Winter in Yellowstone Part 1

My annual trip to Yellowstone is over but  now but the work really starts. In my 10 days of shooting  I captured over 7500 images this year. We had some extremes this year in weather from low 30 degrees days to a 4 day stretch when the temp never got over 0 degrees. Photographing Bison is one of the main subjects in the winter in the park. Cold is not an issue for they beautiful beasts. They are always nearby and make for some dramatic shots. A few of my favorite shots this year follow

Bison at sunset in Yellowstone near Tower Junction. As we where driving back at the end of the day we came upon this sunset. I slammed on the brakes and jumped out in time to get a few shots off before the sky went away.

Bison at sunset in Yellowstone near Tower Junction. As we where driving back at the end of the day we came upon this sunset. I slammed on the brakes and jumped out in time to get a few shots off before the sky went away.

Bison in the storm near Mammoth Hot Springs. We got up to lots of fresh snow that covered the roads overnight. We had to wait for the plows to clear the road and ended up finding this Bison along the road . 

Bison in the storm near Mammoth Hot Springs. We got up to lots of fresh snow that covered the roads overnight. We had to wait for the plows to clear the road and ended up finding this Bison along the road . 

These poor Bison trying to hide from the storm. The 30 plus MPH wind made for some miserable shooting conditions. We hiked out closer to the Bison to get a better angle. the deep snow made for a tough hike. The wind was blowing and this spot was very exposed but the Bison did not appear to mind the conditions.

These poor Bison trying to hide from the storm. The 30 plus MPH wind made for some miserable shooting conditions. We hiked out closer to the Bison to get a better angle. the deep snow made for a tough hike. The wind was blowing and this spot was very exposed but the Bison did not appear to mind the conditions.

Bison watching me after he had been scratching on this tree. 

Bison watching me after he had been scratching on this tree. 

Bison in the fog along the river. I have wanted to get a shot like this for some time and I was lucky that everything came together this day.

Bison in the fog along the river. I have wanted to get a shot like this for some time and I was lucky that everything came together this day.