26 Jun 17 Back in 2013 during our first visit to the National Bison Range, we were stopped at the gate prior to entering and while Jan was doing something I don't remember, a lone bull bison walked nearby, maybe 50 yards away, and just stopped as if posing. I took several shots of him and as it turned out one of them was among my all time favorite photos. I worked up a couple versions of the shot and liked one well enough to print for the wall over the couch in the condo. [Now before anyone gets worked up over that comment please understand that in as much as I see my stuff ALL the time, my tendency is to put the work of others on our walls. I can look at my stuff any time I want without needing to print it out.] It hung there for a while, then got moved to a prime spot over the fireplace. Shortly after that move a neighbor and friend commented off hand just how much he liked that framed print so I gave it to him. I never reprinted it. However, since that time I've been on the lookout for another that might replace it. I saw the perfect replacement during our next to last day in Yellowstone this last trip but the traffic was heavy and there was no easy place to pull off so by the time I could stop it was too late. This was a very large bull strolling through the snow with the absolute perfect lighting. Oh well was my thought. Then the next day on my last trip into the park, Jan having elected to take the day off and just relax, on my way out I came upon another nice sized bull, albeit somewhat smaller than the one on the previous day, who was slowly but steadily making his way along a strip of new grass aside the Madison River. I followed him for several minutes in the SUV, then stopped when it looked like he might pause a bit, and started shooting. At one point he acted as if he knew I was taking his portrait and just stood very still looking a bit downward but in my direction. I'm sharing my favorite of those shots today. Much of his winter insulation has been shed but there is much more to rub off. Oddly, in all our visits to the park, as well as observing those around here on farms, I've never seen one completely devoid of the winter coat.
This is generally straight from the camera save for some cropping, the application of a vignette which I hope you couldn't tell, and a localized adjustment for the greens that didn't record as I saw them. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO 800; 1/320 sec @ f / 9.