Janet Jones is an amateur naturalist living in Cody, Wyoming.

Be Outside • Take Notes

Welcome! I’m Janet Jones, a writer/photographer/blogger with a background in teaching. I love to explore the world around me and keep field journals.  Much of this website is an extension of my field journals and hopefully an invitation for you to explore the world around you as well as Yellowstone.



From the changes in the seasons (Phenology) to the changes in the thermal features, and to travel tips to make your trip to Yellowstone easier…take a look!

Yellowstone Travel
Yellowstone 101

Get to know the Geysers

Follow the Seasons

The Greater Yellowstone Area

With so much to explore, Yellowstone is so vast that one lifetime is not enough to “see it all.”

Yellowstone Communities (5 gateway and 1 in yellowstone)

Seasons (2 commercial seasons)

Thermal Features (a conservative estmiate)

 Recent Posts

I write about front country geysers and hot springs, share my photography and observe the changing seasons. I also share some travel tips for Yellowstone from a local’s viewpoint.

Around Here Mid Sept 2020

Around Here Mid Sept 2020

This week I house sat at a friend's house. One morning while sitting on the patio sipping my tea, I could hear Sandhill Cranes in the distance - they are gathering in preparation to migrate. On Saturday, I watched a mule deer buck rubbing his antlers on a tree branch...

Photography Play at an unusual Grand eruption

Photography Play at an unusual Grand eruption

This last weekend I headed into the park for a couple of days. I often don't spend the night, but this time, I just wanted time to catch up on the thermal features. While that was wonderful, I now have a heap of notes to type up and photos to process (which is also...

Around Here Late August 2020

Around Here Late August 2020

I've been relatively quiet online for the past couple of weeks. However, I've been crazy busy - in a good way - time for an update of what's happening around here. VISIT OUR SPONSORS Around here, there's big news coming about a new way to buy my...

SnowMoon Photography

Janet's Books

I’ve written two editions of a guide book to West Thumb Geyser Basin. Another book is in the works that’s more general about the thermal features in Yellowstone slated for publication in late 2020/early 2021.


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