Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Few More Photos from Elk Island National Park

I thought I would post a few more photos from Elk Island National Park. I have been to this park many times, I have taken home many photos from there, and I’m sure that I will go back many more times. Here are some more photos.

 

   Male Bison painting copy

My friend Russ and I found the fellow walking on the side of the road, looked like he was rolling in the mud, I took a photo of him through the drivers side wind past my friend Russ, who was driving. I made a few grunting sounds and he stopped, he looked straight at us and started to move towards us, I said oh oh, and asked Russ to step on the gas to get out of there. These fellows can move real fast if they want to, so Russ complied and we move very quickly away from him. I looked behind to see if he was in the ditch of where the vehicle was. Well he was in the middle of the road where we were, and looking at us. Wow, that was close.

   Bison Painting copy

   Dry Beaver pond painting2 copy

  This was a Beaver Pond that Was drained be the Park wardens so there would be more grass for the Bison. 

  

22 comments:

  1. These are awesome pictures of this powerful animal.

    Horst, you are brave. You were so close to these bisons. It took away my breath even thinking what could happen.

    Excellent photographs!!!!

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  2. Great photos of these magnificent buffalo. Your story made me smile, Horst.:) What a guy! Sounds like,"Don't fool with the cool because the cool don't fool". You can count your lucky stars he didn't catch up to you.
    Hope all is well with you.
    Dianne :)

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  3. Great photos Horst. I can't imagine being able to photograph such a magnificent animal.

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    1. Hey Beth, all you need to photograph these guys is a long lens and a steady hand. Oh yes, and some fear, so you can get away quick.

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  4. What a beauty. A superb beast.

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  5. Gosh, what a scary experience but at least you got some good shots. Like the drained pond best though, the way the sunlight moves through the trees is lovely, but those dead trees look very sombre. A nice mix.

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  6. Wow what a day and what a magnificent beast , just love the photo's Horst.

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  7. What an experience, Horst. I imagine your heart was beating quickly. You certainly got some winning photos out of the trip.

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  8. you certainly wouldn't want one of these ramming into your car! I know bison should be protected, but I don't understand why they drained the beaver pond?
    Thanks for stopping by my blog Horst. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Hi Jill, there are hundreds of ponds in this National Park. The Beaver had moved on so the pond was not needed.

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  9. These look like wonderful paintings Horst.
    So nicely done!

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  10. Oooo exciting photos!!!!
    Wonderful portrait!!! Very expressive look!!!!!!
    Your pictures are, like paintings!
    Congratulations!!!
    many greetings

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  11. Really wonderful animals. Beautifully photographed and processed.

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  12. I love your photos they are fantastic. I only have a very cheap camera and I get many disappointing shots but just occasionally......
    I well know the feeling you had with the bison. I remember my father doing a very hasty reverse one day with a bull elephant taking a serious look at the front of our vehicle!! Diane

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  13. Looking at these shots, you can imagine what it was like when they roamed free in large numbers. Nice.

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  14. Wow .. here, there have been many fine pictures since I was last here :) They were really nice :)

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  15. Wonderful animals to see Horst... I remember making a paper mache model of one aged nine..
    I bet my my Mum still has it..

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  16. Just found your blog Horst, I really like the effect you use on your shots. Beautiful work!

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  17. Thanks for stopping by Horst and leaving your comments. Always nice to see you. Love your Valentine Header. Great graphics and photos as usual. I hope you have a wonderful and sweet valentines day on Feb. 14th.
    Dianne :)

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  18. The bisons are so beautiful!! and so are your photos too :)

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  19. WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)thanks to be passed by my blog ;)

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