American Bison

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Sepia Fine Art Print | Limited Edition of 100

The American Bison is unlike any other wildlife in the United States. Perhaps that is why it was designated as the nation's national mammal in 2016. Bison are often referred to as Buffalo or American Buffalo, but the most correct term is bison. These animals once roamed North America in numbers estimated to be as high as 30 to 60 million. When European settlers arrived, millions of bison were slaughtered for food, hides, sport, and to starve off the Native American tribes. By 1890 only about a 1,000 bison remained. Thanks to conservation efforts, there are now 500,000 bison in the US but most are raised as livestock on ranches. There are currently about 30,000 Bison that are managed for conservation on public and private lands.

Yellowstone is well known for its Bison heads because it has the largest population out of anywhere else in the US. As of 2020, it is estimated that there are 4,700 bison living in Yellowstone National Park. The park is the only place in the US where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric time.

Bison are the largest land animals in North America with males weighing up to 2,000 pounds. The hump on their backs is a large neck muscle that allows the animal to swing its head back and forth to clear paths through deep snow. In the winter months Bison grow thick coats of fur to help them stay warm during the harsh winters. As spring rolls around the coat sheds, by late summer the bison herds are at their largest when the rut or mating season begins. At this time, herds can grow as large as 1,000 bison. This is certainly a sight to see while conjuring up the mental image of what it was like on the open plains before settlers arrived.

This is a close up photograph of a full grown female bison head as she walked straight towards me. Bison will walk where they please regardless of what is in their way. I shot a few images of this beautiful animal with a very long telephoto lens before retreating to the safety of a vehicle. It is important to always give wildlife the proper space so you do not interfere with its habits and to protect yourself from harm.

© Mike Wardynski Photography

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Classic Prints | Premium Fine Art Paper

Classic Prints | Premium Fine Art Paper

Fine art paper prints are the most affordable prints that I offer. While paper prints offer art collectors savings, they are still one of the classiest ways to display a photograph. My photos are printed on 315gsm Hahnemule PhotoRag Baryta archival paper to ensure the highest quality and durability. These prints will need to be framed under glass to ensure longevity.

Features

• Classic Look • Needs to be framed • Museum Quality Archival Paper • UV resistant • Economical


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Prestige Series | Framed Tru-life Acrylic Prints

Prestige Series | Framed Tru-life Acrylic Prints

Lumachrome Tru Life Acrylic Prints are the finest archival prints available. Face-mounted on acrylic glass, these premium prints are high definition and almost appear 3D or backlit when properly lit. The low glare Tru Life Acrylic provides the best artwork viewing experience allowing you to be transported into the serenity of the natural world without any distracting glare. All of my acrylic prints come with a UV and scratch resistant finish that allows each piece to withstand the test of time.

The Prestige series is designed for art collectors who want only the best prints available. These large format prints come beautifully framed in Roma or Omega Moulding with a linen liner for a fully polished look that is ready to hang on the wall as a centerpiece. In short, the Prestige - Tru Life Acrylic prints offer the best landscape photography viewing experience available.

Features

• Utilizes the highest quality printing and faming available • Elegantly framed in your choice of Roma Moulding • 2" or 3" linen liner • Ready to hang • Low glare • 99% UV resistant • Anti Static and dust resistant • Scratch Resistant • Vibrant colors and clarity • Easy to clean



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Select Series | Tru Life Acrylic Prints with float mount

Select Series | Tru Life Acrylic Prints with float mount

The Select Series offers all of the top of the line features that the Prestige Series does except the Select Series comes with a float mount that floats the print off the wall without any borders. This gives the print a modern look that is high quality and cost effective since there is no need for external framing which can be costly due to the materials and labor involved.

Features

• Float frame • Ready to hang • Low glare • 99% UV resistant • Anti static and dust resistant • Scratch resistant • Vibrant colors and clarity • Modern look • Easy to clean

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Modern Series | High gloss metal prints in external float frame

Modern Series | High gloss metal prints in external float frame

Metal prints have quickly become one of the most popular substrates for landscape photography. These prints are created through a process called dye sublimation in which dyes are infused directly into a specially coasted metal sheet. This technique produces a print that has higher brightness than paper resulting in enhanced saturation and smooth tones. Metal prints are surprisingly light and very easy to care for. They do not need to be protected by glass and come ready to hang in an external float frame that gives the print a modern look as it floats within a thin frame. Metal prints can easily be cleaned with regular household glass cleaner. They are UV resistant to ensure that your prints longevity.

Features

• Float Frame • Ready to hang • Modern • UV resistant • Easy to clean • Vibrant Colors • Glossy Finish

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Premier Series | 1.5" Ramino Frame | Tru-life Acrylic Prints |

Premier Series | 1.5

The Premier Series is the utilizes same top of line acrylic printing process as the Prestige Series and is finished in your choice of a black or white 1.5" Roma Ramino Frame without a linen liner. The Premier series has a much smaller yet simple wall footprint of 3" compared to the more extravagant Prestige Series which adds an additional 12 to 14 inches to the total area beyond the print.

Features

• Utilizes the highest quality printing and faming available • Elegantly framed in 1.5" black or white Roma Ramino Moulding • Ready to hang • Low glare • 99% UV resistant • Anti Static and dust resistant • Scratch Resistant • Vibrant colors and clarity • Easy to clean

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