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Yellowstone Winter 2018

Post 2 – Scenery What can be more enchanting than sparkling snow and the cool colors of winter. Snow also simplifies an otherwise busy landscape and adds a new creative element.

Fog from hot steam meeting cool air at Mud Volcano
© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Bob Harvey

Norris Geyser Basin
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Canyon
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Yellowstone Falls
© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Bob Harvey

West Thumb
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

West Thumb
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Bacterial mat
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise on Madison River – great to be the first ones in the park for dramatic light.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

 

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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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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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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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How we have enjoyed beginning and ending our days traveling through an amazing wildlife corridor.  Each day we looked for the illusive bobcat and yesterday we were treated to a half hour session of photography.  In the last 2 days, we found a pair of eagles, elk enjoying a meal in the river, swans in gorgeous light, coyotes and more.

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Bobcat sleuthing along the riverbank of the Madison River.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Time for dinner.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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This is the perfect place to catch an unsuspecting duck or swan.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Eagle courtship
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Eagle courtship
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Swan, Madison River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Elk, Madison River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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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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