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Sandy Sisti
Works at Wild at Heart Images, Wildlife and Nature Photography
Lives in Wapiti, WY
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Happy Birthday Yellowstone!!

On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a bill creating Yellowstone National Park, the world's first national park. Happy birthday to my favorite place on earth....Yellowstone!
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this is a beautiful place every one shold see it
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"Father and Son"

After the last rough and tumble image of Tecumseh and Washakie, I thought I'd share this photo, also taken yesterday, of Tecumseh and his blue-eyed colt, Tonkwana. It was a tender moment between father and son with a father who dotes on his two colts Tonkwana (3 1/2 years old) and Rebel (2 1/2 years old). Tecumseh is always protective and nurturing to the boys who are stuck to him like glue, although Tonkwana likes to test his mettle against the older stallions occasionally...as long as Dad is nearby to offer his assistance when it's needed. Rebel is still a bit too young for all that stallion stuff and stands behind his father whenever one of the larger stallions comes calling. 

I know many of you have already read the story of Tecumseh and his family, but for those who haven't, here's a short paragraph of how Tecumseh reconnected with his two boys after he was banished from his band:

Since Tecumseh lost his band last Spring, he has been part of several different bachelor bands, and over the last few months his two boys have joined him. Being young stallions, both Rebel and Tonkwana were kicked out of their family band by the new band stallion, Mesquite, after Tecumseh was badly injured. For months I watched these two colts wandering the range, always with different bachelor stallions, hoping that one day they would reunite with Tecumseh. I'm not sure exactly when it happened, but the colts finally connected with their father and have remained with him ever since. I know that these boys won't be with Tecumseh forever since they will eventually want mares of their own, but it's nice to see them under their father's protection until that time comes.
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cute
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"Grandeur"

A herd of bison forage against the backdrop of the Teton Range. These bison are remnants of a captive herd that was reintroduced into the Jackson valley during the early part of the 20th century. In 1968, 15 of these bison escaped from captivity forming Jackson's free-roaming herd.
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Beautiful!!!!
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It's that time of year.......

I just read that there were confirmed grizzly bear sighting in Yellowstone yesterday. It's a bit early for bears to be out of their dens, but big boars often leave the den for short periods during mid-winter, especially during warm weather.

This photo of a big grizzly boar was not taken this year, but was taken last spring as this large fellow maneuvered through a deep snowbank. With the warm weather we've been having, I think it's only a matter of time before we hear about more bear sightings, which makes an ursophile like me very happy. Seriously, though, if you are recreating in bear country, please be bear aware and don't forget your bear spray.
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Thank you +iamearthbornami !
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"War Cry"

With Steve recuperating from disc surgery, I haven't gone out this week, and figured I wouldn't be taking many photos (other than of my cats and the neighborhood critters) until sometime next week....maybe.

That all changed this morning when I was talking to my Mom on the phone. In the middle of our conversation, I heard a familiar squawking outside and peered out the window to see a bald eagle perched on a pine tree across the river. Since my Mom is used to my craziness (Thanks, Mom!), once I told her there was an eagle outside, she knew it was time to hang up with our discussion to be continued.

Because eagles in this area are quite skittish, I wondered how I was going to get a photo of him. Then I thought I'd try to sneak up on the eagle covered in my handy dandy camo netting. I know what you're thinking....how can you sneak up on an eagle? They do have eagle eyes, don't they? Well, you're right, you can't sneak up on an eagle. So the minute I attempted to make my move, the eagle was gone. Darn!!

I then decided to wait it out in hopes that the bird would return. As I was trying to look inconspicuous under my camo netting, two eagles appeared, with one landing in the river. My view of the birds was obstructed by bushes and tree limbs, but when I looked more closely, I could see that they had discovered a partially submerged deer carcass in the Shoshone River. There was no way to get a clear shot of the eagles on the carcass, so I just stood there trying to look invisible, hoping that one of the birds might come my way.

After what seemed like forever (but was really only 2-3 hours), the two eagles got into a bit of a tussle over the carcass. They had done that previously and always flew away from me, but this time, one of the eagles flew in my direction and landed in a tree right across from where I was standing!! I'm sure I was still pretty visible in my camo cover-up, but this eagle was so busy squawking at his nemesis, that he didn't pay any attention to me. I was able to get quite a few shots of the squawker and thought I was home free, until a light bulb went off in the eagle's head and he finally realized that the camo covered object on the deck shouldn't really be there. And in an instant, he flew off.

