There are certainly more majestic animals to fit into a landscape composition in Yellowstone, but I was happy with this opportunity, because I can’t remember ever having a good chance to shoot an otter “animalscape” before this. This encounter occurred during my excellent trip to the park back in January. We had these two North American river otters hanging out in the creek near the road for about an hour. After snapping plenty of tight and medium shots, I did keep an eye out for an opportunity to frame the pair with the cottonwoods and willows on the floor of the Lamar Valley. Fortunately, they came out on land for a potty break, which presented the perfect opportunity just before they returned to the water.
Max: Going to Yellowstone in the winter is high on my bucket list and images like this only make me want to go more. The otters are the perfect complement to this wonderful scene. Most excellent. >=))>
A very nice animalscape, Max! It captures the otters in the context of their natural environment and happens to include a very nice landscape! The large version is particularly nice as it has much more presence and shows more details on the otters. A very pleasant scene!