We are calling this the Group of the Wolf, this fourth group to join us in Yellowstone in early 2013. But, it could, legitimately also be called the Group of the Falling Snow. Or perhaps the Group of the Portraits, as it seemed like many animals simply posed for this group.
But let’s talk first of the wolves…
We crossed paths with the Canyon Pack all week long. First, it was only tracks in the fresh snow along our way. Then, we caught up with the pack – six of them – as they romped across a meadow.
Later we were serenaded with the soul-gripping songs of the pack, which sent shivers up our spines. More importantly, it sent an advance warning to the elk munching in and along the Madison River that the pack would be dining that night!
The next morning, all that was left of a yearling elk were some stains in the snow, a pile of hide and fur, and some scraps for the coyotes, ravens, eagles, and magpies.
A mouth full of fur might fill the stomach, but it’s not the ideal meal!
One resourceful coyote snuck away with one of the elk’s legs (not much meat there) and carefully buried it under a log in the snow.
Lest one think this group, this set of outings, was all about wolves and coyotes, we must mention that the light was perfect all week for bison portraits!
And group shots!
And that the swans (many had moved on by this time) took particular pleasure swimming through the reflected sun sparkles for our lenses!
The waterfalls were fantastic! The eagles soared. And the thermal features yielded magic designs and amazing sounds!
What a way, what group, to wrap up our month in Yellowstone’s Winter Wonderland!
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