I waited and watched for the rest of the day, hoping that the eagles would return but I didn't see them again until the sun had begun to set and it was too dark for photos. I have a plan to get out there tomorrow morning in my camo netting before the sun comes up in hopes of "sneaking up" on the eagles. I'm pretty sure I know how that's going to end, but at least it will keep me occupied
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Great news steve is recuperating sandi all well wishes your way. Great shot of the eagle 😊😊
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A really interesting story and great photos/video of Steve Fuller, who has been a Winter Keeper in Yellowstone for 42 years. Wow!
At an elevation of more than 7,000 feet, two hours by snowmobile from the nearest town, Steve Fuller spends the season in solitude amid the national park's timeless beauty
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Saw this on 60 Minutes last night. A great story and fantastic videography.
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"The Lonely Road"

The wild stallion, Washakie, makes his way through the newfallen snow at McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area.
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Very nice photo Sandy.  May I ask how far you were from the stallion?  I want to do some shots of the Cerbat Herd in Kingman, AZ where I live.  I just got a new camera and I am totally new to DSLR so I have a lot of learning to do. I'm finding that my lens doesn't capture anything too far away and the herd area for the Cerbat herd is scattered for miles.  They usually hang out half way up the rocky terrain of the mountain.  And I would love to know what lens you used to capture him as well.
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"Battleground"

I don't usually see my two favorite wild stallions, Tecumseh and Washakie, in the same area, but that changed today when Tecumseh and his band of bachelors galloped towards the band stallion and his mares. Washakie ignored the boys at first, but once the bachelors started mixing it up, Washakie had to to make sure everyone knew who was boss.

Strutting towards the bachelors, Washakie first encountered Tecumseh and lashed out with his front hooves. You can tell from the photo that Tecumseh wasn't too impressed with the big paint. Just in case any of the bachelors missed the show with Tecumseh, Washakie approached each of them, pawing the ground and snorting. After ensuring that everyone knew he was in charge, Washakie returned to his mares with his head held high. The girls didn't look too impressed either, but I guess they're used to Washakie. I on the other hand was impressed, but then I'm quite taken with this fiery stallion!
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"The essential joy of being with horses, is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and fire".
~Sharon Ralls Lemon~

Image: "The Charge", featuring the wild stallion, Traveler. Photographed at McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area outside Cody, Wyoming.
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There's all kinds of love out there.  Happy Valentine's Day to you and your someone special <3
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Long live love!
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You're not going to believe this...because I can barely believe it!!

So there I was this past Monday morning, just minding my own business, going through my e-mails, like I usually do when I wake up. When I was perusing the e-mails, I noticed I had a message from Christopher Robinson, the editor of Outdoor Photographer Magazine. Well, of course, I opened that e-mail first, wondering what Mr. Robinson might be writing to me about.

Once I opened the e-mail, I couldn't believe what I was reading. Mr. Robinson said that OP was interested in putting together an article about me and my wildlife photography for their April issue. Huh?? Was this a mistake? Could it be that all the other wildlife photographers were out in the field doing something really cool while I was only one home getting ready to clean the cat litter?

Anyway, after reading Mr. Robinson's proposal, he asked if I might be interested in being in the magazine. Well, no, I thought, I'm too busy cleaning out the cat boxes.....Holy Crap, of course I was interested!! I was actually terrified and intimidated and sick to my stomach, but how could I say no to something like that?

So today, I just finished my interview (gulp!!) and am getting my photos ready to send to OP. I still can't believe that they're going to include an interview with me in the April issue of their magazine, a magazine I've been reading for over 20 years. I'm incredibly honored and humbled that they would even think to include my work with other photographers that I look up to. I don't know what else to say, but I just wanted to share this with you because I am beyond thrilled.

P.S. In case you might be wondering, I'm posting this image since this is one of the images that they are looking at for the article. I hope you like it!
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April issue, right?
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For Steve......
I know I don't usually write about my personal life, but my wonderful husband and best friend, Steve, has been suffering with terrible pain since last summer when he was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. Today Steve will be having disc surgery that we hope will alleviate his pain and allow him to do many of the things that he hasn't been able to do in a very long time. lf you would, please add Steve to your prayers and send healing and positive thoughts his way. We'll be leaving for the hospital soon, so you probably won't be hearing from me as much as usual. I plan on making posts when I can, since it helps keep my brain occupied and stops me from worrying-even if only for a few minutes. Thanks to all of you for your friendship and support, which really means a lot to both of us.

Much love to you all,
Sandy
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+Bret Hines thank you !! +abalo John​ this is very true. We all fight together. 
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  • Wild at Heart Images, Wildlife and Nature Photography
    Wildlife and Nature Photographer, 2008 - present
  • SQA Services
    Certified Process Consultant-Quality Assurance Technical Reviewer, 2012 - 2013
  • Cody Laboratories, Inc.
    Quality Assurance Director, 2007 - 2011
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    Quality Assurance Manager, 2005 - 2007
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    Quality Assurance Manager, 2000 - 2007
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    Sr. Quality Specialist, 1989 - 2000
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Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. – Frank Lloyd Wright
Introduction
I'm a wildlife and nature photographer living just outside the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Like a lot of people I meet, after my first visit to Yellowstone, I was hooked. I relocated from Long Island, New York, to be close to the Park and now, here I am. 
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Yellowstone National Park is my backyard.
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Wapiti, WY
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New Hope, PA - Victor, MT - East Northport, NY - Hamilton, MT - Cody, WY - Clinton, NJ