Every trip to Yellowstone is an adventure. We saw this young elk calf on a hill above Mammoth Hotel. He was with about 3 other young elk and an equal number of mature females. He just posed for a couple of minutes for us so we could get a good picture.
The near Lava Creek we saw this bull elk with such magnificent velvet. Probably in July, he will start rubbing his antlers agains trees and bushes to remove the velvet and will continue until he has the antlers beneath the velvet highly polished. The elk look extremely healthy from their shiny coats and look very well fed. It has been a beautiful spring in the Park with lots of grasses and shrubs. This amazing bull elk seems like a friend as we see him nearly every time we go to the Park.
Near Pebble Creek we saw this cinnamon black bear. He certainly wasn’t very concerned about the people watching him and just continued eating and then went behind one of the willow bushes to take a nap.
We saw several other bears – both black and grizzlies – but with tourist season moving into full force places to stop without blocking the road are limited. We tend to drive on unless there are ample parking spots as most people only have one chance to see the wonderful wildlife we see routinely.