Plains Bison Bull | Know When To Walk Away With Your Camera

by on September 5, 2016

That Cinematic Feeling


The leaves were falling and there were several plains bison feeding in the woods. I kept my distance at first, and as I got a bit closer, I thought how perfect this would be to capture the gold and orange falling leaves as bison ate and moved around the woods. I armed myself with my Canon 300mm ƒ2.8, ready to snag this wonderful autumn wildlife environmental portrait.

I took another good look at this bull and instantly knew it was time to part ways and we would not be spending any time together. Understanding when a wild animal does not want you around is crucial to your safety and the safety of the animal. It has not been too often I have only made a single frame when being around wildlife, but this was one of those times.

Black and white Plains bison bull (bison bison bison) stands deep in the woods, partially hidden by trees, at Elk Island National Park mid-autumn, Alberta wildlife environmental portrait.

No Regrets


As Kenny Rogers so brilliantly sang, sometimes you need to know when to walk away. I did just that. No falling leaves. No killer portrait of the pair closest to me. No video. Just one frame. And a memory. I close my eyes and I see the falling leaves in what could only be described as in a cinematic fashion (think of those huge snowflakes falling down). I hear the crunching of the leaves and branches. I knew I was in the presence of an incredible wild species. Sometimes that’s all we need.


See you in the field!


Photographer. Podcaster on hiatus. Wildlife conservation and animal welfare advocate. Edmonton Oilers lovah. Cinematic Star Wars fan. The fifth Golden Girl. Fond of all things Johnny Cash.

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