20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Bison in the Geyser Steam

Photo taken on September 25, 2022 in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. THE STORY In September 2022, I took a trip to Yellowstone National Park to experience the incredible wildlife that the US has to offer. After entering the park through the West Entrance, it was not even 10 minutes driving through the park before a Bison walked fewer than 5 feet next to the car, as if he owned the road. While on the trip I did a wildlife safari tour, hiked a couple trails to see the geysers and waterfalls, and saw the bison in herds crossing the roads or grazing in the fields among the absolutely stunning landscape that Western Wyoming has to offer. Throughout the entire trip, one of my top photo goals was to get a bison in the misty morning. It wasn't until the very last morning while I was driving back to the airport to head home that I finally managed to capture a bison grazing in the steam from a geyser.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2022
Date Uploaded: 10.2022
Photo Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D7200
Copyright: © Leah Desrochers