Location & Date: Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park | 2015
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ 200-400mm @400mm
Shutter Speed: 1/2000th
There is something about animals in water that I find irresistible as a photographer. Rain-soaked coats or animals taking a dip: I can’t get enough images of these moments. So when this beautiful five-year-old grizzly known as Valley Girl decided to cool off one summer afternoon by swimming the Yellowstone River, I was in heaven. It was a moment I had missed a week earlier and one I might have missed again, if it wasn’t for one Ranger Eric kindly placing me in the right spot at the right time.