24 Apr 14. With the snow now departing the Yellowstone area, it will soon be birthing time. Don't know if we'll make it there this year for the event, but if not, I certainly plan to be there in 2015 to hopefully capture the birth of a bison. That would be a fun thing to do, and if I were lucky enough to record the birth of one unusual looking one like in the picture - really dreaming now - I just might be inclined to name it something memorable. Wouldn't quite be the same as helping my cousin whose calves I can watch grow up on a regular basis, but then again, it would be a much rarer experience, and one I don't think I'd quickly forget! These guys were enjoying a leisurely breakfast not far from a very active geyser with some of the herd members much closer to the activity than were those you see in the image. My initial thought was that a longer lens than that which I typically use would make for a really good shot, but as it turned out the better shots were with a wider viewpoint, so I used the standard 18 - 200 in a wide angle setting to take in the broader expanse and then cropped off from the top and bottom edges to get the exact perspective I wanted. The hardest part of the shoot was restraining myself from walking out into the herd. While I didn't have any qualms about my safety, I simply didn't want to disturb the animals who were already dong a very fine job of posing for me, even if that wasn't their intent. This is obviously a creative image, in the format of a water color, and a look I liked even better than the original once I was finished playing with it. Heading back to West Yellowstone for a week in early May; it will be our first time there in early Spring, and I'm anxious to get there to see how it looks in that season as we've only seen it in the fall in all our previous visits. Who knows, maybe we'll even get to see that hoped for birth. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 125; 1/250th sec @ f / 8.