I can never get enough of Yellowstone, you may be sick of hearing me say this, but Yellowstone is definitely my favorite place in the world, and I will never pass up any opportunity to visit, specially in winter. Well this past January I was very fortunate to go in a much more relax and leisurely setting than when I am leading workshops with many clients.
Don’t get me wrong I love leading these workshops out there while helping participants make the best images that they can and meeting new enthusiastic photographers, however during those workshops my focus and priority is that the workshop participants make the best images that they can, my photography comes a distant second.
While this trip was no different than a regular workshops in many respects, in that my photography was still a secondary concern, having only one person to worry about allowed me much more time to make some great images for myself.
This year, as in most of the northern US there has been a significant shortage of snow. While the interior of the park has accumulations much higher than the surrounding areas I’ve never seen so little snow inside the park. This in contrast with last year where we saw record accumulations, to the point that it slowed down our snow coach trips significantly. What this meant is that we did not see as much wildlife as we would normally see since the higher elevations still offered sufficient foraging for the herbivores, and where there are herbivores the carnivores follow. Yet the scarcity of snow did not prevent us from making some spectacular images.
Here is a brief sampling of the best images I made during the 4 days we got to spend in the park.