Specimen Ridge Sept.– YNet Discussion Forum Post

Finally found the big ones!

by MGoBlue on Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:21 pm

Turned out the third time was the charm — It’s not really that hard, but we’d tried twice before to find the massive vertical petrified trees on Specimen Ridge. These are among the ones featured in Knowlton’s 1921 monograph for the USGS called Fossil Forests of the Yellowstone National Park, which you can access online at http://www.nps.gov/history/history/onli … /index.htm. They’re actually visible from the road below, if you know exactly where to look.This shows the enormous redwood — At the bottom right you can see the upper portion of the two tall pines that stand below it like sentinels:Image
by chestercheetah7, on FlickrCarolyn standing beside the redwood, for scale:Image
by chestercheetah7, on FlickrBetter views of the two sentinel pines:Image
by chestercheetah7, on FlickrImage
by chestercheetah7, on FlickrImage
by chestercheetah7, on Flickr

The redwood from below — It’s hard to tell where its roots leave off and what may be a massive horizontal petrified log begins:

by chestercheetah7, on Flickr

There are three ways you can get to them — From above (difficult), from below (difficult), and crossing the hillside on an easy trail that’s nearly level. (Well, it’s easy after you’ve climbed about a thousand feet up the social trail from the road below! :D ) Any Forum member who’s planning to visit this amazing sacred place, PM us and I can give you the GPS coordinates of the turnoff onto the trail.

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” — Walt Kelly
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Yellowstone, October 27 & 28, 2012 (Report/Photos)

by GoHike on Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:41 pm

You can read the trip report here:
Inside of the blog post are links to images (as I write about them).If you want to skip straight to the gallery full of images you can do that here:
Make the jump to go through the online gallery, I ask that you leave comments/criticism or at least give your favorites a thumbs up… THANKS!

If you have questions, ask… I published the camera information with each image and have added full keywords to share just about anything you would want to know about the images.

Happy shooting

Now it’s time for the teasers:
Steam rises from a thermal feature as snow falls on the Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 5D III and 17-40/4.0L in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of + 1 2/3 at ISO400, f/7.1, and 1/1000th of a second. The camera was handheld.

Waves crash on shore at Sedge Bay of Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 5D III and 17-40/4.0L in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of + 2 2/3 at ISO50, f/22, and 1.3 seconds. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS and Arca-Swiss Z1sp, a 4 stop neutral density filter was used.

Waves crash on shore at Sedge Bay of Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 5D III and 17-40/4.0L in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of + 2 at ISO50, f/22, and 1 second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS and Arca-Swiss Z1sp, a 4 stop neutral density filter was used.

A grizzly bear searches for food as waves crash on shore at Sedge Bay of Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park.

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And the Ranger said “It’s that time of year”!

by BlueSky on Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:05 am

October 21-24The last thing The Ranger said to us while we were stuck at Canyon was “It’s that time of year”! The only way out & the ONLY gate open was the South Entrance. But we were camped at Mammoth! How would we get back there? It’s a long way around.

We arrived at The Mammoth Campground around noon on the 21st. There were very few campers left & the hosts told us that the lower half of the campground would be closing on the 24th. No problem, we were leaving on the 24th, so we chose a spot on the lower half. There was no one around us. How rare was that! The temperature was a bit chilly but not too bad. So we set up & headed out towards Swan Lake. There were lots of clouds & intermittent sunshine. The Tundra Swans were floating & talking on Swan Lake.



We scoped the hills & didn’t find anything, so we moved on towards The Hayden Valley. We stopped at Nez Perce for a quick break & we were once again entertained by the Gray Jays, Steller’s Jays & Clark’s Nutcracker.




We continued on to The Pelican Creek Trailhead. Not a single animal. And amazingly, hardly any people! We headed back towards Canyon & then Norris. So quiet. Before the daylight would fade completely, we decided to take the Upper Terrace Drive. The sun was setting fast & the 3/4 waxing moon was rising. No one else was around which was a little spooky & the dramatic features with their steam & gurgling sounds added to the effect. We shot a few pictures of their orange & green colors & alien looking shapes in the moonlight.




The next day we arose before sunrise.

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Max’s Fall Trip Report, Days 2 & 3: September 24 & 25
by Max  on Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:19 pm
Day 2
A couple of patterns are emerging on this trip: fairly quiet mornings followed by exciting afternoons. Though we’re not seeing a high volume of animals, our days are punctuated by great encounters with more elusive species. If the whole week goes this way, it will be pretty remarkable. Unlikely, but a boy can dream. ;)Yesterday was a perfect example of the way things have gone. The morning drive out to the NW corner of the park–Upper Terrace Drive, Swan Lake Flat, Sheepeater Cliff, Boundary Road–offered little in the way of excitement.We lunched at the Yellowstone Picnic Area before returning to the Lamar Valley. Finally, we had an excuse to stop. A sizable herd of pronghorn was in the middle of the valley near the Institute. Large herds of bison grazed nearby. The golden cottonwoods on the valley floor provided a nice backdrop for photos, and the pronghorns were active. Two bucks spent the majority of their time rounding up females, pursuing them with amorous intentions and occasionally getting in a tussle with each other.
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Friday & Saturday (Sept-21 & 22 2012) – Forum Post

by jleom on Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:01 pm

It was a lot better this time than the weekend before. It was the first time I felt I had been skunked (wildlife). I did get some good landscape photos but never did get the big lense out.We arrived Thursday evening and headed over to Great Fountain Geyser for the sunset. With all the smoke in the air I was hoping for some color. The was a little bit :)1.

