share in the feast.
Snow Crystals form in cold air
No clouds but moisture in the air changes to snow and sparkles the sky.
The Round Prairie Tree
The pine tree out in Round Prairie.
Slough Creek Dawn
Cold, calm, and pastel sky greet the day. Looking up Slough Creek from Aspen East.
Moon rise of Mt. Norris 112215
Pebble Creek expansion
Bottom Ice forms and forces water in different directions creating interesting pathways.
Huge crystals are forming on branches along Soda Butte Creek.
6 adults and 3 cignets
The Trumpeter Swans stay on the Yellowstone year round. There is enough open water and food for them to make it with a few other water fowl.
Lava Creek joins Gardner River
Just North of the Mammoth High Bridge is where this is located.
Swans on the bar.
Red Dog ahead.
Red Dogs are very young bison. At the middle of October perhaps to young to make it through the long winter.