June in Yellowstone

Many joke that in Yellowstone we only have two seasons, winter and summer. 2011 definitely felt like that with lots of snow at the end of May and then the warm weather appeared. Many, myself included, feel that Yellowstone might get a little crowded during the brief summer, between Memorial Day and Labor Day; however, all that you need to do is leave the roads and Yellowstone feels like it’s your own personal park.

2011 was the year of the 100 year flood. It was truly an amazing amount of water, and that turned into an amazing amount of green as soon as the snow was gone.

Two bull Bison begin to cross the flooded Lamar River as the sun rises above the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 5DII with 70-200/2.8L IS II in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of – 2/3 (+-1) at ISO200, f/11, and HDRM adjustments for a three shot image. The camera was mounted on an Induro CT214 and Acratech GP ball head.

A Cinnamon Black Bear searches for bird's nests in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 7D with 500/4.0L IS + 1.4 TC III in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of 0 at ISO400, f/5.6, and 1/160th of a second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS and Induro GHB2 gimbal head with custom long lens support.

Four members (one out of frame) of the Canyon Pack of Wolves attempt to separate a cow Elk in the Hayden Valley of Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 7D with 500/4.0L IS + 1.4 TC III in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of 0 at ISO400, f/7.1, and 1/320th of a second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS and Induro GHB2 gimbal head with custom long lens support.

A male Osprey returns to his nest that is occupied by his mate and their two hatchlings in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 7D with 500/4.0L IS + 1.4 TC III in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of + 1/3 at ISO400, f/7.1, and 1/400th of a second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS and Induro GHB2 gimbal head with custom long lens support.

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13 Responses

  1. Wish I was there – my favorite place on Earth!

  2. Amazing pictures. We just came back and long for when we can return!

  3. Such fabulous memories my husband and I have. Want to visit again! Wish it could be soon. We went to Lamar Valley early in September 2010. Didn’t see any wildlife except the beloved Bison…..many of them!

  4. Yellowstone is such a magical place. My husband and I were there several years ago in June for the first time. We look forward to returning …

  5. These are beautiful photos taken in a magical place. We love Yellowstone.

  6. I treasure all the photos I took at Yellowstone and I will go back. What a beautiful place.

    Christeena KnowlesSeptember 20, 2011 @ 6:25 pmReply
  7. we were there the summer of 2010. it was definitely a family vacation to remember. i took lots of really good photos! would love to go back sometime.

    ursula thompsonSeptember 20, 2011 @ 11:47 pmReply
  8. Thank you for the wonderful reminders. We were just there this summer with our three children. can’t wait to go back. Bonnie

    Bonnie MastSeptember 21, 2011 @ 6:38 amReply
  9. Fabulous photos bring back beautiful memories of our visit in June 2010. We hope to head back to visit Yellowstone again one day. In the meantime we must do all we can to preserve our wonderful National Parks! They are certainly a treasure to all of us.

  10. Wonderful photos thankyou for sharing. I was there June 2008, these reminded me why I want to return so badly. Gonna get to next June [2012]. Very excited!

    Lisa MarloweSeptember 21, 2011 @ 6:59 amReply
  11. beautiful pictures, our family was just there this august, saw a grizzly with cubs, but got my new cannon camera too late to catch her, can’t wait till next visit!

  12. Wonderful pictures! We love Yellowstone. We’ve taken all our grandkids there. We were there this past June 2011 with out 10 year old grandaughter, who has gone to Yellowstone 6 times with us. Our youngest, 8 yr. old wants us to take him back again next summer. We’re ready!

    Gail JacksonSeptember 21, 2011 @ 8:00 pmReply
  13. Oops, didn’t check my info. We went with not without our 10 yr. old grandaughter. The first grandkids that we took were 6 and 7 and now are 20 and 21 and then 3 more several times.

    Gail JacksonSeptember 21, 2011 @ 8:04 pmReply



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