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One place I have been fantasizing about visiting lately is Yellowstone. Not just because of the stunning scenery and the amazing geological features in the area, also because of the wildlife. Unfortunately I think it unlikely, even if I did go there, that I would get photos of some of the animals who live there as good as I did today at Brookfield Zoo in Illinois.

I took a lot of photos, so if you view the gallery on flickr you will see a lot of photos where I literally held the shutter down to make very sure I got the shot I wanted. We just really went to see the Polar Bear in the snow but wandered into the Wolf enclosure and saw them closer than I ever have before…

The Red Wolves in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo began to trust me I believe because I was there every morning after I had walked my wife to work. I also just sat there and let them do their thing. Today was the first time I have got any photos at all of the Wolves at Brookfield Zoo and due to the better lens I have now, they blow my Lincoln Park Zoo photos out of the water…

They were initially relaxing and snoozing on a rock while one lone wolf patrolled the enclosure. After a little bit of time though they all seemed to wake up and came right up to the area where I was crouching with my camera. I made direct eye contact with them and for quite some time two different wolves stayed right infront of me. A Squirrel eventually spoiled the fun when he came searching for food on the ground. I saw a wolf running at him and it was really funny seeing the squirrel staying on the opposite side of the tree as the wolf went round and round. I am SO pleased with the photos, below is just a few of them…

Mexican Gray Wolf

Mexican Gray Wolf

Mexican Gray Wolf

Mexican Gray Wolf

Mexican Gray Wolf

Mexican Gray Wolf

I really would recommend looking at the full gallery to see more. I got a LOT of photos… There’s literally 20 that I would say are my favorites!

I did get a few photos of the Polar Bear in the snow. None are really mind blowing, but worth a look.

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

Another animal from Yellowstone that I would like to be able to capture in their natural environment are American Bison. While you can’t say Brookfield, Illinois is a natural environment, seeing the Bison moving the snow with their head and eating the grass beneath actually gave a pretty close image of their habitat there. I managed to get a lot of photos which look pretty natural (where you can’t see the fake zoo objects). They did require a lot of patience because the Bison spent a lot of time with their heads buried… I pre-focussed and then had to wait until it raised it’s head to get a decent shot. Here’s a couple:
American Bison

American Bison

American Bison

American Bison

Again I took more photos, visit the full set on flickr to see them.

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