WHO: Just me and my camera
WHAT: Bison at the end of a rainbow
WHEN: OCT 2015
WHERE: Tower Junction, Yellowstone NP
"Good as Gold"
Last month I headed over to Yellowstone National Park for a week to unwind and hopefully capture some great images. I had visited the park at the same time last year and was hoping a similar weather pattern of fog/rain would present itself again. To my dismay, it did not. Instead I was greeted with clear blue skies, no clouds and 60 degrees; a photographer's worst nightmare. So for the most part I spent the week catching up on some sleep, terrible I know. The sunny weather was hindering my creative juices.
Thankfully one of the mornings it was overcast and I thought it the perfect opportunity to head to Lamar for some wildlife. On the way there I passed Blacktail Plateau Drive and to my surprise it was open. I have not been down the road in years and thought "lets do it." Sadly, not much wildlife to see and the cloud cover was just too heavy. As I was nearing the end of the road three bison were blocking my way and being that I drive a Ford Fiesta I was not about to anger them.
After about 20 minutes I was finally able to squeeze by without having my car smashed in. As I came to the Lamar Valley turn there was another small herd of bison headed towards the road. In all honesty with the background being flat and the bison not close enough for portrait work I decided to just keep going on my way to Lamar. I was slowing working my way through the small "bison jam" when all of a sudden, sunlight broke though and caused a rainbow! I quickly backed up into a spot "mostly" off the road and began to work fast. I switched lenses to capture more of the sky and fired off many shots, hoping one would be good. For, as most people know bison are usually quite intense at eating, I have so many photos of there heads downs, they just end up looking like furry boulders if you can't create a profile of some kind. As you can see from the image above, I lucked out and in one frame I was able to capture one with her head up. The rainbow only lasted for maybe 10 minutes. I just love thinking about how I would have missed it had it not been for the delay I experienced earlier. Unfortunately, I did not see much other wildlife that day, but the theme of bison continued as the held the precedent of always blocking the road.
Everyone has a passion in life, mine is photography mixed with the great outdoors. Though such should come as no surprise since I grew up playing and getting lost in the woods of The Black Hills of South Dakota. Making it only natural that I feel most at home when I am surrounded by mountain peaks and the voices of the animals. I have always wanted to make a difference in this world, I just did not know how I could. I soon realized by documenting our planet I could share my joy with the rest of the world. It is my hope that with my nature photography I will instill the same passion and love that I have for Mother Nature into others. This world we live on is truly an amazing place, but with our personal lives filled with work and stress we often forget to stop and take in the beauty all around us.