Yellowstone Safari Day 5

Not more than a ten minute snow coach ride from Old Faithful we encountered these frost covered trees. All the time I was working the subject I had B&W in mind. I took the image into Photoshop and using NIK B&W Infrared made this dramatic image.

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Our next stop was at Gibbon Falls where I still had B&W on the brain. Of course the blustery weather and flat light made it easy to be thinking in monochrome. I loved the contrast of the snow and ice with the softly flowing water.

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We stopped to photograph the snow covered grasses against the stark background of dead trees. the bright colors in the foreground and nearly monochromatic trees made a nice contrast.

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Father down the road we encountered a small group of five really big bull bison. Suddenly, they all took off running through the snow, crossed the road and immediately settled down and began grazing again. I guess they thought the grass was greener on the other side.

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While we were stopped, a herd of bison came down the road towards us. What a sight to behold with nearly 150 bison coming straight at us.

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It was a crazy weather day with blowing wind and snow one minute followed by breaks in the clouds with patches of blue that lasted mere minutes before the snow and wind began to blow again. The bison seemed to take it in stride hunkering down to take a nap while the storm raged on.

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Images Captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 24-70 & 70-300mm VR (Landscape Images). Nikon D3, AF-S 600mm VR (Bison Herd Cropped to Pano Orientation) On Lexar Digital Media