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Spring in the Parks

“In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” – Mark Twain

Even before living on the road made travel a bit easier, more fluid, visiting my Wyoming parks in May was a goal. No, an imperative. But it wasn’t a given.

Having missed spring 2021 up here, my urge to spend May this year searching for bears and enjoying the abundant wildlife, matched the intensity of the dramatic weather. Ask Ellen.

We reluctantly abandoned the warmth and sunshine of south Florida and booked it 2500 miles north, to the snowy, moody, freezing frontier. Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are unpredictable in May. Most of the 10 days we spent there ended with at least snow flurries.

The lakes in Yellowstone were still mostly frozen.

But the wildlife… out in full force, seemingly energized by the (somewhat) warming weather with periodic snow.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the grizzlies were out in solid numbers. They are by far my favorite animal to observe and photograph.

But I do love all the canine species too.

The weather and light wasn’t the best at sunrise and sunset most days, so no incredible landscape shots this time, but it was wonderful just to witness the vistas and myriad wildlife.

It isn’t possible to make it up each and every May, but I certainly cherish the years I am able to visit my beloved parks and animals during the magic of spring in the Rockies.

— Andrew

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