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Registered: December 2009
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This picture was taken during the latter part of September 1988 as the great fire of Yellowstone Park was being brought under control and I was one of the first tourists that was able to drive through the Park at that time. The fire was still being fought all along the roadway and then as one came through one of the open areas within the park there was this small group of bison feeding on the grass as if there was nothing in the world going on around them.

793,000 (about 36%) of the park’s 2,221,800 acres were burned. Sixty-seven structures were destroyed. More than 25,000 firefighters, as many as 9000 at one time, attacked 50 Yellowstone fires in 1988, at a total cost of about $120 million. But the bison never raised their heads and just kept eating the grass. 9 bison died in the fire of 1988 along with a number of other animals ranging from 345 elk to 36 deer, 12 moose and 6 black bears.

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Kodachrome 64

Taken September 15, 1988.
· Date: Tue August 9, 2011 · Views: 534 ·
Keywords: Yellowstone Park, bison
Camera Make / Model: Canon AE-1
Lens Make / Focal Length: Canon 50mm
Filters / Type Used: none
Flash / Type Used: n/a
Event e.g. Grand Prix, Birthday, Sunrise: holidays
State / County / Area Image Taken: Wyoming
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United States of America
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Registered: August 2010
Posts: 1,105
Tue August 9, 2011 9:56am

A timely reminder during this over-heated summer of the care needed to avoid causing fires. You were lucky to get so close to an amiable group of bison; some vistors to Paynes Prairie in Fl. spent two hours up a tree with an angry male waiting below last year; they were very lucky to find a tree to climb as they are few and far between out in that area.
Tue August 9, 2011 11:04am

Thanks for the historical facts! Isn't it wonderful to be able to preserve your memories on film? That bison in the foreground had his eye on you. Very nice shot.
Tue August 9, 2011 11:05am

Thanks for the historical facts! Isn't it wonderful to be able to preserve your memories on film? That bison in the foreground had his eye on you. Very nice shot.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Tue August 9, 2011 1:54pm

These American Buffalo appear to be a lot more "clean shaven" than the ones I saw last June in the Badlands. I guess they must have been done shedding their winter coats when you got there. Super composition with a diagonal line across the backs of them from upper left to lower right.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,659
Tue August 9, 2011 2:01pm

Cool shot Jan, especially with a 50mm, that's close!
Phil Bolton

Registered: March 2011
Tue August 9, 2011 10:16pm

Great image, wow that sounds like a big park to me! Probably about the size of the UK? I don't know much about film photography (or digital come to think of it) but this has a feel all on it own which I like.

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 59
Wed August 10, 2011 1:01am

Beautiful capture Jan, I like the colors and lighting which really brings out the detail in the Bison.

Registered: October 2010
Posts: 92
Wed August 10, 2011 1:30am

Nice shot. It's good to see these animals surviving.
Pat Mark

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 12
Thu August 11, 2011 6:23am

Nice shot. I remember flying over Yellowstone at that time and being able to see how BIG that fire was.

Registered: August 2009
Posts: 74
Fri August 12, 2011 4:53pm

THat is so sad to think about. I have never been here, but hope to go someday...Good capture Jan.

Registered: November 2008
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Sat August 13, 2011 10:49pm

Excellent Jan, good eye contact from the beast in the front and well composed. Flood and fire are always scary things,

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