I just completed a week in Yellowstone for the inaugural tour of Yellowstone in Winter for Aaron’s Tours.
I have never been to Yellowstone in the Winter, and it has always been something that I have wanted to experience. We have had snow in the past during the Fall wildlife tour, or the Spring tour, but I have never had the opportunity until now to truly experience Yellowstone in Winter.
If you are a Yellowstone fan, and haven’t visited the part during the Winter, I would highly recommend it! It was a fantastic tour, and we got to see some animals that I rarely see otherwise.
The red fox was probably the highlight of the trip for me, and we were able to spend two afternoons with several red fox in the Hayden Valley. However, on the last day, we did experience a “Sun Dog” that was amazing. When coming into the Madison from West Yellowstone, there was a sun dog that produced a full rainbow. The sun dog is a member of the family of halos, caused by the refraction of sunlight by ice crystals in the atmosphere. Sun dogs typically appear as a pair of subtly colored patches of light, around 22° to the left and right of the Sun, and at the same altitude above the horizon as the Sun. They can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but are not always obvious or bright. Sun dogs are best seen and most conspicuous when the Sun is near the horizon.
For Yellowstone, I primarily use the Nikon D850 with the Nikon 500mm f4 for wildlife, and the Sony A7RIII with the Batis 18mm 2.8 for landscapes. I also carry the Sony 70-200mm f2.8, and the Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6.
Below is a gallery from the trip, enjoy!