Photo of a Michelle and Robert on their wedding day in front of a herd of bison that are crossing the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone is one of the last havens of a pure bison bloodline. The population in the park is a little over 4000 animals, spread mostly between Hayden and Lamar Valleys in the spring and summer. Bison have been around for millenia and barely survived a near eradication by colonial settlers in the 1800's and early 1900's. Now the bison population in Yellowstone expands every year as they are superbly designed to defend against predators.
Some of my clients book their elopements in Yellowstone specifically to see bison. I always try to get assess the importance of this animal, among other preferences, to determine if we need to prioritize a photo with the bison. In this case we just got lucky as there was a pullout near where this herd was beginning to cross the river. We hopped out, stayed over 50 yards away, and were able to capture this very special portrait.
Location: Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park.