Yellowstone…So Long, Farewell…

My time in Yellowstone has wound down to one last day of shooting and we made the most of it beginning with a big bull bison who came within portrait range…

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We worked the bison for a bit and then moved on to find the bachelor herd of bull elk sitting amongst the trees. Making note of their location we headed to Gardiner to see if the bighorn sheep or pronghorn were around. We did find a nice herd of pronghorn that we worked for awhile. There was a small herd of deer nearby and it was interesting how the pronghorn watched us but, seemed really nervous of the deer. At one point when the deer rose from their resting place, the pronghorn all bounded away only to return as the deer moved off. This group of males made a great image as they all turned to look at the deer in unison…

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After three weeks in the park, I am ready to go home and yet, I feel the pull of Yellowstone deep in my heart telling me to stay, there are many more wonderful experiences ahead. I leave with my hard drives overflowing with amazing images, my heart filled with wonderful experiences and new friends who have enjoyed the adventure over the last three weeks. Thanks to everyone who shared the experience that is Yellowstone in winter. You all brought bucket loads of enthusiasm to the adventure. It’s your excitement that makes sharing Yellowstone such fun! And, I have to give a big thank you to Arden & Erica of Yellowstone Expeditions for going beyond the call of duty with long hours, crazy logisitcal planning and undying enthusiasm for all they did to make this the best winter adventure in Yellowstone ever!!!

I have alot of catching up to do when I get home but, in the back of my mind I am already planning my next return to Yellowstone. Stay tuned…

Images captured with Nikon D3S, AF-S 600mm VR, TC-17E on Lexar Digital Media