Title: Icon of the Prairies
Location & Date: Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan | 2015
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ 200-400mm @ 400mm
Shutter Speed: 1/800th
Is there any symbol that better represents the wilds of the prairies than bison? I can’t think of one. Though I enjoy photographing bison in Yellowstone, Elk Island and Riding Mountain National Parks (and am extremely excited to photograph bison back where they belong in Banff in the near future), no place compares to Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan for bison, in my opinion. As one of the last truly wild grassland regions in North America, this national park is like being transported back in time to when these ginormous beast roamed all over the west. We found this solitary bison early one morning and between the smoky light and the soft yellows backdrop, this image sums up what bison photography should be.