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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

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Fox © 2015 Bob Harvey

Fox
© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Trumpeter swans © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Trumpeter swans
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Mammoth Terraces © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Mammoth Terraces
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Lower Geyser Basin © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Lower Geyser Basin
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Bald eagle © 2015 Bob Harvey

Bald eagle
© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

Grotto geyser © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Grotto geyser
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Bacteria mats © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Bacteria mats
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise on the Madison River © 2015 Bob Harvey

Sunrise on the Madison River
© 2015 Bob Harvey

 

 

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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

Firehole River © 2014 Bob Harvey

Firehole River
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Calm and sunny weather provided just the right conditions for beautiful reflections and early morning misty landscapes.

Lower Geyser Basin area © 2014 Bob Harvey

Lower Geyser Basin area
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Lower Geyser Basin area © 2014 Bob Harvey

Lower Geyser Basin area
© 2014 Bob Harvey

White Dome, Lower Geyser Basin area. © 2014 Bob Harvey

White Dome, Lower Geyser Basin area
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Midway Geyser Basin © 2014 Bob Harvey

Midway Geyser Basin
© 2014 Bob Harvey

 

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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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Rime ice © 2014 Bob Harvey

Rime ice and icicles.
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Rime ice is the beautiful result of supersaturated air encountering a very cold surface and immediately crystalizing.

Rime ice melted and refroze on each needle. © 2014 Bob Harvey

Rime ice melted and refrozen on each needle.
© 2014 Bob Harvey

The rime ice can add a lot of beauty to a landscape.

© 2014 Bob Harvey

Clear and cold conditions are what is needed for rime ice to form, much to the nature photographer’s delight.  Each warm day that follows melts the ice away and the next cold spell makes new designs to play with.

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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 and Grand Teton Fall Photography Safari

 

Part 4, Grand Teton National Park

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Oxbow Bend, first light
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

There is a magic hour at Oxbow Bend.  All is quiet except for distant elk bugles – photographers set up cameras on tripods with only occasional soft conversations. It is cold, still, and the light changes with every passing moment.  We give the group a starting point for exposures and then photograph for about an hour.

First light on the peaks© 2013 Bob Harvey

First light on the peaks
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Morning light on "The Grand"© 2013 Bob Harvey

Morning light on “The Grand”
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Reflection at String Lake© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Reflection at String Lake
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

String Lake© 2013 Bob Harvey

String Lake
© 2013 Bob Harvey

String Lake© 2013 Diane Kelsay

String Lake
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise at Colter Bay© 2013 Bob Harvey

Sunrise at Colter Bay
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Oxbow Bend, afternoon light© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Oxbow Bend, afternoon light
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

We had fun playing with light and the group learned a few new tricks.  Please join us next year as we journey back to Grand Teton and Yellowstone http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.yellowfall.htm

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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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Part 2, our adventure begins…

We have an eager group of photographers setting out to photograph what Yellowstone has in store for us.  Of course wildlife photography is on everyone’s mind.

Bear cub, lively and fun to watch.© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Bear cub, lively and fun to watch.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Coyote with mouse, the second one he caught for us to photograph.© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Coyote with mouse, the second one he caught for us to photograph.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Osprey with a catch, and struggling to hold on to it.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Osprey with a catch, and struggling to hold on to it.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Grizzly bear busy digging for things to eat - roots, grubs...© 2013 Bob Harvey

Grizzly bear busy digging for things to eat – roots, grubs…
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Bison swimming across the Yellowstone River. Swimming is not easy for them.© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Bison swimming across the Yellowstone River. Swimming is not easy for them.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Elk along the Madison River - "raking" a tree.© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Elk along the Madison River – “raking” a tree.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Not much of that tree is left when he is done "raking".© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Not much of that tree is left when he is done “raking”.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Coyote...what is on his mind?© 2013 Bob Harvey

Coyote…what is on his mind?
© 2013 Bob Harvey

The group was pleased with how many great wildlife experiences we had.  Like the time that Bob and I spent watching the moose, our wildlife encounters required patience, respect for the animals’ space, and enough knowledge to be prepared for the “moment”.  That mouse gets tossed around and swallowed fast and the bears don’t look up very often.  We recommend that everyone be ready with exposures that they like by shooting test shots, reviewing and adjusting so they can concentrate on the action when it happens.

Stay tuned for the next post in a few days.  And check out the next fall adventure at http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.yellowfall.htm

 

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