Sharing moments in time…

Hair and Horns


One of the highlights of Yellowstone is not only seeing the Buffalo but being able to get pretty close.  The park rules say that you should stay 25 yards away from them but even if you start at that distance, they sometimes will wander closer.  It is very easy to forget that these peaceful looking creatures are wild and can, at times, be unpredictable.  It is also hard to imagine that they can actually run at up to 35 miles an hour!  If you are not careful, you can find yourself totally engulfed within the herd.  It is really interesting to watch them interact with each other and also listen to their various verbal grunts and groans.  This fine looking specimen was one of the lead animals in a large herd which just kept coming towards me and some other photographers until we were finally forced back onto the road and into our cars…..

6 responses

  1. Lovely photo 🙂

    May 28, 2012 at 11:13 pm

  2. dalzellphoto

    This is beautiful, I’m dying to go to Yellowstone with my camera. It would be such a fun time.

    June 4, 2012 at 10:23 am

    • Thanks Zach, I highly recommend it – still have lots more to post! One comment – a long lens helps.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:47 am

      • dalzellphoto

        I would imagine! I have a 300mm 2.8 with a 1.4x teleconverter but I’ve read some people recommend even longer for certain animals.

        June 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

      • Zach,
        You’ll get good shots with a lens like that. I used a 300 f4 prime on many of my shots including the pronghorn. I also used a 150-500mm zoom (without teleconverter) on many others. There are lots of far off creature sighting that people have large scopes for – not close enough even for a BIG lens….

        June 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

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