This is standard winter headgear, or should I say facegear for bison in Yellowstone Park this time of year. A lot of animals mainly use their hooves to paw through the snow to find grass, but bison seem to prefer using their head. Not only does it clear a bigger swath of snow at one time than a hoof does, it keeps their mouth right down there next to the ground where the grass is. A pretty efficient operation.
If you’ve followed my photographs for very long, you may have noticed that subtle images aren’t generally my thing–high contrast is more my thing. But once in a while something subtle does grab my eye and the results are very pleasing to me. This is definitely one of those times.
The “Shelter From the Storm” title doesn’t fit this image nearly as well as it did the previous image of the same title from January 9th (here). I just called it that because it is the same raven as before. Personally, while this one has merit, I like the earlier image better.