Snow B&W | a 7 Image Story

Snow B&W | A Bridge to New SnowSnow B&W | a 7 Image Story  Black & white images seem to go together with snow, quite often.  As winter gives way to spring, it’s time to reflect one last time on winter snow.  My black & white images tend to highlight contrasts.  Snow provides contrast by its very nature.  Whether it’s a winding stream, mountains, or a fence post, snow provides contrast for most shapes against it.  And, no matter where you live in the USA, snow is not too far away in the winter.  Sometimes, B&W images bring out the true nature of a place.  For instance, dawn at Oxbow Bend, the most photographed landscape in the country. is always an emotional experience.

Each image will be posted individually this week with a bit more narrative under category Snow B&W.

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American Bison | Bison in Yellowstone

American Bison | Bison in Yellowstone

American Bison | Bison in Yellowstone  With about 5,000 Bison, Yellowstone NP has North America’s largest population of wild Bison and is the only place in the United States where bison have lived continuously since the prehistoric times of the last ice age.  To see the entire story with all seven images, go to American Bison | a 7 Image Story.

American Bison | Winter in Lamar Valley

American Bison | Winter in Lamar Valley

American Bison | Winter in Lamar Valley  Bison are year round grazers requiring water every day. They eat primarily grasses, but will also eat flowering plants, lichens, and woody plant leaves. In the winter, they sweep their heads from side to side to clear the snow.  To see the entire story with all seven images, go to American Bison | a 7 Image Story.

American Bison | Bison over the Horizon

American Bison | Bison over the Horizon

American Bison | Bison over the Horizon  At one time, massive Bison herds roamed the grasslands of North America.  Today, small herds are maintained in several parts of Canada and several states in the USA.  Many national parks also preserve Bison.  This image was captured at the Badlands NP.  To see the entire story with all seven images, go to American Bison | a 7 Image Story.

American Bison | a 7 Image Story

American Bison | Old BisonAmerican Bison | a 7 Image Story  The American Bison, also call Bison Bison, is our National Mammal and symbolic of the Great Plains.  The largest land animal in North America; at one time millions roamed  the grasslands of North America from Alaska to Mexico in massive herds.  Today, small herds are maintained in several parts of Canada, as well as several states in the USA.  Many national parks also keep Bison.  With approximately 5,000 animals, Yellowstone NP has North America’s largest population of wild Bison and is the only place in the United States where bison have lived continuously since the prehistoric times of the last ice age.

Capturing wild Bison images usually means a trip to a national or state park.  These images come from Yellowstone, Wind Cave, and Badlands national parks.  Good clicks come relatively easy.  The Bison are usually standing around; like they’re waiting for you to make a click.  A good telephoto lens is really required though.  Getting too close is not only bad form, but can be detrimental to your health.  These beautiful animals are wild and unpredictable.  Keep your distance.

A few Bison facts:  Bison are year round grazers requiring water every day.  They eat primarily grasses, but will also eat flowering plants, lichens, and woody plant leaves.  In the winter, they sweep their heads from side to side to clear the snow.  Bison grow a thin layer of soft fine hair and a thick outer layer of course hair.  In the spring, they shed their heavy winter coats.  A mature Bison stands 5-6 feet tall weighing 1,800 to 2,400 pounds.  They have cloven hoofs, and can reach speeds of 30 miles per hour.  They prefer to graze in the morning, rest, ruminate (chew cud) in the middle of the day and then graze again in the evening.  Bison communicate through grunts with each other and sometimes snort to warn intruders.  They have excellent hearing and smell, but relatively poor eyesight.  Baby bison, called “red dogs,” are orange-red in color for a few months until their hair begins to turn dark brown.  Their life expectancy ranges from 15 to 20 years.

Each image will be posted individually this week with a bit more narrative under category American Bison.

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Crop or Not | 35mm 2×3

Crop or Not | 35mm 2x3

Crop or Not | 35mm 2×3  This F-16 Taxiing is cropped in standard 2×3 scale.  I could get no closer due to the airfield fences.  The 80-400mm lens gave me some flexibility.  The moment happened so fast, I did not have time to adjust a bit after panning for a different shot.  The crop allowed a decent image to post, but not good enough for a nice size print.  To see the entire story with all seven images, go to Crop or Not | a 7 Image Story.