28 Nov 16. Our first day in the park had us playing tag with an ever threatening storm as we worked our way from the park's west entrance to Old Faithful. Along the way we paid a visit to the Fountain Flat area directly north of the thermal zones. It's a dead end road to a day time only camp ground allowing for access to both the Nez Perce and Fairy Creeks, both of which are tributaries to the Firehole River which joins the Gibbon River to form the Madison River, a main MT trout fishing river. As we approached the eating area we had anglers on our right and a nice herd of bison on our left with the storm clouds overhead. Before we could park to get out and do some shooting the storm decided to lighten its burden and in a moments time we found ourselves, as did the bison, in a gully washer. We remained in the vehicle shooting out through open windows but the bison just had to stand there and take it. This guy just let it fall on him and run off for a couple of minutes, then just shook himself and began a slow but purposeful walk toward a small stand of trees. (Zoom in and you can see the rain falling.) By the time he made it there the rain had quit so he took a ninety and headed down to the creek for a drink. We just left looking for more subjects which we were to find a few minutes later along with a break in the clouds accompanied by both sunshine and some very lovely storm light.
This is almost straight from the camera save for a bit of selective enhancing of the sky to properly bring out the clouds as we saw them. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/400 sec @ f / 8.
Daily Image - Nov 2016 Archive