Jermaine Kelly
 
 
 
 
 
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Yellowstone Park’s Winter Wonderland

In winter, Yellowstone National Park morphs into a picturesque wonderland, complete with snowy woods, ice pellets of geyser rain, frozen waterfalls, and abundant animals. Although the bears hibernate, bison, elk, mule deer, moose, wolves, and coyotes roam the park. In summer the creatures spread out to graze grassy mountainsides, munch leaves in the woods, or hunt for prey in the hills. But in winter the animals mass in the lower elevations.

 
 
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Eerie Silence

It was eerily silent at times, the silence that emanates from an open expanse of white padding and although on this trip we didn’t see any wolves, we could hear their howls bouncing of the white padded walls that were the snow covered mountain peaks, all around!

Although the bears hibernate, bison, elk, mule deer, moose, wolves, and coyotes roam the park.

 
 
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Big Wildlife

I have a massive fascination with BIG wildlife and Bison are no exception, they are HUGE - I was able to lift the skull of an adult male bison when we visited the museum in the park and it was HEAVY! Then with what seems to be a common theme of mine, when you’re sat on the ground and slightly to the side (this time knee deep in a snow drift), watching a herd of these magnificent beasts saunter towards and then past you - it’s a euphoric feeling!

 
 
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In Action…

In my typical ‘let the wildlife come to me’ position! Although I did get to play a little hide and seek with one ‘curious’ bison… "Stay still" they said, "...don't make any sudden movements." ...was the very serious advice given to me when a large bison decided to actively notice my presence within Yellowstone National Park... At over 500kg of bovine muscular mass, it was advice that I immediately took on board!

 
 
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