June in Yellowstone

Many joke that in Yellowstone we only have two seasons, winter and summer. 2011 definitely felt like that with lots of snow at the end of May and then the warm weather appeared. Many, myself included, feel that Yellowstone might get a little crowded during the brief summer, between Memorial Day and Labor Day; however, all that you need to do is leave the roads and Yellowstone feels like it’s your own personal park.

2011 was the year of the 100 year flood. It was truly an amazing amount of water, and that turned into an amazing amount of green as soon as the snow was gone.

Two bull Bison begin to cross the flooded Lamar River as the sun rises above the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 5DII with 70-200/2.8L IS II in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of – 2/3 (+-1) at ISO200, f/11, and HDRM adjustments for a three shot image. The camera was mounted on an Induro CT214 and Acratech GP ball head.

A Cinnamon Black Bear searches for bird's nests in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 7D with 500/4.0L IS + 1.4 TC III in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of 0 at ISO400, f/5.6, and 1/160th of a second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS and Induro GHB2 gimbal head with custom long lens support.

Four members (one out of frame) of the Canyon Pack of Wolves attempt to separate a cow Elk in the Hayden Valley of Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 7D with 500/4.0L IS + 1.4 TC III in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of 0 at ISO400, f/7.1, and 1/320th of a second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS and Induro GHB2 gimbal head with custom long lens support.

A male Osprey returns to his nest that is occupied by his mate and their two hatchlings in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 7D with 500/4.0L IS + 1.4 TC III in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of + 1/3 at ISO400, f/7.1, and 1/400th of a second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS and Induro GHB2 gimbal head with custom long lens support.

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