Survival by Gary Lengyel


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A lone young bison taking refuge from the cold at this thermal feature in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Bison can take some pretty extreme cold, typically down to -30F. But they’re smart, too, as they seek out the thermal areas of the park to warm up. And they know they can’t drink the water.

Nikon D300, AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens


  • Barbara Burkhardt
    Barbara Burkhardtabout 5 years ago

    Clever Bison … makes sense why there are so many there now!! Great find, hope you kept warm too.

  • Thanks for the comment Barbara. They were great to watch around the thermal areas. And yes, I kept warm :)

    – Gary Lengyel

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickabout 5 years ago

    Another great shot Gary!

  • Thank you Kimberly!

    – Gary Lengyel

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture of the harsh winter environment that the Bisons and other wild animals have to endure in Yellowstone National Park. Poor young Bison appears to be less than the ideal weight for the winter season and I am sure he is taking in all the thermal heat he can get.

  • Hi Sandy. That’s exactly what I wanted to show here. Glad you see it.

    – Gary Lengyel

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 5 years ago

    I really like this one Gary, great shot!!

  • Thank you, glad you like it!

    – Gary Lengyel

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseabout 5 years ago

    Amazing image!

  • Thank you Rosie!

    – Gary Lengyel

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonabout 5 years ago

    Nice catch Gary and it sure does look brutal there !

  • Thanks Curtis. It’s extremely brutal there in winter.

    – Gary Lengyel

  • Heather Haderly
    Heather Haderlyabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot!

  • Thank you Heather!

    – Gary Lengyel

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture!!
    Just watched a TV special of the Bison of Yellowstone, I was amazed that they will go to these thermal spots even though they are toxic to them!! In the brutal Winter’s of Yellowstone, it is often their only recourse for life!!

  • Hi Ruth, I’ve seen that same show. Pretty amazing. Sort of a damned if you do, damned if you don’t. it was amazing to see their struggle in winter.

    – Gary Lengyel

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertabout 5 years ago

    Yes!! It is the lesser of two evils I guess! It was an amazing show—I love these documentations of the animals and their life struggles! Love those NatG-O programs!!!

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...about 5 years ago

    I would love to see one of these amazing animals in person. beautiful shot


  • Thanks – go for it!!! :)

    – Gary Lengyel

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