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Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

Whoever thought prairie dogs were this big? Or are the Park rangers confused? Or have the bison nominated themselves as guardians of the prairie dogs’ diet?

The juxtaposition of the sign with the bison was worthy of a photograph. What I didn’t realize until I downloaded the photo was that a prairie dog was in the picture as well.

Can you see him?

Who is the extra? The prairie dog or the bison?

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Bison (and one prairie dog) at Teddy Roosevelt National Park

To see other Extra, Extra Photo Challenges or to take part click the big W below:

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The Most Wondrous Place on Earth, Part 2

Geysers, dazzling colors, wildlife – the wonder of Yellowstone National Park:

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Ranger Jim explaining the results of Old Faithful's colonoscopy. The blockage above his thumb is where the pressure builds up before each eruption.
Ranger Jim explaining the results of Old Faithful’s colonoscopy. The blockage above his thumb is where the pressure builds up before each eruption.
Lion Geyser
Lion Geyser

The Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone is a feast of colors:

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Bison in a steam bath.
Bison in a steam bath.
The link at the top of the page is not to the National Park Service as I would prefer. The NPS websites are not operating during the government shutdown.

Poems for Boys (and Girls) Don’t Make Eye Contact!

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So . . . we were sitting in the car at Teddy Roosevelt National Park watching the big guy scratch his back while creating a huge dust cloud (him, not us), when he decided he didn’t like having an audience for his ablutions. He stood up, looked at us (or possibly that offensive and nosy Chevy Tahoe), put his head down and started to grunt HUUNH, HUUUNH, HUUUUNH, HUUUUUNH, HUUUUUUNH! Each grunt increasing in volume so we sped off in our own cloud of dust. We didn’t wait to see if he would take the trouble to charge after us.

The bison pictured below is an entirely different fellow. The poem is slightly misleading. He took no interest in us what-so-ever. I still had visions of the grunter above.

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The Most Wondrous Place on Earth, Part 1

Disney may claim their Magic Kingdom is “the happiest place on earth” and that may be true for a child but the most wonderful place I have encountered, so far, is Yellowstone National Park. There is so much more to be in awe of than Old Faithful and Yogi Bear.

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Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
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Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
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Mammoth Hot Springs, Upper Terrace, Yellowstone National Park
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Mammoth Hot Springs, Upper Terrace, Yellowstone National Park
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Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
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Mammoth Hot Springs, Lower Terrace, Yellowstone National Park
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Mammoth Hot Springs, Lower Terrace, Yellowstone National Park
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Mammoth Hot Springs, Lower Terrace, Yellowstone National Park
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Mammoth Hot Springs, Lower Terrace, Yellowstone National Park
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“Are you looking at me? I’ve got my eye on you!” He was a big guy, probably at the upper weight range of 2,200 pounds, so this photo of a bison was taken from across the road, within two seconds of the truck!

More to come: geysers, dazzling colors and improbable landscapes!

Disappointingly, the link at the top of the page is not to the National Park Service as I would prefer. The NPS websites are not operating during the government shutdown. We were lucky to visit when we did as the National Parks are closed as well.

Much more devastating are the many government employees on furlough without pay through no fault of their own while the so-called “decision makers” called politicians cannot make a decision. Is this what we pay them to do?

Can You See Him? Can You See Him Now?

I took this photo because it seemed either the park ranger must have been very short-sighted or the bison had a sense of humor. Only when I downloaded the photo did I see the prairie dog. Can you see him?

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Look again. There is a little bitty head sticking up out of the mound beneath the bison on the left of the above photos. This is what he looks like:

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He obviously didn’t read the sign below and keep his distance!

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