Yellowstone Bison Grazing at Sunset

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A herd of bison grazing in a meadow at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. I shot this on the west side of the park, heading north on the main park road, at a wide meadow past Madison Junction but before the Norris Geyser Basin.

No dodging or burning here--that's the light I saw, shot on Fujichrome 100. The sun broke out from under the clouds for less than a minute, then disappeared for the night.

I had the place to myself. Totally quiet except for the snorting of the bulls, and the breeze in the trees. There's nothing like an evening in Yellowstone.

accidental photographer1 (off flickr for awhile), and 26 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Dan Anderson. 66 months ago | reply

    Pitch perfect John - simply a beautiful slice of nature with amazing colors and details (very smart framing 2)

  2. D_C_D 66 months ago | reply

    great eye to recognize the special moment unfolding before you
    well captured!

  3. sleddogtom [deleted] 66 months ago | reply

    As always perfect lighting!!! You must be living Right !!!

  4. Gordon _Iowa 66 months ago | reply

    Wow... I can feel the moment.

  5. photog84 66 months ago | reply

    What a beautiful shot. The lighting is quite dramatic.

  6. zingpix 66 months ago | reply

    Wonderful (full of wonder)! I have always wanted to do this - go to Yellowstone and photograph Bison. I am envious. Beautiful setting and subjects. Well done.

  7. cjc4454 66 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called **E Ticket**, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    absolutely perfect! the colors, the composition, the bison, the light, everything!!!

  8. Soleil is me. 66 months ago | reply

    Bravo! Greeting from Bangkok:)

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  9. Outdoor Exposure by Denise 66 months ago | reply

    This was one of those mystical moments of nature at it's best. So glad you captured this for us to see! Moments like this is what keeps us shooting & yearning for more of these experiences. Absolutely beautiful & thank you for sharing it!

  10. Mangini Adalberto & Laura - sorry busy - few time 66 months ago | reply

    Seen in **E-Ticket** Best of the Best Photos (invitation only)

  11. Anne L 2009 66 months ago | reply

    This is beautiful!

    Seen in **E-Ticket** Best of the Best Photos (invitation only)

  12. cjc4454 66 months ago | reply

    one of the best photos on Flickr, in my humble opinion :)

    Thanks for adding your amazing photo to **E-Ticket** Invited-Only Photos.
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  14. cjc4454 65 months ago | reply

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  15. Sonora Guy 64 months ago | reply

    This is just great. You were there at the right time and you took the perfect shot.

  16. kugel 60 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called aeiou/[ not a single rule! ], and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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  17. SeattleRay 47 months ago | reply


    I have just finished a collection of 30 pictorial gallery tours of Yellowstone Park. The pictures in each gallery follow the provided NPS maps of 8 destinations and 14 routes. Also there are 8 galleries showing the Yellowstone and Grand Teton seasons. A total of 480 of the 'best' Flicr pictures have been selected. Descriptive text and links to Internet pages have been added to most of the pictures.

    In the galleries, I have included several of your pictures as the 'best' that depicts a particular scenic spot. You can see how this picture blends into one gallery by clicking on this link --
    Madison Junction destination.

    Comments are always welcome. Even attaboys! Thanks for taking and sharing this picture.

    Ray Hitchcock

  18. Michal Renee 5 months ago | reply

    I love the simplicity of the lines in the picture together with the strong contrasts:)

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