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Yellowstone Spring Photography Safari

Spring arrives in Yellowstone with anything from warm sunny days to snow.  And, it can all happen in the same day!  The bears are waking up and the bison are giving birth.  The scenery is a lush green.  Some bears have this year’s cubs and some are from last season.  All are wonderful to watch.

Grizzly
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Grizzly and second year cub
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Grizzly
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Grizzly with this year’s cubs
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Wow, standing up and looking big!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

It seems this cub is getting the word.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Grizzly cub – Look at those claws already!!!
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Grizzly, with even bigger claws.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Black bear scratching on a tree.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Heart Spring with Castle Geyser in the background.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Norris Geyser Basin
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Black Sand Basin
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Coyote
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Coyote – caught a few treats and ate them on the spot. This one is going back to the den and doesn’t look happy about it.  But the babies need to eat.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Baby bison romping around, still has umbilical cord.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Keeping together helps protect the babies from predators.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Bison with new baby
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Bison baby, gorgeous cinnamon color.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Lots of babies want to be fed. Amazingly, every time the mom came back, she fed a different one.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Bluebird
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Grand Geyser
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Osprey nest
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Clepsydra Geyser
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Find more images on the Yellowstone Spring Gallery pages and on the Yellowstone Spring Photography Safari page.  We hope you will join us on this adventure.

 

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

As time went on, animal behavior changed.  Lower temps and snowfall made for some dramatic scenes.

Wolf on a bison kill © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Wolf on a bison kill
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The snow was falling so hard, the 3 light colored wolves were barely visible.  This one came back for a little more food and then we watched them disappear into the whiteout like ghosts.  It was very special just to watch this action.  The coyotes and bobcats like to walk along the riverside, hoping for a duck, swan or rodent to catch for dinner.

Coyote, Madison River © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Coyote, Madison River
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bobcat, Madison River © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Bobcat, Madison River
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bobcat, Madison River © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Bobcat, Madison River
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bison at Midway Geyser Basin © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Bison at Midway Geyser Basin
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

OK! I think it is about time to leave.  I won’t argue with him!  (oh how I love my long lens and safety of being inside a vehicle with the window open) We’ve had enough of the snow anyway and it is time to fly south.

Takeoff © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Takeoff
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

So here we go… We will arrive in Costa Rica tomorrow night and do look for some photos on the next blog in a week or so.  We’ll try to warm you up a bit with some hummingbirds and flowers after all of this snow and ice.

 

 

 

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

Red Fox © 2014 Bob Harvey

Red Fox
© 2014 Bob Harvey

What a special moment when a critter as gorgeous as this one just steps into the scene and allows you to photograph it.

Bison © 2014 Bob Harvey

Bison
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Kicking up the powder.

Swan © 2014 Bob Harvey

Swan
© 2014 Bob Harvey

What a graceful landing and beautiful light to capture it.

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

Yellowstone 2014 – The adventure has kicked off with a great start, sunshine and great wildlife sightings on day 1!

Bobcat walking along the Madison River © 2014 Bob Harvey

Bobcat walking along the Madison River
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Coyote © 2014 Bob Harvey

Coyote
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Bison digging through the snow to find grasses to eat. © 2014 Bob Harvey

Bison digging through the snow for grasses to eat.
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Stay tuned for images over the next 3 weeks.

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

We are calling this the Group of the Wolf, this fourth group to join us in Yellowstone in early 2013.  But, it could, legitimately also be called the Group of the Falling Snow.  Or perhaps the Group of the Portraits, as it seemed like many animals simply posed for this group.

But let’s talk first of the wolves…

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Lone Wolf following the Canyon Pack
© 2013 Bob Harvey

We crossed paths with the Canyon Pack all week long.  First, it was only tracks in the fresh snow along our way.  Then, we caught up with the pack – six of them – as they romped across a meadow.

Later we were serenaded with the soul-gripping songs of the pack, which sent shivers up our spines.  More importantly, it sent an advance warning to the elk munching in and along the Madison River that the pack would be dining that night!

The next morning, all that was left of a yearling elk were some stains in the snow, a pile of hide and fur, and some scraps for the coyotes, ravens, eagles, and magpies.

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Mouthful of Fur!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

A mouth full of fur might fill the stomach, but it’s not the ideal meal!

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Waiting, hoping for a chance at leftovers
© 2013 Bob Harvey

One resourceful coyote snuck away with one of the elk’s legs (not much meat there) and carefully buried it under a log in the snow.

Lest one think this group, this set of outings, was all about wolves and coyotes, we must mention that the light was perfect all week for bison portraits!

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Look into my eyes
© 2013 Bob Harvey

And group shots!

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Standing on the edge of Norris Geyser Basin, to warm up after fording Gibbon River
© 2013 Bob Harvey

And that the swans (many had moved on by this time) took particular pleasure swimming through the reflected sun sparkles for our lenses!

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Swans in the sparkles!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

The waterfalls were fantastic!  The eagles soared.  And the thermal features yielded magic designs and amazing sounds!

What a way, what group, to wrap up our month in Yellowstone’s Winter Wonderland!

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

Bison,

Difficult to photograph, but a few techniques help.  Getting some detail in a dark animal is easier with soft light.  Shooting from our Snowyacht gets us closer to the action.

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Bison fighting
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

As we approach the bison jam, I had my camera set with a high ISO and fast shutter speed.  I took a test shot out the window to make sure my exposure was good before the action began.

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Bison walking by the vehicle, long lens – notice the reflection of the vehicle in the eye.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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One of our participants taking advantage of the safety of our Snowyacht to capture his image.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

And the cold goes on…

What amazing images we were able to create with the steam rising from the Madison River and Firehole River, mixed with ice particles in the air creating sundogs with intense colors.  Add in swans on the Madison River, and ice flocked trees at Midway and Lower Geyser Basins, and it just doesn’t get any better.

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Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Sundog, Madison River
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Sundog, Madison River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Swans, Madison River
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

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Lower Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Bison, Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Swan, Madison River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

Our first week had a mix of snow, blue skies, soft light, and mild temperatures until the last day.  Then the cold moved in, a little uncomfortable, but that is when the magic happens – especially frosted bison! Following are a few more images from the week.  And stay tuned, we begin another week tomorrow.

 

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Frosted Bison
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Jewel Geyser
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Swan, Madison River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Doublet Pool
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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