"There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of this great human principle." Franklin D. Roosevelt

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Elk Herd in the Yellowstone River

An incredible scene this morning. I was coming back from Hayden Valley when I saw a herd of elk in the Yellowstone River. It was right across the river from a picnic area so I pulled in and grabbed both of my cameras. When I got out of my car I could hear one of them bugling so I stayed amongst the trees and used my zoom. Unfortunately, two other guys pulled in and hurried right up to the rivers edge and scared the herd away. When I turned around I noticed that the entire parking area had filled up and even a couple of NPS employees had pulled in. Too bad that the rest of the people missed most of the sights and sounds of the herd.