Over the past week our time has been consumed with visiting Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone, and the Jackson Hole area.
A few things that I have learned so far:
1. I am not a wildlife photographer, however I have great respect for the patience they have and I now aspire to be one.
2. You cannot see all of Yellowstone in one day. You just can't. End of story.
3. Aspen trees typically grow in clusters that share a common underground root system. If one tree in the cluster becomes infected, the other trees in the cluster will also become infected. You can tell if an aspen cluster is infected from dark spots on their bark.
4. Forest fires are actually good for the forest. When forest fires are prevented, dead trees, branches and leaves build up on the ground and become a source of "fuel" waiting to be burned. Although forest fires are less likely to occur thanks to prevention efforts, they are much more devastating when they do happen because of all the built up "fuel".
5. Horses don't like Moose.
6. Ospreys, a bird of prey, catch fish from the river and rotate their claws so the fish is more aerodynamic during flight. We saw a ton of ospreys during the time we spent on the water and around town.
Below are a few highlights of our most recent journey
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK