One of the greatest things about being my own boss is that I can have cause to make two vacation posts on my blog in a row. After being back home from my Yellowstone trip for a little over a week and spending that time working on some new creations, prepping to improve some of the older photos in my Etsy shop (which I hope to complete this week), and planning for Halloween and Christmas (I know, it’s early – but I promised myself it had to be done earlier this year!)… I was lucky enough to be able to leave for another vacation to California, where my husband spent two weeks road tripping, camping and hiking our way through Yosemite, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Below are some of my photos from our travels. My husband has also added a bunch more (even better!) photos to his Etsy photography print shop, Max Gorski Photography.
I also have two new spun cotton ornament designs to share – two kitties in fall friendly colors. The second one is the first of my Halloween 2011 designs – many more to follow!
This week I am back from vacation after a week spent backcountry hiking and wildlife watching in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. This was my 4th time visiting Yellowstone, and this time I was lucky enough to spot wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, bison (including a mother and newborn calf – just 2 hours old – right in front of Old Faithful), pronghorn, big horn sheep elk, mule deer, sage grouse, sandhill cranes, marmots, colonies of ground squirrels, eagles, and two nesting osprey. I also saw a moose in the aptly named town of Moose in Grand Teton on our final day.
It was definitely a great year to have my brand new spotting scope along with me! Through it I saw a wolf attempt to steal a bison calf from the herd, only to be chased away by an angry mob of mother bison; a grizzly bear sow with two cubs charge away a male who was stalking them… twice!… until he got the hint and left; and a large bison bull charge a black bear who decided that meant it was time to flee the area.
Below are some photos from my trip of the wildlife that was within range of my 300mm lens.
I just returned from my 2 week vacation in Poland and Slovakia and have been working on catching up on e-mails, orders, news, my blog reading list, and getting back into the swing of things. In the meantime, I have some photos from my trip to share…
Demänovská Ice Cave in Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia
Demänovská Cave of Liberty in Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia
View from atop the High Tatras in Zakopane, Poland
Raft tour along along the Dunajec River between Slovakia and Poland
I have been quiet for awhile because I recently got back from my annual vacation to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, which was amazing and inspiring. Now I just need to get back to working on new primitive dolls again. In the meantime, I have a few pictures of highlights from my trip to share. The photos were taken by my husband and I with our new Canon 30D and new super zoom & wide angle lenses.
A frolicking bison calf (who was having a bit of a snit because Mommy wasn’t ready to wake up just yet that morning to nurse him)
A yearling grizzly bear who was marauding around the Old Faithful Inn area
Part of a bison herd slowly migrating south
The gorgeous Emerald Spring in Norris Geyser Basin
The brilliantly colored Economic Geyser in the Upper Geyser Basin
A rare treat: Grand Geyser erupting
Coyote carrying a ground squirrel
An elusive North American Pronghorn in the sagebrush
Hiking trail along the rim of the 800-foot-deep Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mother black bear with two cubs
The nicest man let us use his 800mm+ lens to take some extreme closeups