June 30, 2011
I left my upper windows open last night, and to my surprise, it was quiet outside. No wind, birds, insect sounds, etc. just stillness. It was nice to wake up at 8 a.m. to it being 70 degrees in my camper, as opposed to 57 and 47 the last 2 days in Yellowstone.
Today I thought I would take a short drive and see if I could see the 450 pound mama grizzly bear with 3 cubs that have been the talk of the park. I went to one area and saw some elk, but they were too far away to show in a picture. I drove a little further south and stopped on the side of the road where I had some cell phone reception to make a couple of phone calls. While talking with a friend, a moose ran across the road, I grabbed my camera quickly and was able to get this picture before it ran into the woods. I’ve learned to keep my camera in my lap for quick photos.
I then drove north back towards my campground and I saw some cars stopped up ahead. I was hoping it was the bear and cubs, and sure enough, it was. What a rare treat to see this. The sun was behind me so I couldn’t see the screen on the camera and I was looking through the viewfinder, which I now know is not the same thing. I got a few photos of the mama and cubs, but not as many as I thought. I did get some video of them which I will try and post on Picasa photos. Cars stopped all over the road and people set up tripods, etc. to get the pictures of the Grizzly bear and cubs. It was so cute watching her and the cubs running and playing. I posted 3 videos of the bears on the Photo Gallery Page of Picasa.
The wildflowers are such vibrant yellows and purples and they really are a nice contrast to the greens in the fields.