November 13, 2010

Yellowstone, November 7th

Closing Weekend...

Canon 5DII with 70-200/2.8L IS II set in Aperture priority mode at f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/320th of a second. Exposure Bias of +1 shot handheld w/2 stop GND filter (I think).

I almost stayed home this year for closing weekend. I had a football game to photograph on Saturday, plus the lunar charts and weather did not point to anything spectacular in Yellowstone; but winter, with only one park road, tends to be very long, so I made the day trip down for the last full day.

Being completely honest the things that I was able to see; but not photograph, were actually more exciting than what I did photograph. Shortly after sunrise I had the privilege of seeing a Short Tailed Weasel halfway transitioned to its white, Ermine, coat. A while later I spent about a half an hour with a Great Grey Owl, that seemed to be a master at picking backlit perches a little too distant, then towards the end of the day I had a very nice Rough-legged Hawk fly overhead.

I did manage to photograph some Trumpeter Swans flying across the Yellowstone Lake with a storm rolling over the mountains in the background. A trio of Coyotes spent about a half hour working between the road and the Yellowstone River, and a group of Bison walked through a nice late fall scene as the sun was about to set.

Another great year in the park, now let the snow fall and the Wolves take over the Northern Valleys :)

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