I hope everyone is enjoying the festive period. The severe storm in the UK took our power out on Monday and we have just got it back three days later! Fortunately we were not spending Christmas here in West Sussex so the only inconvenience is coming back to a cold house that we are trying to warm, and a warm freezer! Others were less fortunate and have had no Christmas meals, warmth, showers, TV, radio, internet etc. And guess what we have another major storm coming tonight that is expected to give further widespread disruption. Several villages near us are still flooded from Monday's storm.
So I thought that I would post a picture to remind me that we were considerably colder in Yellowstone two years ago. This elk ran across the road so I quickly snapped it. The picture was taken along the road from the West Yellowstone entrance that follows the Madison River. Access to Yellowstone National Park is restricted in winter and specialist tracked vehicles have to be used. Within Yellowstone lies the Yellowstone Caldera which is the largest super volcano on the North American continent. The park is probably best known for its geothermal features but it also has an ecosystem that contains beautiful sub-alpine forest and meadows, canyons, rivers and lakes.
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Subhogen (4049) 2013-12-26 7:03
This is just awesome. I like the detailing on the elk, it is superb. You have stopped it in mid air!! The track marks and the shadow and light pattern is breaking the monotony of the white snowy FG. Superb natural framing with the tree.
Thanks for sharing an excellent shot.
Hope the New Year brings better weather in England.
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-12-26 7:19
good morning ann!
great action shot and yes, this photograph does indeed say WINTER!
you have captured those crisp blue/gray shadows the sun throws onto the snow, as well as the snow-trimmed pine trees very nicely. but the star of the show is the amazing elk in full gallop (or whatever it is that elks do), with its eye on your approaching vehicle. quick thinking & great capture! and a great choice to share today :)
i hope the warmth soon leaves your freezer and returns instead to its more welcome location inside your house!
rbassin (15098) 2013-12-26 7:35
Une belle image, dynamique, bonne rapidité d'exécution.
un Elan bien capté dans sa course.
yquem46 (38118) 2013-12-26 9:02
Really a splendid action shot, you've been very reactive on this one !
A luminous crisp image, great light
best regards, enjoy the Xmas season
patpatch (1089) 2013-12-26 9:11
A mervellous shot.An Hymn to the beauty of the nature.If the elk was running,the sharpness and the frame are perfect,it's very impressive.
I like the colours,the luminosity and also the drawing of the shadows on the snow.
The light management is beautiful.
tyro (17314) 2013-12-26 10:26
I hope you had a good Christmas yesterday and that you're managing to get your own house warmed up. I hope too that your home hasn't suffered any real damage.
This is a wonderful picture and it certainly does convey the feeling of intense cold as well as being a wonderful action shot of an elk in full flight as it rushes across the snow bound road.
Despite the fact that you have obviously taken this picture very quickly, we see the elk in perfect focus against a nicely out of focus background. The light and shows on the snow are beautiful, your exposure perfect (the snow is definitely white and not grey) and the details and sharpness are excellent.
The only very slightly disappointing thing is that the face of the elk is in quite deep shadow so (and I hope you don't mind) I've done a quick workshop in an attempt to lighten that part - playing around with levels and layer masks as usual!
But this really is a stunning photograph, Ann!
siudzi (29697) 2013-12-26 11:49
This is absolutely spectacular shot taken with a superb sense of the moment! Bravo! A top class image.
Sorry to hear about your problems and now the coming storm. Hope it will change soon. Take care!
lousat (68683) 2013-12-26 12:49
Hi Ann,now we are under a lot of rain,the clouds arriving in Italy and it's raining very hard since 3 days....but i'm lucky too,living far of flood dangers.And now a big and long standing ovation for this fantastic memory of your visit to the Yellowstone Park in winter,a spectacular capture with the best quality as possible,i like it! I wish you all the best and thanks for share,Luciano
daddo (21512) 2013-12-26 15:09
Hi Ann. You must be fast on the trigger. Great clarity and beautiful light. I do like the undulating shadows and the lovely trees sprinkled with snow. have a happy and healthy new year.Hopefully the gods will be kinder around new year's celebrations and there will be light and warmth. Best wishes. Klaudio.
fabbs99 (14499) 2013-12-26 19:18
Amazing shot of the elk running in the snow.Very well composed photo with excellent vivid colors.The light management and shadows are awesome. A quality image and stunning presentation. TFS.
adidas5nb (4073) 2013-12-26 23:34
amazing capture this 1..with great timing and light management under snow.love the pov and the over all feel of the pic.love the sharp focusing on the elk.
