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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Where the Buffalo roam
After passing over Dead Indian Pass, the road from Cody Wyoming into the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone dropped into deep valleys with creeks and rivers surrounded by mountain ranges. Between the Yellowstone National Park N.E. entrance and Tower Junction, some of the valleys widened into large grassy areas perfect for the large herds of Buffalo that we saw there. This image was taken with my 24mm lens with an exposure of 1/250 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 100.
These herds of Buffalo were hundreds strong and we saw several different herds in at least 3 or 4 places along the roads inside the park. There were many young ones mixed in as you can see above. This image was taken with my 75-300mm lens at 300mm focal length with an exposure of 1/250 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 100.
This bull was on a hill near the roadway overlooking the valley where the rest of the herd was. There were a few others on the other side of the road as well. This guy was eyeing the visitors like us pulled off the side of the road in a pullout as he slowly worked his way down into the valley. There are warnings in the park literature and at park facilities about the dangers of the wildlife in the park. I could imagine how bad it might be if an animal this large decided he didn't like the way you were looking at him and decided to charge your car or even you standing outside of it! This image was taken at 300mm focal length with an exposure of 1/200 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 100.
A few minutes later, the same bull had moved down into the valley and was rejoining the rest of the herd. These animals are magnificent creatures and their return in strength of numbers was obvious in Yellowstone. This image was taken at 300mm focal length with an exposure of 1/160 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 100.
We passed other herds of Buffalo and I promise to post some more pictures an a later post.