Zest Lit Issue 2, October 2013 - Page 98

SNOW TRACKS: WINTER IN THE NORTHERN ROCKIES | Prose by Barbara Lee, Photography by John Costello

That creatures can survive the brutal winter in Yellowstone National Park seems almost impossible. And yet, some species have evolved with the ability to live, and even thrive, during long periods of subzero cold, deep snow, and scant food. Snow tracks show us the movements of these animals during the diamond dust season, when ice crystals glitter on the crusty surface and line each print and mark.

By Barbara Lee

Photos: John A. Costello Prose: Barbara Lee Location: Yellowstone National Park

Photo #1: Grizzly tracks. Probably a large, solitary male that is occasionally awake and active during winter hibernation