Bison and Light Snowfall (Original Photography)

in #photography4 years ago


Winter in Minnesota tends to be snowy, but some years are more so than others. Last year was one of the snowiest in a long while. We had so much, it actually collapsed the roofs of some local buildings and flattened a barn or two.

This year's snow has been fairly light, so far, but talk of a weekend snowstorm has been a near constant sound in the break room at work. Last weekend, we had a light snowfall and, as one does, I drove to the state park to try and photograph the bison in it.

Dreamy Bison

This first photo shows the snowflakes nicely, if one looks closely. The focus was not on the bison, but much closer to the camera. The closer snowflakes are crisper, as a result, and I liked the soft tree and bison fading into the background.

Lonely Poofy-Cow

The herd was quite a ways off the road, but I have a nice tele lens from Canon. So far, it's my favorite lens. The shallow depth of field, combined with the atmospheric perspective, really isolate this individual bison. It would have been better if she had looked at me, but she was too busy munching on cold, dry scrub brush to strike a pose.

Bison Version of Me

This is nearly the same moment and composition as the first photo, but I focused the bison this time and included the one on the far right. I've found myself alone more than not, of late, and can definitely identify with that bison on its own.

As I write this, I am stuck in my apartment. A major winter storm is dumping snow on southern Minnesota. Flex time allowed me to leave work just after noon, but the drive back took twice as long as usual and, of course, people were in a hurry and driving recklessly. I'm not sure if I'll be able to get out for photos until it's over. The forecast for tomorrow morning involves 40mph (60kph) wind gusts and blizzard conditions.

Thank you for taking a look! If you enjoy my work, please click the upvote button. Comments are also greatly appreciated.



Yup, time to bundle up OR put your heated seats on high and go for a drive :)
It's been an extra warm January in Florida this year (doing my happy dance:) and I'm dreading heading back to the frozen North in a couple of weeks.

It's been frigid here since Saturday. Our High temp didn't break 7º Fahrenheit until today, so most of the weekend was spent hiding in my apartment. I did cruise through the bison enclosure, but they were all hunkered down out of sight. They're not dumb, despite the hairdo!

Dang it I missed up voting this again. Can you simply reply Hi back. Apparently it’s a way around missing upvoting on an old post :)

these are great winter bison captures 💯👀

Howdy sir fotosdenada! Great shots here, I really like the effects, especially of the first one. The job is going well? Are the people nice there?

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