19 Dec 16. Driving south on HWY-191 in MT this is the first glimpse you get of the Madison River. At this point it is mostly just a back water you are viewing, and in this view you can't see the actual river at all. We pass it in both directions whenever we go into West Yellowstone, and every time we do we both look to see if there is a moose around for us to photograph. Somehow it just seems like there should be at least one resident in the area. I'm told that on rare occasion moose have been seen here in the area, but to date we have not been so fortunate. We shall however keep looking. Frequently there are a number of waterfowl swimming around such as there were when I snapped this shot. This last visit in Sept was the first time I had ever seen it fully in color, and we saw it such in good sunlight on just one day, but that was all I needed to fully appreciate it's beauty. There are just under a dozen ducks in this capture but as I'm not a birder I can't tell you what they are. This is about as beautiful as these willows get, and when you get to see acres of them at a time, such as you do on HWY-191 within the far western boundary of the park, it is something you will never forget. This last trip was one such venture.
This is pretty much straight from the camera. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/400 sec @ f / 8.