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…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.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: Again I took more photos, visit the full set on flickr to see them.
Animals are very important to me, whether that is the dogs I grew up with, the cats my wife and I got together, the loving Labrador or Siberian Husky we have, or even the animals I see at the Zoo when nobody else seems to want to be there.
Our cats are siblings (brother and sister). The male has Cerebellar Hypoplasia; He walks funny, tends to pee and poop right next to the litter box rather than inside it, and can't jump or scratch furniture. We also have a Black Labrador and a white Siberian Husky. They have slept curled up together every night since both joined our family, and because I work from home, are very attached to their human (me).
One of my favorite things to do is take the Husky on walks during the cold winter here in Illinois. I wanted a Husky for exactly this activity, and I've not been disappointed by his energy or companionship in the colder months.
Tim is British and lives in the United States with his wife and kids.
He works for software developers Image Space Inc. and Studio 397 on their racing simulations, and is a fan of Gaming, Motorsports, and photography.