Jun 232013

I’ve been spending more time in the hotel bed and room next to the bed than out in the park.

Felt A little better tonight.  I ventured a few miles up the Madison River.  Didn’t want to get too far from the hotel.  Very late light and a beautiful Great Blue Heron made for some fun captures….




 Posted by at 10:26 PM
Jun 202013

I take a ton of landscape/scenic photographs.

I am never happy with the results.  Today I have not been able to travel far from the hotel.  Sick enough to stay around. No capturing.  Lots of time studying.   While reviewing many landscape photographs taken yesterday I realized something.   The main reason that I don’t like my landscape photographs is that they seem to busy.  Too much information.

Then it occurred to me that my photographs of Yellowstone are reality.  Yellowstone is busy!  Tree fall, trees, rocks, mountains, clouds, rivers, lakes, it’s all here.  It’s all a part of my photographs.  So here is my daring and busy Yellowstone scenic of the day.

 Posted by at 5:14 PM
Jun 202013

The animals in Yellowstone are a very small part of it’s beauty.  The natural features are incredible.  All opportunities to photograph animals come with beautiful scenery.  Here are a couple of quick shots I captured while watching and photographing buffalo.

 Posted by at 10:22 AM
Jun 192013

Not to brag…

It’s not hard to find bears in Yellowstone.  This year daily showings between Tower Junction and Floating Island Lake.  The challenge is that there are few places to pull over.  And believe me the Park Rangers are all over that!  Only minutes after finding the Bears everyone is shoo’d away.  To add misery to the pain it’s been raining at the peak Bear sighting times of day.  It’s all good. Just have to stay away from the crowds and anticipate the best light/composition.

A mom and two cubs.  The cubs are in their second year.  Mom is a black bear.  The kids are cinnamon black bears.  Guess dad was a cinnamon.

When shooting the black bear in sunlight it’s always advisable to push the exposure slightly.


This is one of the two Cinnamon cubs.  Cute as ever.  They spend a lot of time in the dry fall.  Not a lot of opportunities to shoot.  I however really enjoyed watching them all afternoon.


 Posted by at 9:50 PM
Jun 182013

It’s been a while.

I’m back in my favorite place on the planet.  My first inclination is to whine about my accommodations at Days Inn in West Yellowstone.  I won’t.  Just trust me!!!!  Never stay at Days Inn in West Yellowstone! Never Ever!!!!!!!

I have looked forward to this trip since Jan.  While here I find peace.  Yes the photography is spectacular and no two days are the same.  For some reason this is the only place my heart rate slows and I can stand still for fairly long periods.  Serious.

My first day here ended up with only a couple of hours in the park.  Had the gear.  Needed to get out!


 Posted by at 11:10 PM