I just can’t get enough of the wolves that I photographed in Yellowstone. As I continue to review my images (I took almost 4000) I keep finding gems that I didn’t notice the first (or second or third) time through. The young wolves playing together were the most captivating to watch. Of course I took lots of them gnawing on the bison carcass but those aren’t nearly as appealing as those of the wolves just being, well, the big dogs that they are (gray wolves are Canis Lupus and domestic dogs are Canis Lupus Familiaris.
In the first hour of the first morning on my recent visit to Yellowstone National Park, we stopped to photograph this lone tree just off Highway 191 which is the main road that parallels the Madison River into the park. It was barely light with heavy overcast when we stopped about 8AM. There was banter about this being a potential Christmas card photograph. Since I haven’t sent any Christmas cards in more than 20 years, it is doubtful that this would ever become a Christmas card. Consider this a (very) early Christmas greeting.