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As time went on, animal behavior changed. Lower temps and snowfall made for some dramatic scenes.
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.
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.
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.
Calm and sunny weather provided just the right conditions for beautiful reflections and early morning misty landscapes.
What a special moment when a critter as gorgeous as this one just steps into the scene and allows you to photograph it.
Kicking up the powder.
What a graceful landing and beautiful light to capture it.
Rime ice is the beautiful result of supersaturated air encountering a very cold surface and immediately crystalizing.
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.
Yellowstone 2014 – The adventure has kicked off with a great start, sunshine and great wildlife sightings on day 1!
Stay tuned for images over the next 3 weeks.
Part 4, Grand Teton National Park
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.
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
Part 3, Yellowstone is famous for Old Faithful, but to a photographer’s eye, there is so much more…
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.
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.
Next post – Grand Teton National Park and fall colors
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.
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