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on Feb 18, 2011 in Landscape Photography, Yellowstone Life

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The magic that is Yellowstone in winter returned and if all its glory! The 6-8″ of fresh snow greeted us as we were the first into the park (which we always are) and some drifts too big for us to go directly through. With the wind chill, we were down to around -14. This combo made for a killer day of finding and photographing crusties. What are crusties?

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Crusites are my own nickname for Bison caked with ice and snow. Some see this and are amazed that a fur barer could have snow caked on them. But between body fat and the fur, very little heat escapes so the snow can stick. The one key ingredient to make this work though is some moisture and that’s where the steam from the thermals comes into play. In Yellowstone in the winter when the conditions are right, it’s easy to find crusties. This duo were literally right on the road. We simply crept up on them with the snowcoach doors open and shot a few clicks without leaving our seats. When you have this kind of opportunity, it’s time to do eyeball photography. It was a great start to a great day of crusty photography!

Photo captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film