Yellowstone in the winter is one of the most inspiring winter landscapes I have ever encountered. Aside from Greenland, Yellowstone is my favorite location to travel for pictures if you are looking for amazing winter photos. This compilation of winter photos highlights my winter bison pictures in Yellowstone National Park. Capturing photos of wildlife in the park require patience, a bit of adventure and the willingness to ride snowmobiles in the cold. All photos were taken by myself, Jared Lawson Photography.
This bison profile is my favorite of the winter bison collection. This guy was extremely photogenic - he didn't seem bothered by me trekking through the snow in the distance. If you go out to photograph bison be sure to keep your distance - even in the snow they will keep a close eye on you...they are much bigger in person than you may expect.
As earlier stated - be careful when photographing bison, even during the winter months. The bison do move slower in winter, conserving energy. However, as you try and move in for a photo they will definitely keep an eye on you. I brought along several telephoto lenses to be sure to capture the bison in their element and disturb them as little as possible. This photo shows the bison stare as this big male knew exactly where I was at all times.
My favorite part of the picture above is the bison grazing through the snow while the natural steam billows in the background. I am fond of black and white images during the winter because this scene felt as such in the real moment. Surrounded by snow, Yellowstone National Park can be a lot to take in - I loved photographing this lonely bison...and the best part of winter photography in Yellowstone is the minimal amount of other tourists or photographers you will be around.
This photo may not be the best of this compilation, but it is one of my favorites because of the story behind the photo. This bison is one of the older males in the park - alone and a great distance from any other bison, in fact we didn't see any for miles after him. While it is difficult to tell in this photo, he was by far the largest bison we encountered during our days exploring the park. After waiting for an extended amount of time, this bison finally cleared the trees but refused to cooperate giving me a great shot of his face. I loved the composition of the trees in this photo, dusted with fresh snow.
My goal for this winter photography trip was to capture the bison in their natural environment. This photo is one of my favorites - catching this lonely bison taking a break from the daily routine as the snow fell around him. This bison highlights the wildlife in Yellowstone National Park - I love the contrast of this natural picture, showing the life of a bison during winter in Yellowstone.