Three Amigos by Ken McElroy

Just a few miles inside Yellowstone is an area that attracts the mature bulls during the winter. On a lucky Friday the 13th recently I encounter a group of five large bulls. They provided this rare group picture opportunity though not without challenge as they were hanging about half mile off the road necessitating a hike with full gear through crusty snow which at times rose to mid thigh.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.

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16 Features, Favorited by 32

This image was selected to illustrate the recently published book;
Knowing Yellowstone; Science in America’s First National Park,
Jerry Johnson, editor
by Taylor Trade Publishing.

Canon EOS-1D, Mark II, Canon 500 f4L IS 1.4 Extender – 1/800@ f/16, ISO 200. Bogen 3411 w Wimberley style head. Processed in Adobe Lightroom 2.2.


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3rd Generation Montanan, raised with a camera in hand, matriculated at U of M (GRIZ) with degrees in History and Creative Writing. Amassing Canon gear to enjoy in my retirement. I spend whatever time I can in Yellowstone and various other Montana wild venues.

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  • Jake Freeedman
    Jake Freeedmanabout 6 years ago

    Very nice photo, I love yellowstone. Was this by Haden Valley?

  • Ken McElroy
    Ken McElroyabout 6 years ago

    No – this is in the NW corner of the Park, a few miles past Mammoth on the road to Tower.

  • ilpo laurila
    ilpo laurilaabout 6 years ago

    This is really wonderful captured.

  • Patty Boyte
    Patty Boyteabout 6 years ago

    Amasing!! Your wildlife shots are second to none, brilliant capture.

  • Ken McElroy
    Ken McElroyabout 6 years ago

    Very kind of you Patty. I put a lot of love aned effort into getting these shots so really appreciate that you connect with them.

  • MountainHawk
    MountainHawkabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot! Love the title!

  • TimADeVore
    TimADeVoreabout 6 years ago

    Stunning capture, wonderful contrast and composition☺


  • Thank you for the feature – very glad you enjoyed the image.

    – Ken McElroy

  • Enivea
    Eniveaabout 6 years ago

    Brilliant shot! Congrats on your feature, and thanks for the effort involved in getting this image.

  • Thank you so much – it was worth the effort.

    – Ken McElroy

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 6 years ago

    Wow!! you’re lucky they didn’t bolt!! Congrats on your feature!

  • Dave Lloyd
    Dave Lloydabout 6 years ago

    Excellent. Great composition.

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