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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 300mm f2.8 + 2.xII extender, @ ISO 200
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-12 22:35
Viewed: 3788
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
New life is always inspiring and this little fellow was almost brand new. He still had an umbilical cord. It should be encouraging to see bison babies considering the struggle these animals have endured to come back from the brink of extinction. I say "should be" because...

"Today, the Yellowstone bison still faces conflict and struggle. The most recent modern issue is the disease called brucellosis which can cause abortions in domestic cattle. ..Although there are no documented cases of wild, free-ranging bison transmitting brucellosis to cattle in the wild, the possibility of transmitting the disease exists.... Due to a lawsuit filed by the State of Montana, a new bison management plan was developed. All bison entering Montana along Yellowstone's north boundary would be shot or shipped to slaughter. In addition, all bison entering Montana through the park's west boundary would be tested for brucellosis. Any bison testing positive for brucellosis would be shot or shipped to slaughter. Due to the management removals and winter-kill, the Yellowstone bison population in March of 1997 was estimated to be approximately 1,200 to 1,500 animals. That is less than half of what the population was estimated to be at the start of the 1996-1997 winter. "

Because on this trip we were within eyesight of the Montana border, it was hard to think of these animals facing slaughter if they trespassed out of the park looking for winter forage.


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To SunToucher: One other pointEvelynn 1 09-14 11:34
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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-09-12 22:42]
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Awwww... What a cutie, Evelynn. : )
Wonderful details on the fur of that little guy.
Love the warm color of his coat.
The juxtaposition of the youngster next to the dark brown of the adult bison is striking.
A great POV.
TFS. : )

hello eveylynn,
you have captured a nice moment here, liked the pov and the composition very much, good framing,
tfs & regards

nice capture, TFS Ori

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-13 1:46]

Hi Evelynn,
i found your note a bit upsetting, but i guess it's a part of modern agriculture these days. Love the contrast of this young calf against the darkness of it's mother. Well composed with beautiful colour, a touching scene.

bonjour evelyn
bien vu cette douce image, malgré un peti manque de netteté, les couleurs sont belles
bien a toi et merci

Hi Evelynn,

He is sooo cute! Very nice picture. I don't recall seeing a bison baby picture before. His fur is much lighter in color than mom's. I am guessing that it will darken as he grows older. Thanks for sharing the information regarding bison's continued struggle in the West.

What a cutie, Evelynn
Well captured with the protection of mom nearby
Great POV

Hi Evelynn,
A very high cutness factor here. The lighter baby looks great against the darker contrasting mother. Good sharp detail. Amazing that it is going to probably grow up to be such a massive creature.

Hi Evelynn,
A very cute photo where mom protects its new born perfectly. I love the way you managed to get both eyes so close to eachothet and they are ofcourse perfectly positioned in the frame.

I really do hope that laws will change and that these native animals get better protected and that those crossing the artificial borders are returned to the park. Any idea of a treatment against Brucellosis?


Superbe ce petit bison avec sa mère quelle prise exceptionnelle et très bien rendue.

Hello Evelynn,
What a cute little thing!
I guess you're quite a distance here, personally I'd keep away from a mother with a newborne, a mother that size...
The siktuation is well capture and a fine presentation, a great double pose!
Pablo -

Beautiful capture this cute little animal. Well presented.
Best wishes,

Hi Evelynn, cute family scene with splendid light and colors, great lovely composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Evelynn,
Cute shot of baby shawdowing moms every move. The calves sure are a lot more cuter than the parents of these magnificant prairy roamers. I photographed these animals up in Alaska, apparently descendents of the 1928 transplant from Montana. :)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-15 7:06]

Hello Evelynn,
Sad to hear about the struggle to protect the Bisons! This little calf is gorgeous pressing himself into the side of the mother. Beautiful capture, lovely colours and very nicely cropped to include Mum's head.
TFS and regards, Ulla

I can't believe I missed this photo when it was posted. It is truly amazing. Great job Evelyn!

It's amazing just how cute babies can be! I love this capture, the red coat, hugging close to "mom" very sweet pose, well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-17 6:42]

Hello Evelynn ! What a great shot of this youngster with an adult. Good warm tones, sharp and well composed. Thanks !


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-27 16:12]

Hello Evelynn

They are so cute when they are calves.
Hard to believe they grow up to be so large.Every time I see the bison at the nearby farm and I see the calves I think of this shot now.You have captured the moment well.The colours and lighting are excellent.The textures and details are very good.I really like how the two eyes look so close together.Wonderfully done.TFS


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