Yellowstone: Family Fun

This is the last part of the Yellowstone trip log that I called “Family Fun”. I know my wife has a different opinion about family fun, as not every day we spent there was fun – being constantly afraid of bears (she had read too much about Grizzly attacks before we left), getting bitten by some weird flies/mosquitoes that would leave a really big bloody hole on the skin, sleeping and freezing at subzero temperatures at night and fasting on top of that, wasn’t very easy. But having lived in Colorado, where the weather could change several times a day, we quickly got used and adjusted to the new conditions. The only tough part was that our campsite didn’t have any hot water and driving for an hour to wash our dishes or to get a shower wasn’t very practical either. Nevertheless, despite all challenges and problems, we managed to survive and had a lot of fun!

I snapped this picture right before we crossed the border from Colorado to Wyoming:

Family Fun #1

NIKON D700 @ 35mm, ISO 200, 1/400, f/10.0

Omar had a blast!

Family Fun #2

NIKON D700 @ 44mm, ISO 200, 1/100, f/8.0

On our second day we went to this restaurant on the northern side of Yellowstone in Montana. It was a relatively short trip from Mammoth Hot Springs and we thought it would be a good idea to dine outside the park. We were all very hungry and Omar was already getting sick of waiting for the food:

Family Fun #3

NIKON D300 @ 26mm, ISO 800, 1/80, f/5.6

We kept Osman busy by giving him some crackers:

Family Fun #4

NIKON D300 @ 32mm, ISO 800, 1/50, f/4.0

Well, once the food arrived, we all got disappointed. I’m not particularly picky about food in general (although I must admit that my wife’s cooking has probably made me somewhat picky), however, this particular restaurant was really below average. It was not only expensive but also the food looked like it was pre-cooked, then later microwaved for serving. Kamola and I ordered salmon and Lola got a buffalo burger with fries + some soup for the kids. My salmon was not only tasteless, but it smelled so bad that I couldn’t eat more than a couple of bites. Compare that to the Baked Salmon Fillet! Seriously, when Lola writes her recipe book, I will send a free copy to this restaurant :) Here is a pic of the place:

Family Fun #5

NIKON D300 @ 24mm, ISO 800, 1/50, f/4.0

I liked this sign and snapped a picture of it before we left:

Family Fun #6

NIKON D300 @ 42mm, ISO 800, 1/40, f/4.0

Lola and Omar by the river:

Family Fun #7

NIKON D700 @ 55mm, ISO 400, 1/200, f/8.0

This is the best picture from our trip! I woke up a little earlier, then looked at my babies and saw that they were all sleeping the same way!

Family Fun #8

NIKON D700 @ 48mm, ISO 800, 1/125, f/10.0

The best restaurant in Yellowstone is located in Canyon Village. The first time we came to the restaurant, there was a 2 hour wait line. The second time we were a little luckier and only had to wait for an hour to get our food.

Family Fun #9

NIKON D700 @ 85mm, ISO 200, 1/60, f/2.0

Family Fun #10

NIKON D700 @ 85mm, ISO 800, 1/125, f/2.0

Family Fun #11

NIKON D700 @ 85mm, ISO 800, 1/125, f/2.0

Osman picked up my phone and said “hello” :)

Family Fun #12

NIKON D700 @ 85mm, ISO 800, 1/125, f/2.0


  1. 1) Smilik
    September 15, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Did you absolutely have to put that picture of three of us sleeping!? sharmanda!

  2. 2) bobur aka
    September 15, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Прочитал про то, как вы как бы боялись встретиться с медведями гризли. Скорее всего самые страшные гризли были это вы :)) Потому что ваш тур я бы назвал “Маша и медведи” (или “Маша, Медведь и два медвеженка”)

    Очень понравилась первая фотка. Единственно чуть “завалена” влево. А так эту фотку можно на обложку книги, рассказывающую Вайоминг-штат.

    Фотка “у края речки” тоже интересная и жизнерадостная. В лучших традициях семейного фото. Она как вино – чем больше пройдёт время, тем больше кайфа и слёз ностальгии она вам будет выдавать.

