03 Oct 16 . We're Baaaccckkk. 2347 miles, 5,400+ images, and 9 days traveling with a friend of 40 years. What more could one ask for? Well, to start with, better weather (only 6 days of good weather of which two were in Yellowstone), more animals (fewest I ever seen on a visit to the park although the most black bears I've ever seen in the park), and far less government. I mentioned when we returned from the spring trip that the newest individual in charge was being referred to as the Park Nazi by both the locals and many of the rangers! They weren't over stating things. In the spring we noticed several signs saying do not park along side the road, use only the pullouts. We assumed, due to where we saw the signs, that it had to do with providing additional protection for the baby bison and elk. How wrong we were. Now the signs extend over the greater part of the western side of the park and are supplemented by blockages of all the roadside parking. It is simply awful. In addition to the road blockages are new fines for such trivial things as having your trailer mirrors extended without your trailer behind you and a totally arbitrary one in which you can be cited any time a ranger "feels" you are too close to an animal. Additionally there are plans to LIMIT the number of folks who can visit annually and an increase in the $30 entry fee by $5 - $10. Our park is no longer our park!! In all fairness we met several, not all, rangers who seemed to be in complete sympathy with the visitors and who were working VERY hard to make the visit as wonderful as they possibly could. Upon our return I was given the latest issue of National Geographic which is all about Yellowstone. Having perused it for an hour or so I realized why I cancelled my subscription years ago. Any relationship to what we experienced in the park and that issue of NG will cover very few pages. If you haven't visited the park recently and might be considering a visit, may I encourage you to go as soon as possible!!
The base image was given a little dodging and burning and then I applied a filter to it - Topaz Impression 2 - to soften the blow of what has been done to our park. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO 500; 1/250 sec @ f / 8.