ImageWe thought our luck with the bull elk was going to change but just before the sun came up they went back into the trees and didn’t come out. Down on the Madison we did have a good look at the bull there…3.

He pushed some cows across the river then came back for the rest.


At Mammoth this bull was quite active trying to keep the harem together…


Saturday morning we found an antelope in sweet light.


Oh, I forgot this one bown by Chinese Garden late Friday evening.


And a little fall color at LeHardy Rapids.


It sure is beautiful in the park right now. But the smoke sure in bad and affects landscape shots.


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Backpacking Hoodoo Basin (NE Yellowstone) 8/4-8/11, 2012

by Sitmowm on Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:42 pm

The Hoodoo Basin, in the northeast part of the park, is beautiful but remote. From the Soda Butte hikers’ trailhead in the Lamar Valley, it takes around 17 miles of hiking up the Lamar River and Miller Creek, and then a 2,000 foot climb and an additional six miles or so to reach the actual Hoodoos. It’s beautiful country, and not seen by many people. Over the six days I was on the Miller Creek trail and exploring the Hoodoo Basin beyond, I saw two backpacking couples and one horse party. And for one three-day period, while I was on the most remote part of the route, I didn’t see anybody at all. Read the rest
Avalanche Peak Hike – YNet Discussion Forums

June 23rd — Avalanche Peak

by MGoBlue on Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:01 pm

Finally got around to hiking up to the top of Avalanche Peak. This view from the trail shows Sylvan Lake below and the southern end of Yellowstone Lake in the distance:
YNP June 2012 -4101_DxO.jpg by chestercheetah7, on Flickr
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The Waiting Game & scoping fun! (Forum Post)
by BlueSky on Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:38 pm
Question; How long do you wait to see some critter behavior you have never seen and want to? Answer; For us, 7 hours. I’ll get to that in a bit.We arrived Sunday July 8 at Pebble Creek Campground and got the same spot we had last year in August! Soon we were headed out towards Tower. Arriving at Calcite Springs we decided to look for the Peregrine Falcon nest. Not knowing exactly where it was, we were happy to see a long lens pointed down at the cliff face at one of the pullouts past the overlook. We met fellow Ynetter Judy. She had “the” spot to best see the chicks and was happy to show us on her screen the view down to the ledge where the three chicks were. It was hot and the chicks were trying to find the best way to stay out of the sun and mostly out of view.
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Some photos from our trip (Forum Post)

by Dubh on Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:04 pm

A big thank you to all on YNET for making our trip to GTNP & YNP (24th May – 13th June) so much fun and productive.
The trip report is going to take me a bit longer, hence posting some photos from our trip. I am a novice crawling up the hugh learning curve of photography, and I can’t ever see myself having time to look at editing photos so what you see is what you get! Going back to GTNP & YNP armed with a bit more knowledge and a tiny bit more know how made learning all the more fun. Managing to actually get photos with my camera on manual the whole time was such a thrill, I have decided the auto dial should be deleted!

Mountain Goat (heavily cropped)
Dusky Grouse

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Our first Trip Report – June 16th – Day 9 (Forum Post)

by GeorgiaPhotog on Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:33 am
Day 9 – June 16, 2012 – Saturday:

We slept better during the night. Our cabin cooled down with the windows left open. We still haven’t run the heater and never would during our 4-night stay at Canyon. We were up early and out in Hayden Valley by 5AM. We stopped at Alum Creek hoping to get some sunrise photos but there was a huge amount of fog hanging low over the valley. As we were standing there we heard a group of wolves howling in the distance. That sent chills down our spines, in addition to the chills just from being so darn cold!A little artistic treatment on this one:



After the sun was up and starting to break through the fog, we started to head towards Grizzly Overlook but I spotted a coyote and immediately turned around back to Alum Creek since he was headed that way. We got well in front of him and captured some photos as he came right towards us, then he turned and walked out through the sagebrush. We drove around a few times but there was nothing else stirring in the valley. Read the rest

Trip Report – (YNet Discussion Fourms)

by Dan on Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:54 pm

Day 1 – Arrived thru the east entrance out of Cody around 4pm. Saw a momma and baby moose about 5 miles past the entrance, a grizzly just west of Sylvan lake and a black at Tower. Time for Bed!

