Snow Bound Bison

Equipment Info
PENTAX K-1
180mm / f/14 / 1/1000 sec. / ISO 400
State/Province/Region
Wyoming
Nearest Area
Yellowstone National Park
Notes

Pentax K-1, Pentax 150-450 mm lens, 1/1000 second, f 14, ISO 400, 180 mm

Description

During a very cold snowstorm in Yellowstone National Park, these bison were coming around a turn in the road between Mammoth and Cooke City as I was driving around the turn in the opposite direction. Fortunately all of us were going slowly. I stopped, leaned out the car window, and quickly took some images before they trudged by my car. I had my camera set on manual exposure and overexposed the scene in order to compensate for the white snow and dark bison. I used a fast shutter speed to freeze the motion of the snow flakes and my hand-held shot.

During four snowy, cold days in Yellowstone this past February, I traveled the road across the northern part of the park searching for wildlife and was amply rewarded. Among other photos, I had hoped to capture an image of bison weathering the snow and cold that they endure each winter in Yellowstone. Seeing these bison as well as other wildlife in these inhospitable conditions renewed my respect for all wild animals in such harsh environments.

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Date Added
March 10, 2019
Date Taken
February 26, 2019