26 May 15. While we failed to capture on camera the birth of a bison, we certainly got to see lots of the little fellas. Perhaps little in the absolute sense is a bit off, but when compared to mamma and papa it is a fitting term. This is a shot from the area between Mammoth Hot Springs and Roosevelt Junction and it is generally inhabited by lots of bison, at least in the spring and fall periods when we visit. During the spring it is primarily groups of cows and calves (red dogs). I'll just venture that they are also there in the summer. You can get quite close to them camera-wise with little prospect of danger, as these herds are plagued by visitors whenever the park is open. I had a couple of cows approach me within 10 yards while I was taking these photos and they were completely uninterested in me as long as I kept doing what I do, which is to talk to them and watch how they respond. If I need to leave or stop what I'm doing they are fully capable of letting me know in a non-threatening way. That of course implies that I respond accordingly to their wishes which I ALWAYS do. They can of course be dangerous, but no more so than say a snake, which will always elect to take the avoidance route if given even the slightest opportunity. So when you go visit, take the time to learn about their body language and then go mingle with them. It is a wonderful experience either with them on your property or you visiting their turf.
The original image was given some contrast enhancement, then converted to B&W with some small adjustments color wise made after the conversion. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/640 sec @ f / 9.