06 Dec 13. If you enter Yellowstone National Park from the east, you actually have two choices. One brings you in at the center of the park and is known as the East Entrance, the other at the top of the eastern side of the park and is known as the Northeast Entrance. Taking the northern option brings you into the Lamar Valley, the home of the Pronghorn Antelope, the Gray Wolves, the majority of the Grizzly Bears, and smaller herds of North American Bison. I've seen the antelopes and bison up close, and the wolves and bears at GREAT distances. As I've mentioned prior, the Lamar Valley is one of my three favorite parts of the park! For the most part it is a valley of rolling plains and small rivers, and in the autumn, spectacularly beautiful if for no other reason than the Quaking Aspen. But there is much more than that. The shot for today was taken at almost 6 p.m., on a day that had been suggesting rain was not far off. Just beyond this location were two small herds of bison, but I wanted to start the Lamar Valley images with something simple that had no distractions to illustrate just how beautiful this plains area is even without the aspens. Once you've taken a good gander of what is there, try to imagine it with a stand of absolute golden trees shimmering in the evening breezes. If ever you have the opportunity to see such, you'll make another trip or two to see it again! And then, with a few critters to add to the view, you'll likely be hooked for life. Niko D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/160 sec @ f / 6.3.