Last updated on October 14th, 2022 at 03:16 pm

I photographed this photo of Bison at Yellowstone National Park in August of 2021 when my family and I took a two-week road trip to several national parks. We visited this park near the end of our road trip after visiting the mighty 5 parks in Utah. It is a really interesting fact to learn that Yellowstone is the only place in the United States where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times. While visiting the park I saw more bison than I have ever seen before, so I can definitely believe this fact to be true.

Photo of two Bison at Yellowstone National Park

This photo was taken in the afternoon on summer afternoon in Yellowstone Park. One of the bison in this picture is just a calf while the other one is foreground is full grown. The two bison in this photo are roaming the land near a river.

Two Bison at Yellowstone National Park

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Two bison along a river at Yellowstone National Park

Whenever you are near a hot spring, such as this one, you must be very cautious. Hydrothermal water can severely burn people and animals.

Camera Settings for Bison at Yellowstone Picture

This Bison at Yellowstone National Park picture was photographed with a telephoto zoom lens, the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3, so I was able to get a semi close picture of the bison even though I was farther away.

Camera settings for this Bison at Yellowstone photo:

  • Camera Body: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Shutter Speed: 1/3200 seconds
  • Lens Aperture: f/8
  • Focal Length: 600 mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Image Quality: RAW

The first wild animal we saw in Yellowstone National Park was in fact a bison. We visited during the summertime when there were a lot of people, but there was still also a lot of bison roaming around.

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What are Bison?

Bison are large wild animals that are similar in appearance to other bovines such as the cattle and the true buffalo. Some interesting facts are:

  • They travel in herds
  • Bison are the largest mammal living in North America. Males can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and stand 6 feet tall. Females can weigh up to 1,000 pounds and stand 4-5 feet tall.
  • In 2015, Yellowstone’s bison population was estimated at 4,900.
  • A baby bison has the nickname “red dog” because of their orange-red color when they are born.
  • Pay attention to the tail! If a bison’s tail is standing straight up, beware! It may be ready to charge.
  • Bison can run up to 35 miles per hour.
  • They can live up to 20 years old.
  • Bison have poor eyesight, but they make up for it with their excellent sense of smell and hearing.

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Tamara Ray

I started out using 35mm point and shoot cameras, then upgraded to a 35mm DSL camera, and then finally came the world of digital DSL cameras. Gone are the days of having to wait for your film to be developed to see what you captured. Photography has never been so much fun!

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