Photographer captures hauntingly beautiful images of wolves interacting with the Yellowstone environment. His photos are stunning.
Photographer Ronan Donovan quotes Kipling when he says, "For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack." Donovan set out to document Yellowstone's wolves and record them in a way that will make the hair on your neck stand up. He succeeded.
Up until the mid-1980s, Donovan says, biologists thought that ecosystems were "built from the bottom up". That is, we thought that big predators "fed off the extras" of what was occurring in nature. On the contrary, says Donovan, apex predators are a key part of the landscape, giving as much as they are taking in making nature function.
His favorite photo he says, is the scene of three dark wolves feeding on a bison carcass in the falling snow. "We were able to kind of pull the curtain back, on Yellowstone and the wolves," Donovan said. "The situation, just, it came together."
Donovan also says that one of his primary tools is a camera trap. "The bear's probably gonna wreck your camera. That's pretty much a given on this project," he reveals. "But you could get a couple images that allow you to open up this world of the wolves that people had never seen before."
"The wolves have an integral part of the ecosystem, in Yellowstone, all throughout their home range. They control the big grazers, they control the elk, and the bison and the deer. The animals are healthier throughout, and the wolf has just given balance to the entire ecosystem."
Donovan captures the brutality, the beauty and the mercilessness of nature in his photos.
"The strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack."
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