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WOW!!!  That's almost all I can say.  This was an intense storm - howling winds, electric out most of the night and nearly three feet of snow on the ground by Tuesday morning.  But what a beautiful sight :-)!!

 

Monday.

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Tuesday.
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How cute is my dog :-)??!!
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Even for Yoshi with all his fur it was still REALLY, REALLY, cold ... I love that you can see his breath :-).
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Yoshi's ready to pack it in and go home ... after only 20 minutes :-).
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A beautiful view from our yard ...
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... and a stunning one at the bottom of the road!!!!
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Amanda:

your doggy is super cute!! :)

(12.11.09 @ 11:49 PM)
Tim Halberg:

soooo beautiful! I miss living where it snows!! thanks for sharing photos that show the beauty of it!

(12.19.09 @ 05:09 AM)
Lisa:

Aw, Yoshi is a cutie pie!!! Yowza that's alotta snow!!!

(12.23.09 @ 11:43 PM)
November 1, 2009 // Personal
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Melissa Dunstan:

What a cutie! Hope you guys had a great "Howl-o-ween" (sorry, I couldn't resist). I always enjoy reading your blog and looking at all the beautiful photos and hearing about all the great stories behind them. Let's catch up soon!

(11.01.09 @ 02:12 PM)

This all began with the booking of a destination wedding in Michigan for Labor Day weekend.  We decided that rather than fly, it would be a great idea to drive and see some areas of the country we have never seen before.  Thus began the planning and execution of the Great American Road Trip!

 

We really wanted to visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park so those were our first big stops.  We spent 2 days in Grand Teton and almost 4 in Yellowstone, both of which far exceeded our expectations!!  We spent much time in the company of bison (my new favorite animal), sometimes finding ourselves within 20 feet of the 2000 pound animals.  It was great!  The rut was in full swing so we got to see plenty of spit-flinging, snot-snorting fights which was also great!  We loved the many geological features of Yellowstone, but not the smell so much :-).

 

We then headed across the heartland through lovely, and flat, North Dakota, picking up plenty of bugs along the way.  We finally ended up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where we spent a couple of days exploring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along the wild shores of lake Superior.  I have always wanted to go there and it was well worth it!  From there we headed down into lower Michigan for the wedding and then continued on to Chicago to have a very quick visit with my friend Daniela (she photographed our wedding last year.)  We left Chicago on Monday knowing we had to make good time ... we had to be in Tucson on Thursday for another wedding.  We did spend a little time in Taos, New Mexico on the way home which was really cool.  After the Tucson wedding we headed straight home so we could be at a wedding in Sedona by Saturday!

 

So there it is!  Three weeks, 15 states, and 6500 miles later we came full circle on our Great American Road Trip.  Some of the highlights included spending a lot of time with bison, being charged by a male Pronghorn who confused us for a male he was catching the scent of over the ridge, a raging thunderstorm over the plains complete with american symbols in the foreground like bison and bald eagles, seeing the world's largest cow, Salem Sue, seeing my friend Daniela and those are just to name a few.  It was an amazing trip and I am so glad we decided to do it!  We took thousands of images while we were there, but these five emerged at the top!

 

Bison grazing at Sunrise

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Lightning and Resting Bison
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Bison Emerging from the Shadows
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Silly Face
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Artist Point in Yellowstone
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After this trip my new favorite animal is the bison!!  I completely fell in love with these giant lumbering creatures.  We had many amazing opportunities to be in the company of, get way too close to, observe and photograph bison in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton.  We were there during the rut and that was definitely something to witness.  Side note: don't find yourself in the middle of two rutting bulls - bad, bad idea ... we are OK though :-)!  We also saw and photographed Pronghorn, mule deer, elk, coyote, bald eagles and much more.  It was nice to concentrate on wildlife photography ... something we haven't done in way too long!

 

Yellowstone Bison

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Love the accessories :-)!
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This bull knows another is near and he is beginning to posture for dominance.
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He goes at it with his adversary!  This was where we found ourselves just slightly in the way!
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Reee-jected ... yes, he got a swift kick to the face for his advances ... poor guy :-(.
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This coyote is hunting and he got a tasty little snack for his efforts :-).
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This guy (Pronghorn) charged us ... or so it seemed.  He ran straight at us and stopped about 10 feet shy of us.  Ultimately it was another male over the ridge that got him so upset, but it definitely got our heart rates up :-)!
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Grand Teton Bison
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This is our car and this is how close they were to us ... pretty cool :-)!
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If I were to try to find words to describe Yellowstone National Park - and believe me, words will definitely escape you when you lay eyes upon this place - they would be somewhere along the lines of primordial, surreal, sublime ... especially sublime.  This place really did leave me speachless.  I haven't felt a sense of peace like this since Africa.  I didn't want to leave.  We are already planning another trip back.

 

Old Faithful

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Mud Pots
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Bison Tracks in Grand Prismatic Springs
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Patterns are everywhere in Yellowstone.
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Yellowstone Lake
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Hayden Valley and Yellowstone River
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Mammoth Hot Springs
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Artist Point
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The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
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Grand Prismatic Springs
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Lamar Valley
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gino:

Really enjoyed these images. Very very nice. Thanks for the eye candy.

Here are a few of mine if you're interested.

http://storybyphoto.com/blog/2008/06/19/yellowstonephotos/

(07.24.10 @ 05:53 AM)