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!