Rocky Mountain Thunder: Bison Rut Photography Workshop
August 12 - 15
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
The bison rut is one of our favorite wildlife events in all the world. Big males compete for breeding rights with the females. Testosterone, musth, and adrenaline hang thick in the dusty summer air. Sunsets are late and are absolutely mesmerizing in their haze and vibrant colors. The grunting males have such loud roars that the valley itself seems to tremble with thunder. Males fight, sending clouds of dust swirling. Females and males have quiet, loving moments of connection and tenderness – the only time in the year to get “couple” shots of the males and females. The rut is an absolutely power-charged event and shows the true power of the American bison. We will spend most of our time in Lamar Valley and will spend at least one full day down in Hayden. This is a photography focused seminar.
About the instructor
Kate Ochsman is a naturalist and wildlife photographer based outside of Yellowstone. Kate believes in art for a cause – hers being conservation. Her artistic “why” is to help people connect with the wild, both within and outside of themselves, for we protect what we know and love. Building her fine art photography portfolio, Kate travels globally to photograph wildlife and wild places. Before her move to Yellowstone, Kate, a certified South African Safari Guide, ran an innovative program in the South African bush for college-aged participants that taught them photography, filmmaking, marketing and how to use these along with social media to spread awareness for wildlife conservation issues. She has also worked in human-wildlife conflict in Namibia. These days, Kate is focusing on American wildlife and conservation issues through wildlife guiding and photography.
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