Friday, October 31, 2008

Yellowstone National Park-The Lamar Valley


Located in Yellowstone National Park between Cooke City and Silver Gate,Montana at the eastern entrance, and Tower Junction, The Lamar Valley is often called "The American Serengeti", because of its' abundance of wildlife. It is also a place of stunning scenic beauty.


Canon 30-D 17-40mmL at 20mm

It is common to see large herds of buffalo grazing in the meadows by the roadside. Once they roamed the west in great numbers, but fell victim to exploitation and were almost eliminated. Today, they exist in only a few places and are still the center of controversy as they are often shot or harassed when they leave park lands.

Herd of buffalo near The Lamar River
Canon 30-D 17-40mmL at 40mm


A Solitary Bull Buffalo: Canon 40-D: 300mmF4-2x extender

While I usually do not use the 2x extender it did give passable results in the above photo. I find that in most cases it is best to use the 1.4X or the lens without an extender and then crop the photo as needed.

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21 comments:

Gretchen said...

Gorgeous photos! I agree about the doubler. I've tried them and find it's not worth the loss of quality. I just have to be quicker with my shutter. :)

Hope everyone is having a Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain!

T and S said...

Beautiful series and the lone bull is my pick in this series given the fact that you have used manual focus for this shot and produced fabulous results.

The 2x convertor sure did produce good results.

fishing guy said...

Willard: What a great piace for someone with your talent to visit. You captured it beautifully. The buffalo is so neat.

Ken Conger Photography said...

Nice shots. Agree with your assessment of the 2X. It usually takes up weight in my Lowepro. Blue Skies.

lv2scpbk said...

I really like that close up photo.

Carletta said...

'The American Serengeti' - that certainly fits the mood of the second photo.
I love the layers of sky in the first image.
It's always nice to see your work Willard - how many chances will I have to see a buffalo that close - thanks! :)

Lara said...

amazing shots! you will never see such thing in this part of the world!

Picturing of Life said...

wow...COOL. Last one is my fav

Mine CC post in HERE. Hope you have time to visit. Thanks.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Seeing buffalo in the wild must be amazing! Thank goodness many world governments have been wise enough to preserve some land for wildlife. I wonder if the land looks much the same as it did when the first Europeans moved across the plains...or if we've altered it a bit without even knowing we have.

Kerri said...

Superb! I would love to see a buffalo!

The Birdlady said...

Wonderful pictures, Willard. That buffalo shot is a WINNER.

Modesto Viegas said...

interesting blog, with great photos!
congratulations!

DeeMom said...

wow love all the photos, esp the last one, what a lovely animal

Tommy said...

wonderful post. I would love to have seen the buffalo back in the day when they covered the prairies. Thanks for the tip on the extender too.

T and S said...

Willard : Pl. checkout my latest post, I have suprise for you in it...Cheers Thomas

Misty Dawn said...

This is on my "Places I'd Love to Visit Someday" list. It looks like such an amazing area.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I spent about two years doing research at the Federal Government on bison bison and never saw a live buffalo. Lots of information is available there and I used most of it to write a book about the Buffalo and Indians. There were estimates that 60 million animals once roamed this place in two herds. The northern and southern. Then there were the Wood Buffalo. Smaller, and mostly black that lived in the eastern US forests. They were, as you said, wiped out except for about 500 animals kept on a ranch and from that stock most of the bison alive today are related.

The slaughter was encouraged by the US Government and most newspapers at the time gloated that the Army was killing the Indians grocery store.

It is a long story brought back by seeing the post. Excellent photos.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

A very interesting site as I am much of a wildlife lover myself. You should come to Africa and experience our game parks, I think you would enjoy them too.

Denise said...

Wonderful photos, and the close-up of the bison is magnificent.

Dina said...

What a handsome buffalo. I dream of seeing one someday.

Louise said...

What incredible captures. The landscapes take me to another place--the colors, the solidtude. The buffalo is superb.