Day 2 – Vicki and I Met Bruce Gourley and Ken Drury and his daughter for a hike to Mystic Falls this Morning. The weather was a pain because it rained, then the sun came out, then rained, etc. Afterwards we all went to Canyon for lunch, only to find out the thunderstorm knocked out the power, so we made do with what we had in our cars. We then drove over to Tower, stopping along the way to see if we could spot any wildlife, which we didn’t. We parted company there and headed back to the Lake for a late afternoon nap. That evening in S. Hayden, it hailed like crazy for 5-10 minutes. We drove north and stopped at Grizzly Overlook and saw 2 black Canyon wolves in the distance. Read the rest

June 2-9th Wildlife Love Affair Again

by brentawp on Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:57 am

There are many thoughts that come to mind for these eight shooting days, not the least of which is rain. But during these two four-day photo safaris I was leading we came away with amazing experiences and some great images. Not all experiences lead to photos, but most in Yellowstone do.

The number of black bears from the Blacktail Lakes to above Tower was impressive. No one in Yellowstone failed to see bears if they wandered up this road during any particular day at any particular time. The male Cinnamon black bear was a true actor and seemed to perform best when more folks were watching him. I shot him standing, scratching, stretching, strutting, rolling, eating, mating, and running. While everyone calls the black sow near Rainy Lake “Rosie” – the real Rosie died decades ago – so she would be more aptly named “Rosie’s Granddaughter”. Her and her cubs put on a great show for us, though we never crossed passes too closely, and never got any stunning images. On one pass around the Big Curve near the Calcite Cliffs we couldn’t spot her, but her cubs were fifty feet up a pine tree doing some death-defying, branch balancing, wrestling moves.

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Babies, Best Buddies & Birthday Surprises June 4-7 Part 1

by BlueSky on Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:49 pm

Kevin’s Birthday was upon us but he didn’t want any presents. What he did want was a photographic adventure to Yellowstone. On his wish list to capture in photos were, COY’s, Badgers & Babies( are they called kits or cubs?), Pikas, & especially Quad Mom & the little one & his/her sibling. Kevin’s wish came true & a whole lot more!
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Planet Yellowstone: Live from the park, part 8
5 pm The afternoon drive between Mammoth and the Slough Creek turnout came and went without any drama, and right where we planned our midway break we ran into Max, Bill & Peggy. It’s not that we can’t have any fun with just the 2 of us, but their presence sure did upgrade the break.
Max’s Trip Report: Days 12 & 13
More gray, more snow, more of the same. Details are beginning to blur since so many of these days feature the same conditions and few standout sightings. Jenn and I caught our daily moose fix with the cow and yearling on the north side of the road at Warm Creek. We passed through the Lamar and Little America, encountering very little oncoming traffic. At Roosevelt we learned why. The road was closed heading west from Roosevelt Junction.
Max’s Trip Report: Days 6 & 7 – Forum Post

by Max on Tue May 22, 2012 6:37 pm


Day 6
Jenn was starting to feel under the weather, so she stayed in on this particular morning, but my friend Brian (who’s visiting for a few days) was happy to take her spot after spending the entire previous day indoors. It was another sunny day, and as has become the norm on this trip, one of the first major sightings involved moose. The bulls that had previously been on the hillside in Round Prairie were down in the willows near the road. The sun rose over the mountains as we arrived, giving us a great view of these giants as they munched on their veggies.The rest of the morning drive was fairly quiet, possibly highlighted by the somewhat odd sight of a red-tailed hawk on the ground at the Roosevelt ranger station… or perhaps the adorable bison calves frolicking near the road in the morning light. Read the rest
Day 4 – Discussion Fourm – Trip Reports

by YSNUT on Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:30 pm

What a great beginning to the day. I was going east out of Mamoth just at first light when a grey wolf ran across the road just in front of me. It ran a short distance and stopped on a small hill. I watched it for a few minutes but then it went out of sight. As I continued on down the road I notice a small group all looking in the direction that the wolf had taken. Thinking maybe the wolf would go after the elk I turned around and went back towards Mamoth. At the same place where the first wolf crossed the road 7 more followed. They all ran out into the sagebrush and held a meet and greet. Just then a 9th wolf crossed the road. He looked frightened and had his tail tucked between his legs. When the others saw him they immediately charged in his direction. He ran back across the road and one of the other 8 chased after him. The other 7 continued east and out of sight. Just after we lost sight of them the 2 appeared near the road and began to bark and howl trying to find the others. Some photographers got too close and they left the area. We did not see them again. One of the rangers informed us that this pack were the Blacktails.

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Day 3 – Discussion Fourm – Trip Reports

by YSNUT on Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:39 pm

I didn’t get out until mid-afternoon today and drove all the way to Pebble Creek without seeing anythingg significant . I figured it was going to be a lost day until I came across a black bear about 2 or 3 miles east of Phantom Lake. I stopped at Blacktail Lakes to scope out the carcass that is just visible in one of the ponds. I had decided to stay just until 5:00 PM but a photographer I know stopped and while we were talking an uncolored grey wolf came down the side of the pond and jumped in and swam out to the carcass. He did a quick swim by and the got out of the water, shook himself and went back to the east. He went about 1/4 mile and recovered an earlier cache.

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