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on Oct 2, 2018 in Wildlife Photography

That Took A While!

Bison
captured by D5 / 180-400VR

I wish I knew the genesis of some of the photographs I want to capture. I have this unspoken list that often I don’t know I have until I see the photograph appear in my viewfinder. I’ve worked with Bison for decades and have thousands of images in my files taken in many different habitats in all sorts of weather. Yet with all of that, certain images still elude me that I want. Why I want them I can’t tell you. Be it someone else’s image that has inspired me, a “possible” photo my imagination conjured up or a combination of the two, it’s in my head in either case.

Bison
captured by D5 / 180-400VR

This past week at Roosevelt Nat’l Park offered me one of those opportunities. It was early morning, twenty-nine degrees out as the sun popped over the horizon. There beside the road was a gorgeous Bison bull, it’s fur coated in a layer of frost. As the sun struck him, the frost turned to steam. I watched through the D5 / 180-400VR as he slowly turned just a tad so rather than being all backlit, he was now a combination of backlit/sidelit and that glancing light lit him up a tad but more importantly, the steam from his back and breathe. I got quite a chuckle that the first image caught his tongue sticking out, a symbol of my years looking for this image. But then I caught the shot and that made me very happy.

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