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Sandy Sisti
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Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. – Frank Lloyd Wright
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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Painted Ponies.....

I've been spending so much time with the horses lately, that I thought I'd share a photo from a recent visit. It seems I'm not the only one enjoying the warm temperatures as our spring-like weather has the wild ones feeling frisky. Right after I snapped this image these horses, plus more than 80 others, ran past me, kicking up their heels as they disappeared in the distance. Even though the horses left me in the dust, there's nothing more thrilling to me than watching them thunder past.
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"Three Kings"

Even though it's technically too dark out, and your ISO is way too high (ISO 12,800), you still want to capture an image because sometimes what you experience in the pre-dawn hours is just too beautiful to put into words.
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"Sitting Pretty"

The field behind our house is a favorite hunting ground of local raptors. I've seen great horned owls, red-tailed and rough-legged hawks, as well as, bald and golden eagles searching for prey in this large expanse of grass. American kestrels are the most frequent visitors to the area and I often see them hovering in the air as they scan the long grass for prey. I find these quick-moving falcons difficult to photograph, but this kestrel landed on a fence post for a moment after searching for rodents in the snow. Then she was on her way.....
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"Monarch"

A large bull moose makes his way through the waters of Sprague Lake.
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I was fortunate to spend time with this handsome grizzly recently. You can see from his size that he's been busy packing on the pounds in preparation for hibernation. Is it me or do you think he needs a bigger tree to hide behind? For a grizzly, during this time of year...that's a good thing!
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Heavenly....

Ever elegant, a trumpeter swan spreads his wings as the sun rises in Yellowstone's Hayden Valley.
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On Gossamer Wings.....

The sublime beauty of the Trumpeter Swan is almost otherworldly. These elegant birds are one of my favorites to photograph and each year I wait anxiously for their return to the park in late autumn. Trumpeters are a species of special concern in Yellowstone with only 29 resident swans in the park in 2016. Efforts have been made to bolster the park's waning swan population with birds being released in Hayden Valley for three consecutive years. Researchers hope some of the released birds will return to the park in the future to nest.
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Wild and Woolly......

I always thought I was safe from battling bull bison if I photographed them from my car, but that was before these two started a serious rumble right outside my passenger side window. I'd been watching the pair for a few minutes as they sized each other up, swinging their heads from side to side. I was so mesmerized by their behavior and expressions (look at those eyes!), that I didn't even realize how close they were. I barely had enough time to climb over the console, start the ignition and drive out of the way before the bulls pushed and shoved each other right into the spot where my car had been parked. Thankfully, I dodged that bullet, but I still wonder how I would have explained two tons of bison-induced damage to my insurance company. Fingers crossed that I'll never have to find out.
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For anyone visiting Yellowstone this time of year, the bison rut is in full swing. Bulls are pursuing cows and battling each other throughout the park. This bull didn't even notice the cars or people as he chased a cow through traffic and across the main road. I was happy I was in my car when he went barrelling past.
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Rocky Mountain High......

Even in the heat of summer, you can always find snow in the Rocky Mountains, especially above 10,000 feet. Seeking relief from the sweltering temperatures today, this red fox spent a joyful 15 minutes rolling in one of the largest patches of snow she could find. After she cooled off, she moved down a mountain slope, in a spot much too steep for me to follow. As if knowing she would leave me behind, she gave me this parting glance before disappearing out of sight.
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