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Is There Any Better Time to Visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton Than Fall?

Fall is one of my favorite times to head to Grand Teton and Yellowstone. The aspen glades are igniting in gold, maples add a splash of rouge, the conifers a dense green background, and the sky overhead often is clear and blue. Animals are on the move as well, with the elk moving into their rut, bison heading to river bottoms, bears foraging to bulk up, and wolves following the bison and elk.

Are Yellowstone's Geysers At Risk From BLM's Leasing Proposals?

The geothermal features in Yellowstone National Park were largely responsible for its designation as the world's first national park in 1872. These features are a global treasure. Nowhere else in the world can you find the array or number of geysers, hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles found in Yellowstone. More than 75 percent of the world's geysers, including the world's largest are in Yellowstone’s seven major basins.

Y2Y On Display in Seattle

Seattle-area residents who've heard about the Yellowstone to Yukon initiative but want to learn more have a golden opportunity from now through the end of the year. A collection of Florian Schulz's photographs that captures the heart and soul of Y2K are on display at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle.

Evening Light on Old Faithful

Old Faithful with Late Evening Light; Lynn Wood Photographer

I was awed by this photo for a couple reasons. 1) It's a shot of the Old Faithful Geyser taken in landscape mode (instead of the tall portrait mode), and 2) the incredible side-light hitting the tower of water with the dark clouds providing a purple contrast in the background. Stunning. I've communicated with Lynn, the photographer, and here is what she had to add about the shot.

The photo was taken July 21, 2005 during a family vacation at Yellowstone National Park. The time was 8:05pm.

Lynn Wood

Fishing Restrictions Going Into Place in Yellowstone

This hot and dry summer is taking a toll on fisheries around the West, and in Yellowstone things are getting so dire that officials are implementing restrictions on when you can fish the park's streams. Beginning tomorrow, July 21, a number of streams will be closed to fishing between 2 p.m. and 5 a.m. for the foreseeable future.
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