Yellowstone National Park a Family story

June 14, 2019  •  1 Comment

2019 Yellowstone Pronghornmp4 Len and I just returned from a ‘’photo safari’’ of  Yellowstone.  He hadn’t been to the park in ages and I was hoping to capture some animal pictures.   Oh my, the area was hopping with new babies, hungry and curious critters and the magnificent geysers the Park is known for.  The scenery was breath taking but the animals were a bit more elusive and while abundant, didn't always cooperate for that perfect picture opportunity. While  I didn’t get all of the pictures I wanted, the experience and thrill of watching a Mama Grizzly with her cubs or a wolf lurking in the shadows more than made up for it.  Some times its more than ok just to have the experience and not worry about the camera.     We all know that with every great picture or memorable one there is a story that goes with it.  This scene I am going to describe was absolutely hands down my favorite.   It was not taken in the Lamar Valley or actually inside the park. The scene happened right  in a field right before the Gardener entrance into Yellowstone where a small herd of Pronghorn had been hovering.  Upon closer inspection, there was a mother with her two newborn fawns who alternated hiding in the grass to bouncing on wobbly legs after Mama.  Mom headed off in one direction and only one fawn followed her.  The smaller settled into the grass and then bounced up seemingly confused.  From the background Papa appeared.  We held our breath wondering what would happen.  What we witnessed next was nothing short of parental love or preservation of the species):  Dad was clearly manuvering the fawn were he needed to be and the curious little youngster showed no fear.  At one point the stag was actually standing over the fawn in a protective mode.     Then he reached his nose out and  butted baby a bit to get him moving more towards the direction Mama was crying for him.   The ending of the story was a reunited Mother with her two fawns. This is what made the trip special.  It wasn’t the chance of a great picture, it was the opportunity to watch Nature in motion and realize how the family/herd bond works. Not so very much different from our own):  Enjoy the slide show.

 


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B.Cathey(non-registered)
Amazing.Enjoyed enormously.Thank you for sharing
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