Don't get out of your car to get close to wildlife near a road, the park rangers tell you at Yellowstone Park where this was taken. Still, people do it all the time. The buffalo looks calm and peacefule moving across the road, but apparently they can get riled easily. If they do get riled, they can put up such a tantrum that a car can be the loser.
A little giraffe ballet anyone? These giraffes were just checking me out -- trying to guess if I was going to feed them or something. I was standing about eight feet back from the fence at Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, LA. Nonetheless, the attendant wandered over and suggested that giraffes have a longer reach than that, should they decide to lean across. I had no problem moving back. --steve buser
I love these lovely crystalline structures that grow in the pools of geysers at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Unless I am mistaken, that is a quarter that someone dropped (hopefully accidentally) on the "flower" -- it gives a sense of the dimension.