One of my first stops in June was to see the baby badgers. The den had just been relocated the night before. Mom and pop were out hunting so I jumped on the chance with one other photographer to take some pix of their three little rascals. They were your typical kids with each having its own personality: one was timid and spent most of its time near the den hole, the second was an adventurer venturing out into the sage most of the time and the third was a “wannabee adventurer”. It kept following the adventurous sibling but usually ended up at the den hole.THE THREE LITTLE RASCALS – Trying to get all three in the same frame was quite an undertaking. IMG_5398Eby bigskywild, on Flickr
THE WANNABEE TAKING A CHOMP TO GET THE ADVENTURER’S ATTENTION IMG_5386Eby bigskywild, on FlickrTHE TIMID BADGER AT THE DEN HOLE IMG_5464E2 by bigskywild, on Flickr
Yellowstone National Park is home to some 10,000 thermal features, over 500 hundred of which are geysers. In fact, Yellowstone contains the majority of the worlds geysers. Old Faithful is the most popular attraction in Yellowstone National Park, and everyone who visits for the first time should watch this most famous of geysers erupt. Although neither the highest or most regular geyser in the Park, it is spectacular. Learn more about Yellowstone's Geysers hereHistory: The human history of the Yellowstone region goes back more than 11,000 years. From about 11,000 years ago to the very recent past, many groups of Native Americans used the park as their homes, hunting grounds, and transportation routes. These traditional uses of Yellowstone lands continued until a little over 200 years ago when the first people of European descent found their way into the park. In 1872 a country that had not yet seen its first centennial established Yellowstone as the first national park in the world. A new concept was born and with it a new way for people to preserve and protect the best of what they had for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. More HistoryGeology: At the heart of Yellowstone’s past, present, and future lies volcanism. Catastrophic volcanic eruptions occurred here
About 2 million years ago,
then 1.2 million years ago,
and then again 600,000 years ago.
The latest eruption spewed out nearly 240 cubic miles of debris.
In recent years, much public attention has focused on the fact that Yellowstone sits astride one of the world's largest active volcanic systems. Questions routinely arise in regards to the likelihood of a volcanic eruption in Yellowstone and the impact of such an eruption.More Geology