Photo of the Day Contest
40 Below by Rick Kearns
Monday, 7th April 2008

40 Below

by Rick Kearns

Yellowstone Bison trying to survive 40 degree below 0 morning temp.
Equipment: Nikon D 200/AF-S VR Nikkor 70/200mm 1:2.8G
Rick Kearns
Retired University Prof. Amateur photographer, outdoorsman.

40 Below by Rick Kearns was photo of the day on Monday, 7th April 2008. It is tagged , , , , . You can leave a comment below.



7th April 2008 at 2:20 am

Makes me feel cold just looking – must be a hard life during winter – even the trees seem to be struggling


7th April 2008 at 3:21 am

I am wondering how the photographer survived the 40 degrees below temperature! Some people will do anything for a good shot!!


7th April 2008 at 3:52 am

I see a lot of bison here just outside of Edmonton,Alberta, Canada. I have never seen one out in -40 degree weather! They all hide when the weather gets that cold around here in the winter. I have yet to get an incredible shot such as this with the bison here. Good Job!

Katherine Lee Strassburg

7th April 2008 at 4:37 am

The cold blue light makes my nose hairs freeze! This evokes the epitome of a perfect winter day.

7th April 2008 at 6:22 am

Dear Me!!……. I come from a country where it never snows…… 40 degrees below zero is absolutely unimaginable for me!!…. must’ve been hard work taking this shot!!


7th April 2008 at 7:22 am

I really like the half fallen tree trunk. It forms a very elegant diagonal.

7th April 2008 at 8:15 am

Amazing; they must be very tough animals.

7th April 2008 at 8:23 am

There was something on TV in South Africa last night about Bison at Yellow Stone!

Amazing creatures and a lovely image..

7th April 2008 at 8:28 am

so eerie great shot. it almost instills stillness.

nice work


7th April 2008 at 10:33 am

A photo that requires few words, it tells its own story of endurance and survival. An essential Earthshot.


7th April 2008 at 11:07 am

This picture could have been taken yesterday or 150 years ago in the days of the old west. Great job.

7th April 2008 at 12:37 pm

Well done! I agree about the half fallen tree…gives some more dimension to the image, lets your eye follow it down to the bison. Beautiful.


7th April 2008 at 2:05 pm

What an amazing image.!

7th April 2008 at 2:37 pm

Wonderful glimpse into a natural world we rarely see! I love it!


7th April 2008 at 5:40 pm

This is such a awesome shot! well done!

Sue Gagnon

7th April 2008 at 11:12 pm

This is freaking AWESOME! GREAT catch, great subject, great weather, great natural placement, great title, just great everything with this one!

7th April 2008 at 11:22 pm

Fantastic effort! You conquered a bit of adversity while getting a great picture.

reza erfanian

8th April 2008 at 9:44 pm

nice shot rick .
i can,t think how cold is there cuz i live in such place that never snow & the lowest tempature is above 10 c .
my kids are 18 and 22 .they never seen snow in life
good luck


9th April 2008 at 1:42 am

This is a wonderful shot. The cold was really worth it. The bison puts a wonderful subject into the shot! Great job, Rick!

9th April 2008 at 1:50 pm

Wow, spectaculair shot! How did your camera gear survive? Where you in a car?

Rick Kearns

9th April 2008 at 9:52 pm

To all who left comments regarding my photo 40 below, THANKS!
I was a great deal warmer than the bison that day. My wife and I were taking a snow coach tour from West Yellowstone to Old Faithful, and the coach was heated. Although I will go the extra mile in weather to get a good photo, -40 degrees is way beyond that limit. When I saw this big bull, the mist and the raw sky, I had to get the driver to stop while I got out and took several shots. I have to say the bison was a great subject, as he didn’t budge until I was finished shooting, confirming that he was alive. Thanks again for the kind comments.

10th April 2008 at 1:25 am

Awesome! You must have been freezing!


5th April 2009 at 10:23 am

Thanks for the info, certainly explains a lot, lovely capture.

4th October 2009 at 1:13 am

That is so cold. How can they stay outside in that. Must be the fur on them.

7th April 2010 at 1:57 pm

It must be very tough to photograph at this temperature. Thanks for sharing.


7th April 2010 at 2:42 pm

still think this is a cool shot.


24th April 2010 at 9:58 am

This is a great shot and you can feel the cold, like to visit here someday.

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