(Editors note: When we heard Gaynor Henry was heading to Yellowstone National Park last month, we asked if she’d share her photos with us. As this story, and her later visit to Montana’s Big Sky Country show, she has an artistic eye for taking wonderful outdoor photos, often finding beauty in unexpected places. Originally from the United Kingdom, she lives in North Dakota with her husband John. “When I have a camera in my hand,” says Gaynor, “everything stops. I don’t notice a bad knee, freezing cold weather, mosquitoes, worry about the problems of the world or anything else.” Yellowstone in February? Take it away, Gaynor!)

When people think of Yellowstone National Park they think of sweeping views, majestic mountains and probably, Old Faithful.

It has all that and is incredibly beautiful, but for us it’s all about the wildlife.

In particular bison, there is something amazing about such massive animals that can move so quickly and so nimbly.

We recently visited Yellowstone and here is a glimpse of Yellowstone in winter.

Yellowstone National Park

Just one of the views across the park from the road between Gardiner, Montana and Mammoth which is in the park itself…

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Yellowstone National Park (Photo by Gaynor Henry)

The bison are everywhere, all sizes and all ages. They hold up traffic, are unafraid of vehicles, snow-plows included – and roam wherever they choose inside and outside the park.

The Gardiner school football field was hosting a few dozen bison when we were there, although this one was safe within the parks confines.

Although they were beside our vehicle and close enough to touch, it is recommended you stay 25 yards or more from them; every year people are gored because they get too close.

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Yellowstone Park Bison (Photo by Gaynor Henry)

Old Faithful and Gibbon Falls

No trip to Yellowstone would be complete without seeing Old Faithful, which erupts every 90 minutes give or take 10 minutes.

It isn’t the tallest of Yellowstone’s geysers, but it’s accessibility and regularity certainly make it a favourite.

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Yellowstone’s Old Faithful (Photo by Gaynor Henry)

Gibbon Falls on the Gibbon River in Yellowstone, runs year round and although not especially high is rather pretty and easily accessible.

Some of Yellowstone’s falls can only be seen by hiking into the back country – not for the faint of heart especially in winter.

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Gibbon Falls (Photo by Gaynor Henry)

Home to Wildlife

The lone coyote was unfazed by the snow-coaches full of people who stopped to take his picture.

He looks quite large but is around 30 lbs. Wolves in Yellowstone are much larger, the largest tranquilized and weighed was an astonishing 147 lbs.

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Yellowstone Park Coyote (Photo by Gaynor Henry)

In the Lamar Valley, home to much of Yellowstone’s wildlife including wolves, which we did not see, the winds created fantastic and eerie landscapes.

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Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley (Photo by Gaynor Henry)

Trumpeter swans, or in this case a cygnet, migrate from Canada and winter to the warmer waters of the Firehole River in Yellowstone.

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Cygnet in the Firehole River (Photo: Gaynor Henry)

Yellowstone Higher Up

Barronette Peak rises to 10,404 feet in the North East section of the Park. The extreme winds blowing the freshly-fallen snow made it even more imposing than it is.

Yellowstone National Park, Barronette Peak, winter

Yellowstone’s Barronette Peak (Photo: Gaynor Henry)

Abiathar Peak rises 10,928 feet across from Barronette Peak and is part of the Absaroka Range.

The contrast between mountain, sky and snow is fantastic and again, the winds blowing snow add a different dimension to the picture.

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Yellowstone’s Abiathar Peak (Photo: Gaynor Henry)

One animal that likes altitude is the bighorn sheep, like this one photographed in the Lamar Valley foraging for vegetation on the side of the road. Yellowstone has approximately 200 of them.

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Yellowstone Bighorn Sheep (Photo: Gaynor Henry)

Elk Everywhere

I had mistakenly thought that these reddish shrubs were dogwoods. In fact they are a type of willow, we were told, and elk love to munch on them.

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Epilobium (Willowherb) (Photo: Gaynor Henry)

Elk are everywhere in Yellowstone and Gardiner. They lounge beside the airstrip, meander through hotel grounds, munch away in people’s yards and gaze at you from the roadside.

By now they are impervious to the presence of humans and vehicles and stretch out wherever they please.

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Yellowstone Elk (Photo: Gaynor Henry)

Springs and Sulphur

The only thing you can’t sense from the pictures is the smell of sulphur or rotten eggs — it’s really strong.

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Sulphurous Terrain (Photo: Gaynor Henry)

Mammoth Hot Springs does not have the spectacular effects of the geysers but we found it incredibly and ethereally beautiful. The heat and acidity from the springs kill off much of the vegetation and create weird and wonderful landscapes wreathed in steam.

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Mammoth Hot Springs (Photo: Gaynor Henry)

(To see more outdoor photos by Gaynor and others, check out our Bombay Outdoors Facebook page. And if you have an outdoor photo you’re proud of, don’t hesitate to post it on our page. We’d love it!)