Shutterrific Photography

by Bill Singleton
Favorite Photos

Havasu Falls

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Mooney Falls

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Sunset Swirl

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Autumn at the Oxbow

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Great Gray Owl

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Anyone who has hunted one of these creatures knows just how difficult they are to find.  I owe this opportunity to my good friend Brent Paull, also a photographer.  His knowledge of Yellowstone Park as well as the animals it contains never ceases to amaze me.  We hiked into Canyon Meadows, a series of six small meadows near Canyon Village, specifically to find the Great Gray Owl.  We had hiked ever so quietly through the first three meadows with nothing.  Then Brent paused and wispered, as he motioned his hand over the meadow, saying he usually spots them just above the meadow floor.  As he swept his hand across, there it was.  The great gray owl.  We photographed it for at least an hour as it moved from tree to tree at one point flying directly overhead.  The light in the dense forest was far too muted to allow a good photo.  At one point, I noticed the owl was looking up and circling it’s head about.  A bald eagle was circling overhead and the owl had locked in on it.  Because it was autumn, a bull elk could be heard bugling in the near distance and soon appeared in a nearby meadow.  Just another fond Yellowstone momment with a photo for the memory.
 
 

Undine Falls

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Hayden Fox

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This photo is a favorite for much more than the image above.  The story in getting it makes the memory just a valuable.  Fall in Yellowstone is amazing.  The animals are once again active as the cooler temps warn them of the harsh winter ahead and they begin to hunt vigorously in an effort to put on valuable weight.  The coats become full and fresh as this guy looks like he was just groomed.  We spotted this fox mousing just off the road in Hayden Valley and quickly postioned ourselves in front of his direction with the sun to our backs.  The fox was between me and a heard of buffalo making their way to a watering hole that was behind me.  I now had the Canon 40D and the Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS lense.  I held my ground as the fox was pushed by the approaching buffalo and walked to within a few yards, at times too close for my lense to focus.  I just stood and watched as this fox walked right past me and beyond to the watering hole.  I was quickly reminded that a heard of buffalo were apporoaching as well and naturally gave way. 
 
 

Sweet Seventeen

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 This photo was one of my first digital images having just converted from film.  It was taken during the annual Ogden Valley Balloon Festival held in Eden, Utah.  I had hiked north from the balloon field hoping for a higher vantage point and to my surprise discovered this pond not visible from below.  The reflection was jaw dropping. It was taken with a Canon EOS Rebel XT and a Canon EF-S 17-85mm, f4-5.6 lense.  A tripod was used as well.