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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

Post 1 – There is a quietness during our first week in Yellowstone.  We find ourselves alone on many of the trails as we find new ice formations, colors and shapes emerging from fog, and somehow the scenery just feels a little different.

Norris Geyser Basin © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Norris Geyser Basin
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Steam and water from a thermal feature coat a tree with icicles. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Steam and water from a thermal feature coat a tree with icicles.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Madison River © 2015 Bob Harvey

Madison River
© 2015 Bob Harvey

White Dome Geyser © 2015 Bob Harvey

White Dome Geyser
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Bald Eagle © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Bald Eagle
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Wolf tracks © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Wolf tracks
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Fox © 2015 Bob Harvey

Fox
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Bison giving us "the look". © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Bison giving us “the look”.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Bobcat running up and down trees trying to dodge an elk. © 2015 Bob Harvey

Bobcat running up and down trees trying to dodge an elk.
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Clepsydra Geyser © 2015 Bob Harvey

Clepsydra Geyser
© 2015 Bob Harvey

 

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

The Blues… Often we think of winter photography as being all “white” – but it is how we manage highlights and shadows, white against blue, that can make a scene come to life.   

Swan, Madison River © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Swan, Madison River
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Watching the swan’s behavior, anticipating the moment, and positioning for the blue background is all part of my thinking.  It’s not just about shutter speed and aperture.  Below, the same techniques apply.

Swan takoff, Madison River © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Swan takoff, Madison River
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bald Eagle, fishing the Gibbon River © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bald Eagle, fishing the Gibbon River © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sometimes it is more than just part of a blue and white compostion. Here I moved around until I got the blue shadows on the hill placed behind the white head to make it stand out.

Rime ice against blue sky © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Rime ice against blue sky
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sawmill Geyser © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sawmill Geyser, Upper Geyser Basin
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

White steam and water spray against the blue sky.

Sawmill Geyser © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sawmill Geyser, Upper Geyser basin
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Ice forms near a steam vent, blue and white gives texture, Norris Geyser Basin © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Ice forms near a steam vent, blue and white gives texture, Norris Geyser Basin © 2014 Diane Kelsay

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton Fall Photography Safari

Part 3, Yellowstone is famous for Old Faithful, but to a photographer’s eye, there is so much more…

Old Faithful© 2013 Bob Harvey

Old Faithful
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Almost everyone visiting Old Faithfull for this eruption viewed it straight on, flat light.  Bob brought the group around to the side to capture exciting definition of highlights and shadows.  Also important is capturing the eruption early on before the detail is obstructed by more steam.  In addition to named features, the geyser basins are home to great artistic abstracts.  We like to encourage our groups to look at what is at their feet and move around pools for the best compositions.

Bacterial mats© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Bacterial mats
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Midway Geyser Basin© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Doublet Pool© 2013 Bob Harvey

Doublet Pool
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Doublet Pool© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Doublet Pool
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

 

Bacterial Mat© 2013 Bob Harvey

Bacterial Mat
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Black Sand Basin© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Black Sand Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

A few of us waited to get a beam of sunshine on the pool to highlight the gorgeous colors against the stormy background.  It only lasted a few seconds before the sun hid behind another cloud.

Black Sand Basin© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Black Sand Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Midway Geyser Basin© 2013 Bob Harvey

Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Next post – Grand Teton National Park and fall colors

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