Title: Black Bear Silhouette
Location & Date: Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming | 2015
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ 70-200mm @ 200mm
Shutter Speed: 1/100th
Though we know to drive slowly and carefully in bear country, our encounter with a healthy black bear in Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest offered a good reminder of why careful driving is a must. The sun had long set as we drove back to our camp spot many miles to the east of Yellowstone National Park when Jill alertly noticed movement on the road ahead. Slowing down, we found this black bear trying to rip what appeared to be a very large, flattened and stuck yellow-bellied marmot from the road surface. As black bears are scavengers, they can hardly afford to pass up a free meal, but this situation had disaster written all over it. We parked on the shoulder of the two lane highway and proceeded to flash our lights at on coming traffic until we had enough people stopped for the bear to safely claim its prize and move off the highway for good. Our reward? One shot of the bear silhouetted in blue light, before it retreated into the woods for good.