March 4, 2012

Yellowstone, January 7 & 8, 2012

Two black wolves, members of the Mollies Pack, move through the Lamar Canyon on the frozen Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park. The pair was rejoining their siblings after a day of dancing around the Blacktail Pack. Captured with a Canon 7D and 500/4.0L IS in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of + 2 at ISO400, f/4.0, and 1/640th of a second. The camera was handheld.

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After three weeks in Chicago I needed to return to Yellowstone, add in a full moon and there was little that could keep me from making a trip to parkadise. It turned out that things were incredibly slow in the park, but I did end up with two good Wolf encounters.

The first encounter was two black members of the Mollies Pack run directly below me along the Lamar River in the Lamar Canyon. The second was a Gray member of the Lamar Canyon Pack chasing a cow Elk near the road in the Lamar Valley. Beyond those encounters and a few shots of the moonrise/sunset I took virtually no other photographs.

The winter has not been much of a winter to this point, and the park is low on snow...great for many of the parks animals, but not for photographers and the predators.

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