This Canada Goose swimming along the canal presented an interesting angle. Conventional wisdom recommends against butt shots. The angle and the reflections seemed like a nice image.
Smokey The Ice Bear What a difference a day makes! It’s really starting to look like Smokey.
Ice Sculpture Almost These folks are sculpting the rough cut of an ice/snow sculpture to become Smokey The Bear. Hopefully I will be able to capture more images as they get closer to the finished product.
Big Ice This ice was formed from a single spray of water blown about by the wind over a month’s time. It sits along a lake front where folks are carving ice formations for a competition coming soon.
Cold Ice Ice and snow forms can sometimes inspire us. This form is a part of a larger formation which will be posted tomorrow.
Yellowstone Winter Winter in Yellowstone can be so beautiful, and at the same time, so grueling for the wildlife. Bison lose so much weight from fall to spring just trying to survive the Yellowstone Winter. On average, 9 out of 100 adult bison will die during the winter. Many of these bison entered winter in poor condition due to age, disease, or injuries. Young bison face a higher risk of dying: 20 – 40 of every 100 first-year bison die from accidents, winter exposure, or predation.
Bull Elk at Yellowstone Today Elk live primarily in western North America in mountainous areas such as Wyoming’s National Elk Refuge near the Grand Tetons NP and Yellowstone National Park NP. This Bull Elk image was captured in Yellowstone; one of my favorite winter shooting locations. Elk are related to deer but are much larger. A bull elk’s antlers can reach 4 feet above its head making it tower to 9 feet tall. Bull elk lose their antlers each March, but they begin to grow back in May in preparation for the late-summer breeding season.
In early summer, elk migrate to high mountain grazing grounds where the cows give birth. Each cow typically has a single calf, which can stand by the time it is 20 minutes old. During fall breeding season the bugling of bull elk echoes through the mountains and valleys. They strip the velvet off their new antlers and use them in violent clashes to determine who gets to mate with the herd. Males with the bigger antlers, typically older, usually win and dominate the small herds. As winter arrives, the Elk form into larger herds, though bulls and cows typically remain separate. The herds return to lower valley pastures where elk spend the season pawing through snow to graze on grass or settling for shrubs not buried in snow.