Taking shelter from the storm


But in this case the shelter comes with you. An American Bison, with a wonderfully adapted coat, waiting out a day of snow in Yellowstone National Park this winter.

38 thoughts on “Taking shelter from the storm

  1. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature

    You must have been really close…or a really great lense. Such majestic creatures. I feel like I already commented on bison here and how big their tracks are. Sorry if I did. We have a wildlife refuge here. A Pueblo near Santa Fe donated some bison, so we can see them from time to time.. Beautiful shot you took.

    1. Thanks, this shot was a combination of your two thoughts. We were fairly close and also had a fairly long lens on the camera. They are indeed magnificent beings. Glad you can get out to seem them from time to time as it is always great to be able to get that connection. Hope you have a great weekend.

  2. FANTASTIC shot, Mike. I love it! I know folks don’t generally like looking at the butt end of anything, but the angle of the spine and tilt of the head makes this shot so compelling.

    1. Thanks Eliza, I was drawn to those shapes, lines and angles for this shot and the snow covering his fur really seemed to accentuate that. It was also neat to think that having a snow covered body is a bit of camouflage. Hope you have a great weekend.

    1. HI, his face was a bit of a mystery given the angle we were at. He did stir for just a moment as a coyote passed right between he and us. That is a different story and perhaps another blog post. Hope yo are having a great day.

  3. I teach my photo students to avoid butt shots but I’m going to have to rethink my position on this. I guess some are just meant to be preserved. 🙂 I love it!

    1. Hi Dave, sometimes rules are made to be broken…:-)

      I agree with the general rule but this was the angle we were given that day and him being covered by snow seemed to really accentuate his form.

  4. The angles and lines in this shot are indeed intriguing. And his horns (or are they called antlers in this case? Not sure) give a wonderful contrast to the snow. I was always impressed when I saw those animals at our zoo, how much more impressive it has to be to see them “out there”. But I’m repeating myself. 🙂

    1. Hi Suzan, we would call those horns on a Bison. I did like how the snow covered this guy and taking away the focus on his fur towards those lines. It also was the only perspective we had as he was lying in thermal areas so our view was limited to a single spot. they are huge animals and impressive for sure and in the wild even more so.

      1. Ah, thanks, I see. Antlers are what moose(s) and deers have, I guess.
        Well, even if your view was limited to a single spot, you made the best of it. I don’t agree to the opinion, photos of backs can’t be beautiful and should be avoided. This is the best proof, they shouldn’t. Reminds me, I think I have a shot somewhere which is a bit similar – not as impressive as yours as the animal was a “captive” one, but… let me look for it. 🙂

        1. Hi Suzan, thanks for the kind words on the photo. It was a pretty cool experience and just the sculptural aspect of the bison form was really cool and I agree backs are just a beautiful s fronts and sometimes even more so.

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