19 May 14. Back from 8 days of travel covering 2,300 miles and visiting multiple sites in the process of traveling to and from West Yellowstone shooting over 4,000 frames. In the process we saw over 2,000 bison, more than 300 elk, 4 moose, 40+ big horn sheep, 20+ deer, plus 8 black bear (all on one day) and one grizzly yearling. Note that the bear sightings on this trip exceeded all the previous trips since 1977 combined. Spring seems to be an easier time for seeing bears than does the fall. Not bad for having actually been in Yellowstone less than 3 full days. All in all a very good trip if a bit hurried. Weather ranged from a low of 22°F to a high of 82°F and we incurred some rain, a nice amount of snow, LOTS of sunshine, and high winds on our last day of driving home. We couldn't have asked for a much better set of conditions save for the winds. Our first stop on day one was to visit the museum at Ginkgo Petrified Forest in Vantage, WA. It was closed so we just wandered around the grounds for a short while while I shot some of the petrified materials and took some additional shots of the rock painting I shared last year. Lighting was different so they had a different look. This time around I took a few more images of the petrified logs and decided I'd start the series of images with a shot of a rather lovely log that stands at one end of the museum. This chunk of rock stands over 4 feet in height and while not the largest chunk on display, it is the tallest in an upright position all the other large pieces lying horizontally on the ground. But while not the tallest/longest piece on display, it is the thickest and I'd estimate its diameter a something greater than 36 inches. It is as beautiful as it is impressive and is very nicely displayed. About a mile distant from the museum is the park proper with a self guided walking tour that we started to walk last year but didn't finish due to both a time constraint and it being quite warm. However, it is probably worth walking on a cooler day. This image is a crop of the original, has had a contrast adjustment made to adjust for some rather flat lighting conditions at the time I photographed it, and I've added a small amount of micro contrast to the rock itself to help display the textures that the camera didn't capture as precisely as I had wished. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority;ISO 200; 1/400 sec @ f /11.