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Yellowstone National Park
We spent two weeks of May roaming around both Yellowstone and the
Grand Teton National Parks. Yellowstone's wildlife and
thermal features (geysers, hot pools, bubbling mud) are true wonders to
behold. Grand Teton park is just south of Yellowstone and has spectacular
The Madison River
The road out to the west entrance of the park follows the Madison River
from the Madison Junction most of the way to the western boundary of the park.
Since we stayed just outside the west entrance in the town of West Yellowstone,
Montana, we often drove the road late in the day. One evening we were fortunate
to catch this sunset over the Madison River.
These two swans are nesting pair on the Madison River. They are
a photographer's and wildlife watcher's dream since they spend a lot of
their time near the shore collecting food. We saw the same pair on our
trip last year as well.
Since the banks of the Madison river are quite lush and the winters are less
harsh in this valley than the rest of the park, it's an ideal place for
buffalo and elk to graze.