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  • Summer vacation in Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. One gorgeous evening, Suzanne and I took a sunset drive to look for wildlife along the Yellowstone River. Against my instincts, I agreed to stop the car when Suzanne insisted that we pull over at an overlook parking lot that was overflowing with cars and people. A crowd this big must be viewing a grizzly, a herd of elk, a moose and her baby … something spectacular!

    Nope, nothing in view yet. But we learned that on recent nights around this time, a wolf pack had appeared at this spot. Knowledgeable members of the crowd, plus folks like us who stopped to swell the crowd because surely this many people must be on to something, waited patiently for the pack’s appearance as the sun set.

    Not believing that this mass of tourists possessed any special insight, I used some of my time looking for other photo opportunities. Part of the crowd was on the other side of the road, on top of a small hill, looking for wildlife or taking in a stunning summer sunset.

    Of the photos I took on this trip, I like this one the best. It’s a gaggle of social animals, exhibiting herd behavior.

    The wolves probably dropped by after the last car had left, when the human herd had headed back to camp.
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