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North Dakota Wildlife Model Shoot


Click to enlargeOn April 27-29, 2007 I led a photo trip for The Minnesota Wildlife Connection to the rugged badlands of Medora, North Dakota. We were able to photograph the "trained" animals free roaming in this spectacular scenery. Animal models included coyote, wolves (including month old pups), mountain lions, bobcat, porcupine, and badger. We were up before sunrise every morning to photograph animal silhouettes and during the heat of the day photographers were given the option of visiting nearby Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Click to enlargeGreat images were made of wild horses, bison, prairie dogs, and garter snakes in the park. By late afternoon each day we were back to photographing the animal models on prairie dog towns and in the rugged badlands on private property. For the most part each species was photographed at least three times during the three day shoot.

Click to enlargeI used a 70-200mm lens along with a 500mm for most of the images. I did pull out the macro 180mm for the snake images. This time of year come prepared for a multitude of weather conditions including, cold, and rain or snow. We lucked out with sunshine all three days and temps in the 70's. My favorite image from the trip was of a coyote carrying a prairie dog in its mouth.