As the harbinger of winter, the autumn season brings a sense of peace and introspection with its quiet isolation, broken only by the occasional haunting call of a bull elk. Crowds are fewer and dispersed. Colors are saturated. The air is clear and crisp. It’s these elements combined together that make fall my favorite season for photography.
Yellowstone National Park
As the Rim Fire continues to advance across the northern reaches of Yosemite National Park, challenging firefighters and alarming onlookers, it's hard not to recall perhaps the worst fire season ever to strike a national park, that of the dry, hot, and smoky summer of 1988 in Yellowstone National Park.
Water in a national park, whether you're encountering the white-water variety, or a relatively smooth lake, or even pools of water while canyoneering, can wreak havoc on cameras and other electrical equipment. They need protection.
Yellowstone National Park's bison herd is healthy and productive, so much so that it's approaching the peak estimate of 5,000 animals made back in 2005.
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Wonderment and joy unfold in the national parks come fall when the wild kingdom becomes more visible, literally voicing the call of the wild in parks such as Great Smoky Mountains or Rocky Mountain or winging overhead in any number of parks.
Nimble and responsive, the Ally was firm, if not entirely rigid, as we paddled into the swells on Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone National Park. This Norwegian curiosity was no slouch on the lake, and even handier on the Lewis River Channel.
Once upon a time, there were enough Arctic grayling in a creek on the western border of Yellowstone National Park that the stream was named for them, Grayling Creek. In the not too distant future, that creek might once again harbor Arctic grayling, as well as native westlope cutthroat trout, under a plan being implemented by park fisheries experts.
Yellowstone National Park's latest winter-use management plan has drawn measured approval from two groups that had been concerned that its draft version was too weak to adequately protect the park's resources.
Ahab had his white whale, Moby-Dick, which drove him to his death. I had the Common Loon, a fish-loving, deep-diving waterfowl that mocked me with its tremolo call as I stood on the shore of Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone National Park.