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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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Macros and Close Up Photography

Post 1 – Finding subjects

So what’s the buzz about?

Stingless bee, Belize © 2014 Bob Harvey

Stingless bee, Belize
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Bob caught this bee after studying the flight patterns of the bees at El Pilar Mayan Site in Belize.  Harmless bees, a lot of patience, and a quick trigger finger!

On the trail in Costa Rica © 2014 Diane Kelsay

On the trail in Costa Rica
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Not all images require patience and timing, but some do require that you LOOK when hiking down a trail.  I like to turn around occasionally when I see a potential subject and check the lighting from the other side, as well as alternate compositions.  Do watch where you are walking though, I sometimes get carried away looking backwards and … ooops!

And speaking of views from the ground…

Hosta, at home by the patio. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Hosta, at home in the garden.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

I spent a lot of time composing this one.  The morning rain left gorgeous drops on leaves (it also left the ground very wet).  I set up my tripod and got down on the ground, being careful not to bump the plant. I played with the aperture while looking at the image with depth of field preview on.  Notice the reflections of other hosta leaves in each drop.  I wanted every drop in focus but no more – more depth of field would have made the background distracting.

Heliconia, Belize © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Heliconia, Belize
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Opposite strategy, little depth of field – I placed a flower right in front of the lens to make the red a soft focus framing for the stark black and green lines.

Butterfly, Costa Rica © 2014 Bob Harvey

Butterfly, Costa Rica
© 2014 Bob Harvey

As with the plants, you don’t always need to show the whole critter.  Sometimes an abstract design has greater impact.

Sea anemone © 2014 Bob Harvey

Sea anemone, Oregon Coast
© 2014 Bob Harvey

I do love this photo of Bob’s.  What a great design! You are seeing about 1 inch of a 5 inch anemone.

Basilica, Quito, Ecuador © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Basilica, Quito, Ecuador
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

After photographing numerous shots of stained glass windows and the light patterns on the stone walls, I moved in close to capture the texture and color of a small space.

Sunlight on ice, Yellowstone winter © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sunlight on ice, Yellowstone winter
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

I worked with a few of our participants to find ways to capture the glow of the backlit ice.  We had lots of fun moving around in the snow and finding great angles.  I then taught them how to include a starburst in an icicle by stopping down the aperture and shooting with a wide angle lens.

Wolf print in the snow, Yellowstone winter © 2014 Bob Harvey

Wolf print in the snow, Yellowstone winter
© 2014 Bob Harvey

On our trips, we are constantly looking for surprises.

Bacteria mats, Yellowstone winter © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bacteria mats, Yellowstone winter
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Close-up potentials are everywhere in Yellowstone – sometimes you do have to lie down on the boardwalk and lean over the side! Yellowstone, Belize, Costa Rica, Oregon, and our own backyards are some of our favorite places to work with macro lenses.  We also like to use telephoto lenses and extension tubes and sometimes wide angle.  I will be posting more on this subject. We would be happy to work with you to develop more macro skills.  It is a great way to look at the world. Email me for more information – diane@naturephotographyadventures.com

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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!

(See our blog news page for an opportunity to save money and secure your spot for next winter).

 

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

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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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

This morning we awoke to -31 degrees fahrenheit.  By the time we entered the park it was a balmy -28.  Sounds bad, but bundled up, we stayed pretty warm and captured images that only happen under these conditions.  The trees were covered with rime frost and new layers of ice and frost on the ground created beautiful designs.  Frosty fog added another dimension.

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Firehole River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

 

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Tangle Creek
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Tangle Creek
© Bob Harvey

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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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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari – Sunrise

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Our first stop, our first morning, our first group this January produced an amazing sunrise opportunity along the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park.

We’re still watching an approaching storm.  The forecasts are very promising!

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari – January 8

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Today we saw eagles, swans, bison, and this determined coyote picking an old wolf-killed elk calf clean of the last scraps of food.

We also had glorious light in Norris Geyser Basin.

There are hints of a snowstorm brewing for later in the week!

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

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We arrived in West Yellowstone, Montana yesterday to prepare for our four sessions of the Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari.

We have been watching the weather for weeks – and indeed the snowpack is great and the temperatures are perfect (at least for photography).  And, it has started snowing this afternoon – with more in the forecast on and off this week!

Many in our group are (as we write) being loaded into the shuttle in Bozeman.  Others are driving and on their way here.  Tonight we gather for pizza and orientation.

Tomorrow we head into Yellowstone to kick off the 2013 season!

Stay tuned – we’ll post a few images as the weeks go on!

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