Bison Bull, Utah, United States by Jami Bollshweiler

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I find great pleasure in enjoying nature and all that resides in it. I frequently spend time in areas where there are Bison present. I have always felt like bison are a blending of two types of animals. They look like big teddy bears but their demeanor's (especially the males) should always be circumspect and resemble something more of a dangerous animal.
This day, I was in my vehicle, and thought I would try a wide angle with the lovely sunset/sunstar. I love trying to get a wide angle with such a massive animal but it is a real challenge as you don't want to approach to closely, even in your vehicle. Carefully I pulled into a good position and hoped this bison would look up long enough to capture the fleeting moment of a sunstar at sunset.
People don't realize how challenging it is to get grazers to look up and make eye contact with the viewer. Sometimes a moment will pass because the animal is busy. I believe in waiting for the animal's normal behavior and to not disrupt anything going on in their survival. Sometimes I get lucky and sometimes, I miss out. The beauty of wildlife photography is capturing fleeting moments that not everyone sees. Patience is key in getting these moments recorded. I have an immense sense of gratitude every time I see something new.

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