16 Mar 15. During a visit to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks back 2007, we spent the better part of 3 days in Grand Tetons with rain as an almost constant companion. It did dampen things a bit to be sure, but we went out every day in spite of the weather to shoot, sometimes with one of us holding a large umbrella over both of us. At times it was really depressing to have the rain washing out everything, but every so often the rains would break, the clouds would dissipate, and the lighting would be the kind that makes for dramatic images. One afternoon were we slowly driving along one of the main roads and watching a large herd of bison moving parallel with us along a ridge top perhaps 300 yards to our right. As we drove along we noticed that the herd was moving not only parallel to us but angling down towards us. Not having much traffic on the road with us at the time, we decided to stop on the edge of the road and watch. As we did, the entire herd directed its attention to us and moved closer and closer to the vehicle, all several hundred of them. By this time a "few" more vehicles had stopped behind us to watch the activity. After perhaps 30 minutes the entire herd was mingling near the edge of the roadway when the commander-in-chief decided it was time for the entire herd to leisurely meander across the road. That 90 minute traffic jam was the best one we ever experienced and I got a lot of photos from the group traversing the hill side to standing right next to the SUV, on all sides. They didn't mind me standing right alongside the vehicle so I was able to take what you might call some nice close up, real close! This shot is one I made while they were amassing on the filed before transiting. I've cropped off the bottom to give it more of a African plains perspective, except these are bison and not gnus.
The original image was adjusted for best overall color, the clouds given a bit of contrast enhancement to emphasize the storm we had just encountered, and then the yellows adjusted to look like the aspens did in full sunlight. D200; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/1000 sec @ f / 6.3.