yellowstone forever honorable mention
My image "Cloud Walker" is one of my all time favorite photos. It was taken early morning in Yellowstone in some of the most fantastic conditions I've seen. A very thick layer of fog was stuck to the valley floor below a bright blue April sky. I Can remember looking out at this scene and thinking it felt like being on a cloud. It was a very dream like atmosphere. I knew the conditions wouldn't last long and was just hoping any kind of animal would come along that I could include in the composition. To my absolute delight, a grizzly bear, who would have been fresh out of hibernation appeared out of no where and made his way over the snow and right below a formation of really interesting clouds that had formed in the sky above the fog. When I saw the bear was going to walk directly under the cloud formations in the sky I quickly switched my telephoto lens to something much wider so that I could capture the bear in this otherworldly environment instead of just focusing straight in on it. The bear was gone just as quickly as it appeared. Not long after that the fog burned off and the magic moment was gone. I felt really really lucky to have been able to photograph this extraordinary moment.