Yellowstone 2

Warm temperatures kept the wildlife hunkered down so we worked the other wonders of our nation’s first park beginning with sunrise on the Madison River…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR


Nikon D3S with AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 VR II

A trip to Old Faithful and my favorite pool always yields an image or two that I really like…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 VR II and TC-20E III

And as the last light of day dropped below the hills, we worked the reflections in the Yellowstone River…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-20E III

The week has flown by (it always does when your having such a great time with a wonderful group of enthusiastic photographers) and we have made some images that will reflect our memories of a beautiful location, great times and new good friends. We have one more day left. Stay tuned.

In Yellowstone

There are never a shortage of subjects to photograph in Yellowstone. From the coyote howling for it’s mate…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR

to the bison taking a dust bath…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II

There are countless beautiful waterfalls…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR

and geysers…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR

And the night sky is to die for…


Nikon AF-S 14-24mm 2.8

Yellowstone… Lamar Valley

Lamar Valley is rich with wildlife photographic possibilities. We enjoyed a Pronghorn buck chasing his harem around trying to keep them together. What a sight to see the fastest land animal in North America in action…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC 14E II

We stopped to photograph a lone bison with a beautiful fall color background…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC 14E II

And we finally broke our coyote jinx and were able to photograph a coyote mousing in a grassy meadow…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC 14E II

I watched him for a few minutes and then told everyone to get in the van and we moved down the road a bit to the next pullout, out of the animal jam he had created. Sure enough he worked his way towards us, passing close by before casually trotting across the parking lot right through the middle of the excited crowd…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC 14E II

We headed back out to the Lamar Valley for the evening and took a short hike out to the row of cottonwoods to photograph the fall color…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR

As we approached the parking lot we saw everyone looking off into the distance. I glassed the valley with my binoculars and saw a herd of elk in the distance. All of a sudden we saw the herd break into a run scattering with a couple of wolves in hot pursuit. It was too far to photograph but what a sight to watch through the binoculars as the wolves kept going trying to separate a lone calf from the herd. The bull and cows were successful in thwarting their attack and they went off back into the trees while the elk moved off. What a thrilling sight to see!

Yellowstone… It’s The Water

Water, the life-blood of our existence. It quenches our thirst, gives life to the plants and animals of the world, carves out deep canyons and washes the landscape clean. With the temps soaring into the high seventies, the wildlife is a bit scarce so, we worked the water in between; from Tower Falls…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR

To the mineral rich waters that create the Travertine Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-20E III

One section that is dormant had a very monochromatic appearance which I knew was going to end up B&W…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-20E III

Why the long lens for landscapes? For one, we couldn’t approach the thermal out of safety issues and second, I love to pull out the details in the thermals. We will continue to seek out wildlife but, certainly won’t pass up any great landscape photo opportunities. Stay tuned.