Photo of the Week- "MInus Twenty Five"

January 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Minus Twenty FiveMinus Twenty FiveSubject- Bull Bison

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Bison endure the hardships of winter like each other species in Yellowstone National Park but each species has different survival techniques.  Bears sleep away the winter deep, deer move to lower elevations and pronghorn migrate even farther.  But the big bull bison will plow through the deep snow and scrap out a living on the meager grasses under the many feet of snow.  On mornings such as this one, where the temperatures reach as cold as -25°F, healthy bison keep their body heat under the layers of insulation allowing ice, frost, and snow to accumulate on their coats.  It's dramatic to see a large bison covered in frost but it does mean the animal is healthy.  Healthy or not, I was glad to be in the warmth of my car after photographing this bull.


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