When I was asked why I was spending six months in Yellowstone National Park, my answer was to take at least one good photo of a wolf, an animal that is hard to photograph in any other part of the world. Looking back on this period, November 10th 2016 until April 30th 2017, I can say I am happy with what I have gotten. I selected some of my favorites to share (again) in this one post (see my FB page!), along with some statistics that I kept track of during my stay. The first photo is a previous unpublished photo of the collared alpha female of the Lamar Canyon pack, 926F.
Out of 171 days in Gardiner I went into the park for 143 days. 28 days I was not in the park, mostly because of problems with my car, and a week of ski in Big Sky. During 143 days I spend some 1477 hours in the park, which is an average of just above 10 hours per day.
Out of 143 days, I had 117 days that I saw wolves, of which 15 were absolutely amazing (for photography). 26 days I did not see wolves, sometimes by choice.
I have seen 65 unique wolves, divided over 6 packs, and 1 that roamed by itself. I have had 823 wolf sightings in total, with each wolf counted maximum one time per day.
I must say that although I initially came to photograph wolves, observing them, even from a huge distance, has grown on me. It was magnificent to observe behavior and see their pack’s evolution. Yellowstone is an amazing opportunity to just do that, and winter probably the perfect time.
And, with wolf always been the main priority, the other wildlife is beyond words, just truly amazing. Otters, weasels, foxes, owl, moose, elk, bison, eagles, other birds, bears, and yes, even coyotes, Yellowstone provides a natural habitat to all these species and an unique opportunity to see them all.
As I’m writing this, I am already back in Yellowstone, trying to continue to capture its beauty for a bit more…
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