15 Jun15. Drive into Yellowstone from the west entrance, follow the Madison River to Madison Junction, then take a right turn at the junction where the Firehole River joins the Madison River. Follow that road, take the Firehole River Loop Road if you desire, well worth it!!!, and continue along the road looking to your right at the Firehole River. With not much driving, and a little bit of luck, you will come upon a few Trumpeter Swans. They are hard to miss being LARGE birds with black beaks and pure white plumage. They like the shallow water of the Firehole River and can be observed causally paddling around while feeding on the abundant plant life on the river bottom. We have generally found them in pairs on the Firehole River but in groups on the Yellowstone River. Either way they are beautiful birds and always a treat to watch and photograph. These two were for the most part oblivious of our presence as long as we didn't get too close to the shoreline. One of them had a single feather that was sticking up as though the bird was under sail and I thought with the breeze present at the time it would blow off but it refused to do so. As it provided a point of interest with the bird I decided to leave it in the photos.
I cropped the base image for better composition, adjusted for max tonality, added a tiny bit of micro contrast adjustment as always, and that was it. Nikon D300s, 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/640 sec @ f /10.