These pictures were taken in January 2010 in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone was the first national park in the world, and is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park. It has many types of ecosystems, but the subalpine forest is dominant. These images capture many of the most popular aspects of the park in winter – a special time that brings visitors into a pristine setting mostly devoid of other people.
In the narrative I have tried to add some boring facts about the park just in case you had sense of curiosity about what the context was of what you were viewing. Here are a few for starters: There is a variety of wildlife consisting of large predators (wolf, grizzly bears and mountain lions) and large herbivores (bison, moose, dear and prong horned antelope). As well as these large mammals there are many smaller ones ranging from mice to badgers and otters. Eagles, hawks, water fowl, game birds and song birds also populate the park.
The Park spans an area of 3,468 square miles the largest in the US. The park contains Yellowstone Caldera, the largest super volcano on the continent. The caldera is considered an active volcano; it has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years and will erupt in the future.. Half of the world's geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining, nearly intact ecosystem in the Earth's northern temperate zone.
Pictures were taken with a Cannon Rebel xsi using a Cannon 100-400mm zoom l type lens or a Tamron 18-270 mm lens.