Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
500 mm Lens

Backlit by the setting sun, a bull bison, the thunder beast by native Americans, rolls in the dirt and sets the scene on fire. Pleaes view large and find the bison’s eye in the dust.

Bison are North America’s largest land mammal. Has a distinctive humped profile with larger forequarters and smaller hindquarters; these traits are more pronounced in males. The brown wooly pelage is thickest around the neck, extending onto the shoulders and back in males. Males also have larger horns, which are stouter and more curled; female horns are more slender with upward pointing tips. Calves are reddish. Hair is longer in the winter. The Endangered Wood Bison (B. b. athabascae) from western Canada is slightly taller, darker, and woolier, with a larger hump than the Plains Bison

The bison breeding season is July-August, gestation length is 285 days, and females have only a single calf with birth coinciding with spring greenup. Females leave the herd and lie down to give birth. The female fiercely defends the newborn calf. Sexual maturity is reached at age 2.

Habitat: Forests & woodlands, Grasslands & prairies, Meadows & fields

Range: Rocky Mountains, Western Canada, Alaska

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I started out as an artist, became a pilot, and ended up where I am now: nature photographer and educator. Being a pilot allowed me to observe the Earth and humanity’s impact on it from 30,000 feet for many years. It allowed me to experience different cultures and to see the world through many lenses.

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  • Themis
    Themisover 2 years ago

    Wow! He’s really enjoying that, isn’t he?! Brilliant take

  • thank you Themis :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Judith Hayes
    Judith Hayesover 2 years ago

    I can see how my grandmother would have thought this was a vision had it passed before her eyes. It’s an amazing capture!

  • thank you Judith :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettover 2 years ago

    Amazing capture William.

  • thank you Bob :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 2 years ago

    January 17th, 2012
    Wonderful image William.
    Please see your feature in large format HERE

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    16 January 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Evita
    Evitaover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work… Congratulations on your feature !!!
    Nature In Its Entirety-NOTHING MAN MADE- FEATURES January 18th 2012

    This work is eligible to enter in our Featured Work January 2012 Challenge
    Good Luck

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • swaby
    swabyover 2 years ago

    Wow excellent shot!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • xxnatbxx
    xxnatbxxover 2 years ago

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    This is way COOL!!!!

  • thank you Lori, sorry i was so late on this one :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Miles Glynn
    Miles Glynnover 2 years ago

    Fantastic shot William.

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

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