Like Cinematic Snow
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.
As Kenny Rogers so brilliantly sings, 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!