Pete Bengeyfield: Blog en-us (C) Pete Bengeyfield (Pete Bengeyfield) Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:50:00 GMT Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:50:00 GMT Pete Bengeyfield: Blog 120 82 THE DAY THE DAYOne day last spring in Yellowstone was so exceptional for grizzly bear photography that I simply refer to it now as The Day. It went like this: At the end of each winter as bison migrate back to Yellowstone's Northern Range, they must pass Blacktail Ponds. The ponds span the valley, and bison often break through the ice and drown. Bears emerging from hibernation know this and show up to fish the bison carcasses out. On The Day, there were four bears on a carcass. Two left before it got light, while the other two stayed. The dominant bear controlled the carcass while the other, this one, waited his turn. You could almost hear him thinking: " As long as I have to wait, what can I do to make these photographers happy? I'll bet they'd like it if I went over to this snowbank and rolled around for a little while. Then maybe if I went and swam in the pond, breaking up the ice and splashing in the water they'd like that. And then, If I'd lay down right below them and chew on some old bones, they'd really like that." It was amazing. For about half the day it was like this bear was following a script. It'll be a long time before another day like it.

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Granite Park

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Sandhill Migration shc-425-dshc-425-dRowe Sanctuary
Platte River, NE.

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The Year of the Fox This was the year of the fox on Yellowstone's Northern Range.  There were at least seven of them at various times between Floating Island Lake and the Buffalo Ranch.  They were fairly tolerant and easy to photograph.  This one just made a leap on a vole, but missed.  Look in the fox gallery to see a couple of leaps. Missed that One

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The Elusive Bobcat The Elusive Bobcat

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Mousing MousingLast week I went down to Yellowstone for a few days. It was pretty slow out in Lamar. I don't think there was enough snow to push the elk down very far, so the wolves were still up pretty high as well. I did manage to get a couple coyotes mousing in Round Prairie though. We had quite a bit of snow in Dillon this week, so I'm sure the Park got a bunch as well.

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Chesler Park Sunrise Chesler SunriseChesler SunriseA sunrise starburst at Chesler Park, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

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Elegant Trogon Elegant trogonElegant trogonElegant trogon, Patagonia State park, Arizona

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Fall Snowfall Early SnowEarly SnowAn early snowfall in the Tetons obscures the aspen leaves still on the trees. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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Bacteria Rainbow Bacteria RainbowBacteria RainbowBacteria patterns in thermal area, Yellowstone National Park

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Different Directions Different Directions IIDifferent Directions IIThe Navajo Sandstone once formed a desert much like today's Sahara. Subsequent twisting, sliding and other deformation eventually created the broken formations we see today. White Pocket, Arizona

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Grand Prismatic Spring Grand PrismaticGrand PrismaticBacteria patterns at Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

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On Golden Pond On Golden PondOn Golden PondA Trumpeter swan flexes its wings, Floating Island Lake, Yellowstone National Park

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Battling Buddies Battlin' BuddiesBattlin' BuddiesA pair of sibling grizzly bears wrestle in Yellowstone's Lamar Valley.

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Predawn Challenge Dawn ChallengeDawn ChallengeA bull elk bugles a challenge, Yellowstone National Park

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Canyon Reflection Canyon ReflectionCanyon ReflectionA cottonwood tree is reflected in Coyote Gulch, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument

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After the Meal wlf-847-dwlf-847-dGrey wolf, Yellowstone National Park

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Lightning Strike Lightning StrikeLightning StrikeA lightning bolt hits Black Butte in Montana's Gravelly Mountains, Beaverhead National Forest

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White Pocket Dawn Pink DawnPink DawnDawn alpenglow lights up White Pockets, Utah.

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Food Fight Food FightFood FightA pair of coyotes squabble over a meal, Yellowstone National Park

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