Yellowstone in Winter 2011

Yellowstone in Winter 2011

Yellowstone this winter was very beautiful and very cold, more normal than last year, when snow packs were low and temperatures hovered in the 20’s and 30’s F (-7 to -1 C)  The early morning low was -30 F (-34 C). Even so, remembering when the world was young, winter daytime highs in Yellowstone used to be -34C.  In those days, accommodations were spartan and the food was inedible.  Now it’s much more civilized with many more winter visitors.  The food is great and the rooms warm and comfortable.  So what’s to complain about?

our castles are a little different

Is this a nose?

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19 Responses to Yellowstone in Winter 2011

  1. Monica says:

    Dear Androgoth, Just returning to find your lovely comment. Thank you, my friend, for visiting. I’ll be catching up again soon.

  2. andro51 says:

    I just called by to have another look at these
    wickedly fine photographs and to browse your
    poetry too… Have a lovely rest of day Monica

    Androgoth XXx

  3. Monica says:

    Thank you, Androgoth. I’ll be off now to visit your site!

  4. Monica says:

    And don’t forget the RV’s in the summer! Nice to visit in the off seasons.

  5. Monica says:

    Thank you, Marjie. It truly is.

  6. Monica says:

    Dear Laz, Thank you so much – the Earth’s nose, indeed!

  7. Monica says:

    Dear Kenny, Thank you for such a lovely wish.

  8. andro51 says:

    A very nice addition to your blogging Monica,
    I rather like your photographs too as they so
    definitely enhance the whole experience…

    Androgoth XXx

  9. kenny2dogs says:

    Yes y/stone truly is a wild winter wonderland and to think all that snow is just little pieces of cloud, that have fallen to the ground one by one.

    deep peace to you my dear Monica.

  10. Great pics and certainly gave me an insight into a wintry Yellowstone park , my ideas of Yellowstone was that it was always green and rugged with lots of Yogi bear inhabitants and mountain men.
    Thanks for sharing those pics Monica.
    Ian aka Emu

  11. Monica says:

    Oh – and bear tree stumps, too.

  12. Monica says:

    Yes, an Old English Sheepdog – maybe drooling just a little. The touristed areas have boardwalks, and the rangers love to tell you what will happen to you if you step off. Other places, you’re supposed to exercise common sense. That cuts a wide swath, of course.

  13. Monica says:

    It does look like a painting, Bluebee. The geysers and hot springs vary, I think, but can get up to boiling. It’s a no-no to get near them, but the animals do.

  14. penpusherpen says:

    HI Monica, such an awesome ‘window’ into the world of Yellowstone. From the Castle Geyser..(I notice they can only guess as to when it’ll blow. ‘May erupt between’ Are you allowed near it?) IT looks massive…and the Mammoth Geyser Basin, looks like it could be a nose, and imagination took over and I pictured an Old English Sheepdog, with it’s eyes covered over in Dark Creamy Fur..!! Much more friendly than a Mammoth would be I guess? 😉 Thank you for sharing your holiday experience with such lovely descriptive words and photo’s.
    Yellowstone looks wild, and untamed…as it should…. with no sign of man…Um…except the sign that is!! 😀 xPenx

  15. bluebee says:

    Wow, what a wonderful place, Monica. The ‘nose’ pic looks like Japanese silk art. How hot are those geysers? bb

  16. Monica says:

    It really looks like it, Sandy, but I don’t think so. You would be amazed at all the coyote and wolf bushes and buffalo rocks I see.

  17. sandy says:

    I feel good knowing that we have places like this on earth.
    Is that an animal in the snow at the back of the last photo?

  18. What lovely photographs Monica, it looks a fantastic place. xx

  19. lazfreedman says:

    Thank you, Monica
    I really love all the photos!
    From snow covered evergreen’s , to grazing Buffalo and icy rivers…and the Earths nose!
    All the Best, 🙂

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