Morning Trip to Gibbon Falls Area

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Flower by the Gibbon River in Yellowstone National Park

Flower by the Gibbon River in Yellowstone National Park.

As summer moves along the wildflowers are starting dwindle in Yellowstone National Park, but you can still find them in the wetter areas, such as this one by the Gibbon River.

I the pictures in this post northeast of Gibbon Falls at one of the several turnoffs along the way. It's a nice area if you like looking at streams and is fun to explore on foot, or for this shot, in boots that slowly sank into the mud as I tried to stay still for the picture.

Sunrise near Gibbon River

Sunrise near Gibbon River

Continuing on, I stopped at the Artist Paint Pots for this steamy picture. Here's a photo hint: you don't always see this ethereal, steamy look. I left West Yellowstone at 5:30 a.m. in order to get here in time. By 8 a.m. everything had been burned off by the sun.

Gibbon Artist Paint Pots

Gibbon Artist Paint Pots

The park service describes this location as "small but lovely" and I must agree. The trail is a short loop and there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way.


A black bear approaching a vehicle on the road in Yellowstone, June 1967. A common sight at the time, in the years before efforts were made to keep bears and humans more distant. Photo by Jonathan Schilling via Wikimedia Commons

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Back in the early 1960s, my family took that quintissential American vacation to Yellowstone National Park. It was a memorable adventure and quite different from Saturday morning cartoon fare of Yogi, Boo-boo and Mr. Ranger at Jellystone Park.