Yellowstone in the winter is all
about snow, cold, and survival. Feet of snow blanket the mountains and
sagebrush valleys in the park, making it easier to spot wildlife. While it
does get extremely cold, -23 is the coldest that I've encountered, with most
days hovering just below zero. Wildlife of every kind is all about finding
food. Buffalo push the snow aside with their heads, bighorn and elk paw at
the snow to get to the buried grasses, moose and deer are browsing the willows
and trees, predators like coyotes and foxes are digging in the snow at carcass
sites, otters and eagles are hunting the fish along the few unfrozen sections of
river. Eating is survival.
The bottom line is Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons deliver the
greatest winter wildlife photography experiences in North America. On the fourth
day of the safari we travel to Jackson for the Grand Tetons part of the safari.
I am an authorized and licensed Yellowstone National Park Tour Guide.
For those not traveling with me, we meet in Gardiner, Montana
just outside the northwest entrance to Yellowstone, just north of Mammoth Hot
Springs. I expect every type of weather during
these seven days. I expect snow storms, wind, clouds, and blue sky days.
You can never tell from weather reports exactly what we could see, but its that
type of weather that creates amazing images and illustrates how these animals
fight for survival during the winter.
Difficulty Level: EASY -
Little to no hiking, a little walking, cold temperatures.
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