Tin Man

Bisons Fighting in Snow, Yellowstone National Park

In the deep of winter at Yellowstone National Park, food is scarce. In order to preserve energy, bisons rarely move unless necessary. They spend most of their energy grazing in the snow for grass underneath. Blessed (again) by a beautiful and rare sunrise, we were pleasantly surprised to find two male (bull) bisons sparring in the snow, probably also welcoming the rare first ray of warm sunlight in the morning. When the fight was heated, both their eyes turned red, which looked quite intense. Capturing and inferring motion in a picture is challenging. Too fast a shutter speed, and I could only freeze the motion, and panning of motion is difficult if the motion is not along a predicted path. But inspired by our workshop leader Chas Glatzer, I realized that a lot of the action in the winter especially in Yellowstone came with a splash of snow from the vigorous action by the animals, and this splash of snow can help to show the motion, as I have seen in many of Chas's pictures which he mastered. I was glad to capture this moment when the bisons head changed direction with the strong impact, generating the splash of snow from the head of the bison on the left.
Winter yellowstone.
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