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Yellowstone National Park, Best Bison Jam Ever

post #1 of 14
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I have been doing Yellowstone Tours this summer.  Here is some footage of my idea of a traffic jam.  Much better than most gridlock.  If you aren't going to be moving it might as well be cool.

 

post #2 of 14

That's amazing!  When we were there a couple of years ago it seemed as if all they did was lie around.  With the music in the background I felt like I should be watching it with a cocktail in my hand.

post #3 of 14

TPJ. Are you guiding road trips there?  Great vid.

 

The bison there are so amazing, and the tourists even more so.  It really is a unique experience to have a heard walk by you.  Do they do much damage to property and vehicles?

 

One of the last times we were there by Yellowstone lake some Dad told his kids to, 'go stand by that big bull for a picture'.  It was the beginning of the rut, and just not a real swift idea.  Talked to the Dad and convinced him there were better pics available. 

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I don't know of any specific examples of bison damaging cars, although they could if they wanted to.  An adult bull can exceed 2,000 lbs.  I see people doing stupid thing with wild animals all the time.  I even have some footage and may put a clip together one of these days.  I am guiding driving tours this summer.  It's a really great job.

post #5 of 14

Great video. I have been bison jams and can appreciate what you did. Looks like Hayden Valley. Got some great river otter shots at the top end of the valley last winter. We get to Yellowstone at least twice a year, in the Spring and in the Winter. Great photo ops in the snow!! Snowcoach tours are really great. You are going slow enough to really see things.

 

Rick H

post #6 of 14

That is cool!

 

I liked the sound track in the background, what is that, bossa nova?

post #7 of 14
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That's actually Gilberto & Getz coming from my i-phone.  The sound track is ambient, ie it is actually what we were listening to as we inched our way through the Hayden Valley.  That particular bison jam took about 2 hours to go about 15 miles.  It's still not a bad way to spend 2 hours as long as you can relax and go with it.

post #8 of 14

2 hours?? Now that's a long jam, even for the summertime in Yellowstone. Were Rangers involoved? Seems that when they get involved, the jams get longer.

 

A few years ago we were driving over Blacktail Plateau (A 6 mile dirt road off the Mammoth-Roosevelt Road, that closes when it rains) and we were near the end and we could look down at the switchback and see a few cars stopping. They would stop and go on after a few minutes. we got to the place and the was a blackbear in a berry tree, 10 feet off the road ( I am not kidding, 10 feet!) gorging it's self with berries. It could care less that we were there. We took about 30 shots each and moved on and let the next car move in. It was an experience of a lifetime! And no ranger!

 

Rick H

post #9 of 14

Life sure can be grand. Supremely delightful TR TPJ. Thanks for posting.

post #10 of 14
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Only been in 3 bison jams that were 2 hours in a whole summer of guiding.  The traffic hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be.  I have lot's of video footage of bears, bison, elk, and all kinds of other animals and other natural wonders that can be seen from the car or with a minimal walk from the road.  It really is quite amazing.  It's even more amazing how close people will get to wild animals.  Even people with huge telephoto lenses are so close I wonder how they could even frame the shot!  The Rangers do the best they can.  What a brutal thankless job managing traffic and stupid people and maintaining a nice polite front.  I just got a nice 14MP camera and should have some nice high quality stills built up soon.
 

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2 hours?? Now that's a long jam, even for the summertime in Yellowstone. Were Rangers involoved? Seems that when they get involved, the jams get longer.

 

A few years ago we were driving over Blacktail Plateau (A 6 mile dirt road off the Mammoth-Roosevelt Road, that closes when it rains) and we were near the end and we could look down at the switchback and see a few cars stopping. They would stop and go on after a few minutes. we got to the place and the was a blackbear in a berry tree, 10 feet off the road ( I am not kidding, 10 feet!) gorging it's self with berries. It could care less that we were there. We took about 30 shots each and moved on and let the next car move in. It was an experience of a lifetime! And no ranger!

 

Rick H

post #11 of 14

Yellowstone is sort of surreal. Its probably my least favourite national park. The vibe is disney world meets the board walk.  People are there to drive through and rubber neck. No one gets out of the car. Seriously the C&O canal is more of an authentic outdoors experience

post #12 of 14

TPJ,

 

I just got a Canon 7D in late June, from f11 in Bozeman. A good store with good prices, and it is close to the Park. Lazy me, I haven't downloaded my last trip yet. A whole lot of stuff going on this summer. We will be going to YNP the last week of September. Probably stay in West.

 

Rick H

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I got the Canon SX210 is.  It's a small 14MP camera with a 14x optical zoom.  I thought I wanted a digital SLR, but one of my pro photographer friends turned me onto this camera.  So far I'm really happy with it.  It cost me $300 as opposed to maybe $3,000 for a body and a few lenses.  Plus it can always be in my pocket ready to go as opposed to being bulky.  I have found it a bit weak for shooting something that moves quickly.  I have a hard time getting the subject framed in the LCD, where the SLR seems much quicker and easier for action shots.

 

September is IMO one of the best times to visit JH and Yellowstone.  The fall foliage is in and the animals are coming down from the high country and are active and easy to find.  Many of them are in the rut and putting on a great display.  The elk bugle every evening.  The nights are pretty frosty, but the days are nice.  Even the fish are trying to bulk up before winter and the dry fly action is hot.  Best of all the crowds are small and there are deals to be had.  I like to joke about the groups you run into....  Newly weds, Never breds, and Nearly deads.  Of course my absolute favorite time of all is winter because I get to ski.
 

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TPJ,

 

I just got a Canon 7D in late June, from f11 in Bozeman. A good store with good prices, and it is close to the Park. Lazy me, I haven't downloaded my last trip yet. A whole lot of stuff going on this summer. We will be going to YNP the last week of September. Probably stay in West.

 

Rick H

post #14 of 14

While skiing Big Sky a few years ago there was all kinds of wild life either on the road or just off to the side as we drove around the area. Bison blocking the road, moose running across the road, large herds of elk off to the side, mountain goats, we even saw wolves. It was pretty cool & something I'll never forget. Anyone who tells you that you don't need a car when at Big Sky will be making a mistake because you'll miss out on all this. Oh & the skiing there is great too.

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