    Ну и конечно же там, где спят! Лучшего и не придумаешь!
    Я думаю еще много будет таких папарацци-фотографий. Единственно, надо подчеркнуть одну деталь, потому что она тоже немаловажна.
    По фотографии я понимаю, что Насим спал на том краю. Но это я знаю, потому что знаком с вашей семьёй. Было бы интересно, если бы Насим оставил отчетливую круглую вмятину своей головы на подушке там где спал. Тогда даже любой человек с улицы поймёт, что фотографировал Папа. Иначе фотография воспринимается, как трагедия матери-одиночки :((
    Пусть народ знает, где Папа семьи и что он в этот момент держал в руках. А это не менее интересно и даже больше превозносит картинку. Делает её весёлой.

  3. 3) Smilik
    September 15, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Боб, да, ты абсолютно прав :) Каждый раз когда мы едем куда-нибудь где много разной живности, я признаю, что страшнее “людей животных” там не бывает. Ты бы видел какие там везде объявления развешаны: Не подходить к животным, не кормить, держаться в 25 ярдах от буйволов, 100 ярдах от волков и медведей. Но, люди совсем не слушаются – хотят их потрогать, покормить и погладить. Некоторые суются к ним с маленькими детьми. Я была в шоке… А, потом убивают бедных животных за то, что они только защищают себя и свое чадо.

    Я конечно легонько зверей побаиваюсь. Даже не столь за себя, а за всю семью. Но, мы всегда уважаем личную среду каждого зверя. На то у нас и приспособления :)

    А на счет матери-одиночки, типун тебе на язык! :) Там отчетливо видно место Насима!! Дело в том, что когда наши дети спят с нами, они всегда оккупируют большую часть простора кровати. Вот и приходится довольствоваться тем, что есть.

  4. 4) bobur aka
    September 16, 2009 at 11:07 am

    – А на счет матери-одиночки, типун тебе на язык! :)
    – :)) Ну это из разряда чёрного юмора, “водий”ские мужики умеют шутить только по чёрному :D

  5. 5) ushade
    September 17, 2009 at 11:24 am

    paxmoqchaginam asal. uzini hapa qimiy kavshanib turibdi. komola qani rasmlada? haligi uxlab yotgan rasmlada rosa pishillab yotibsan shekilli :lol: tovba qildim tepagi commentdan keyin qarasa odam haqattan haligi refugee chechenkalani eslatadi. uzi bunaqa sovu commentlani yozmasli kerede.

  6. 6) Natasha
    June 10, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Photo of Omar with Blackberry just the best of the best!!!! Lolochka sorry but Nasim is so right to put that photo of three of you sleeping…it’s the cutest picture i’ve ever seen of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I so love your pictures and your work guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • June 16, 2010 at 11:45 pm

      Thank you Natasha :) How have you been?

      • 6.1.1) Natasha
        June 25, 2010 at 8:54 pm

        I’m doing well,thank you Nasim. I miss you guys incredibly,you and Lola are of those people who warm my heart when i just think of your family even from the farthest distance!! I’m so happy for you guys, you’re doing a wonderful job with those cutest kids, but most importantly by sharing your world of love for art and creativity with people like me.

        Thank you for the opportunity to be a tiny part of your beautiful world. I hope to see you guys some day again. God Bless!

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          June 30, 2010 at 12:03 am

          Natasha, thank you so much for your kind words! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

  7. 7) Bekhzod
    June 14, 2010 at 3:04 am

    Great photos! Especially #2, #7, #8 and of course #12! By the way, I would like to ask one question; Can you tell me what was the aperture, shutter speed and ISO for photo #12, if you remember?

    Thanks in advance!

    • June 16, 2010 at 11:51 pm

      Thank you Bekhzod! Here is the info from EXIF Data:
      ISO: 800
      Shutter Speed: 1/125
      Aperture: f/2.0

      The above information can be obtained from all of the images that we post on this blog – we preserve the EXIF Data for our viewers to learn from. If you want to find out how to read EXIF Data, see my “What is EXIF Data” article.

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