Category Archives: 2023 US Yellowstone Trip

Dave Cox in 4 Corners area on May 4, 2023, on way to Yellowstone

Hello.  With the Covid threat marginalized, and being mostly recovered from retinal detachment surgery and hip replacement surgery within the last year, I am doubling down on traveling the road again.  Currently roaming in the 4 corners area, I gradually am headed by car to Yellowstone, where I have reserved at least 17 days of lodging on all sides of the Park.  I expect to be traveling for about 2 months in the northwest photographing birds and, hopefully, wolves and big bears through June, but am flexible.  On return I expect to then spend the month of August in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico for the Covid interrupted Chamber Music Festival.  Immediately on return from Mexico I have acquired round trip flights to Spain to roam around for 3 months – returning end of November. So – pretty much again on the road for next 7 months.

This trip I have spent time in Prescott photographing birds in the Watson Woods and Lake area, then on to Chinle and the Canyon de Chelly Nat. Monument on the Navajo Reservation.  I had hoped to hire a guide to travel to the end of Canyon del Muerto to photograph Anasazi cliff ruins from below -unfortunately 30-year record snow recently fell in the Chuska Mountains on the northern border of Arizona and New Mexico, followed by a warm spell, resulting in the normally tiny Chinle Wash turning into a raging river down through the canyons. Chinle homes along the wash were destroyed and both canyons were shut to all entry for the last 9 days. My photos of the canyons all are from overlooks.

I have included a few photos which may be viewed as a slide show, including my first sightings of the gorgeous Wood Duck, and a Summer Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Woodhall’s Scrub Jay with a lizard (worked hard to dispatch the lizard) and a colorful Western Bluebird and Spotted Towhee.  Also overview shots of the canyons and Anasazi cliff dwellings in the Monument.

Later, Dave