COSTANTINO (47840) 2013-12-26 23:43
thanks for sharing this shot with us
and we also enjoy this festive period
fantastic and delicate capture
for romantic pople
artistic shot with shadows and
lights play together
ypu are a lucky photographer
because you took this shot
the right timing
timecapturer (41938) 2013-12-27 6:11
lovely action shot from the magic of winter in Yellowstone. A perfectly executed and presented image.
PS no damage to the Bandstand on the seafront but a few beach huts in Hove were blown away! Lots of shingle on the promenade too! We got away quite lightly I think, friends in London lost part of their roof and were flooded too! Not good.
Sergiom (50762) 2013-12-27 6:41
Tu as eu beaucoup de chance et tu as su la saisir parfaitement. Il semble pressé de retrouver le calme et la sécurité de la forêt . L'ensemble est d'une grande netteté avec un superbe arrière plan.
saxo042 (35894) 2013-12-27 8:00
This looks like a beautiful winter day, with sunshine over the snow. The animal is perfectly captured as she runs here, in front of your camera. Yellowstone must indeed be a fascinating place.
Happy New Year
Corry (4188) 2013-12-27 9:00
Photo prise avec une grande rapidité d'exécution puisque l'image est d'une netteté parfaite. Félicitations.
photoray (8514) 2013-12-27 10:21
Fine adventure scene of the female elk crossing the snow pathway in our first National Park
I am envious because I have always desired visiting Yellowstone in the winter.
Ironically, yesterday on our news, a photographer in Yellowstone was video taped being head butted repeatedly by a mature male Elk. Perhaps he did not want his photo taken?
nagual2 (1384) 2013-12-28 2:48
Nice picture.,fast fingers,good eye and pov.TFS
abmdsudi (36444) 2013-12-28 5:43
Magnificent action capture of this beautiful stag. Stunning warm colors and shadows of this splendid photo adds to its captivating pull on the viewer.
Terrific wildlife documentary and how wonderful it must have been to witness. Congrats
Have a wonderful festive season!
mirosu (10942) 2013-12-29 7:55
After very long journey and even longer after-journey recovery I’m again able to view and comment all the beautiful TE photographs.
Superb snapshot. You have captured the Elk is perfect moment, just before crossing the snow covered ditch. The light is very good and clarity perfect. Excellent wildlife photo, well done.
Wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year.
SWISS ALPS ROADS
macjake (49384) 2013-12-29 12:02
wow, very sweet!
and I knew John would have to comment on this one too :)
this is fantastic, even for a planned photo let alone a 'grab shot'
the WS with the layered face brightened does seem to work well, but this is just fine too.
I know I'd be thrilled to have this one in my camera.
love the look of the snow too, its a beauty all around
cornejo (25585) 2013-12-30 10:25
Hi Ann, great shot to capture this beautiful image of this beautiful animal, very well captured in this interesting photo, with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
Silvio1953 (111238) 2013-12-31 5:28
Ciao Ann, great capture of lovely couple, fascinaing winter view, beautiful light, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year, ciao Silvio
adores (32724) 2013-12-31 17:29
Very good shot! I like how you captured him in motion and the focus on the elk and pine tree!
Have a great New Year!
Cricri (97153) 2014-01-01 7:54
Quelle prise magnifique de cet Elan dans sa course, netteté et lumière parfaite, une très belle réalisation
jemaflor (77532) 2014-01-01 11:40
Well captured at an interesting moment to get a dynamic view, perfect management for the light with a good xwhite for the snow.
Bonne Année 2014 !
Gigidusud (12223) 2014-01-08 14:06
Fantastic nature scene well captured! I love it!
Best wishes for 2014 to you and your family!
mkamionka (28444) 2014-01-12 12:50
I see that you had some serious disruptions down there around the Christmas break. It was windy here but nothing happened. I hope the strong winds are over...
Beautiful wild life photo. I admire how sharp and clear it is. You captured this animal with amazing background. Fantastic winter decoration. It is perfectly exposed which is quite a challenge with such a bright light and snow. I like very much the shadows on the snow as well.
jacquest (17787) 2014-01-19 4:32
I like this superb shot of the deer in action and the two rear legs not touching the ground. The winter scenery is also beautiful under this good light and I like the long shadows on the snow.
Angshu (53990) 2014-01-24 1:45
You captured a fine fleeting momembt as the elk seems to be galloping across the frame. The long shadows cutting across the frame add to the picture. This is a fine post with fine light and composition
Robert1969 (6758) 2014-03-27 2:19
Beautiful moment. Great timing. Nice DOF.
Great composition and light mangement.
fritzi007 (878) 2014-04-06 13:11
really a brilliant photo, very good image quality and comment!
Your photo is really beautiful