The wolves were both beautiful and illusive. They always knew where people were, and kept their distance.
These images of wolves were taken with a 600mm lens - 42mp mirrorless camera. Yet they still appeared as little black dots against the snowy landscape.
Debbie and our guide Bonnie spot wolves
It was early in the morning and the wolves were hanging around this area. One grey wolf challenged a group of bison to the left of this photo for fun. After awhile they moved on towards Tower Junction.
When they reached Tower Junction, they laid around awhile before disappearing over the ridge.
This big elk was hanging out down in a gully protected from the wind the entire time (3 days) we were in the park.
A pair of big horn sheep explored the hillside next to the road.
The bison, ever present, seem unfazed by the harsh conditions of winter.
Every morning we headed into the park before dawn to be in position to spot wolves should they make an appearance. This day, it was 2 degrees after the sun came up.
A wintery scene in Lamar Valley, next to what I think of as "Otter Bend".
Our biologist/guide Bonnie knew where all the favorite spots were for different animals. We watched little otters play in the snow here in Lamar Valley.
Bald eagles were not uncommon to see.
Bonnie somehow spotted these mountain goats. She did it with binoculars much less powerful than the lens used to take this photo. They are visible here, but I dare you to find them.
This little fox was along side the road . With my big cameras in the back of the truck so they would remain at the same temperature as outside, I grabbed my iPhone and took this photo.
The wolf that broke my heart. Separated (temporarily) from her pack, she howled the most mournful sound I've ever heard. She kept looking back to where her pack had been. This was at Slough Creek on our last morning in the park.
A pair of coyotes came to the area, perhaps curious at the howling of our lone wolf. It seems that coyotes come much closer to people than wolves. They were gorgeous in their winter coats...
All this, from the side of the road...
If Earth were like Yellowstone, a sanctuary for wildlife, we would be much happier.
3 off the floor...
We had so much fun watching a pair of coyotes run and play.
The forecast for the morning of the blue moon/ super moon/ lunar eclipse was hopeless. Luckily for us the forecast was wrong and we had a window of opportunity in the park.