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Animals

Bison Noir, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 1999

The winter of 1997 was a bitter, snowy one in Yellowstone National Park, and much of the resident wildlife suffered from the cold and lack of vegetation. Many bison starved inside the park, or wandered outside its protective borders. I spent three weeks following these horned giants, observing, and commiserating with their struggle against the elements.

One frigid morning, I discovered four bison standing around the fumaroles (vents of hot steam from underground). They stood with their heads down, warming themselves in the gusts of heat. As they huddled in the gathering mist, a layer of blue-white ice built up on their thick coats. I watched the animals vanish into the thick, swirling vapors. Then a tiny breeze parted the curtain of steam and one lone bison appeared as though from a different world.

Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Photograph Date: 1999
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200



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Photographer Profile: Norbert Rosing

Born in northern Germany in 1953, Norbert Rosing is a passionate nature and wildlife photographer with special dedication to the Arctic, North American landscapes, and the national parks of Germany.

In 1980, Rosing published his first photograph in a German photo magazine. Since then he has traveled extensively to the Canadian Arctic, to the landscapes of the U.S. Southwest, and to the romantic landscapes of Germany’s national parks and Africa’s savannas.

A member of several photographic associations, he has won several awards for single images as well as for books and magazine articles in Germany and the United States. His images have been published in magazines all over the world, such as GEO, Terre Sauvage, BBC Wildlife, Sinra, Terra, Naturfoto, and Photo Technik International.

Rosing’s first cover story in National Geographic magazine, “Bear Beginnings: New Life on the Ice,” was published in December 2000. Since then he has also covered musk oxen, walruses, bald eagles, and snow foxes for the magazine, among other subjects.

Rosing has published many books, including Unknown Germany, Cheetahs, The World of the Polar Bear, German National Parks, Yellowstone: Land of Fire and Ice, and Yellowstone: America’s Playground.

He does not use any modern computer technology to manipulate his images.