Welcome to Running Wolf Photography

March 09, 2014  •  11 Comments

WatchngWatchngA black alpha female wolf sits in some sagebrush and snow in Soda Butte Valley and watches the watchers.

 

Inspired to learn more about wolves and why so many people hated them, I made plans to spend a winter at Yellowstone National Park, where, I was told, wolves were in abundance.

 

Not long after I arrived in Yellowstone, hunters began targeting and killing many of the favorite wolves of Yellowstone.  This was a hatred beyond my comprehension and I became more determined than ever to learn the truth about the wolves - good, bad or indifferent.

 

Unfortunately, because the hunters killed some of the park's most visible wolves, the animals were in short supply and gone were the days of a pack of wolves running across Lamar Valley.  As the Winter continued I began to call Lamar the Valley of Death.  Each day I waited with optimism that life would return to the river valley and high hills.  Life came and life went.  And then a few animals stayed and, finally, in late Spring, there were wolves to watch and I could not leave.

 

I have spent my second Winter in Yellowstone and while there were wolves to be seen the photo ops were few.  My quest to photograph wolves and to continue learning the truth about them goes on and I am not sure when or why it will end.  As I wait, my attention draws to the other animals and I watch them for the perfect photo ops, learning about their habits and personalities in the process.

 

When I arrived it was as a nature photographer and writer - now I am a wildlife advocate first, who attempts to educate others through my photos and the stories behind them.  This is what I do everyday - take photos, write stories and share them with others.

 

Welcome to my journey.



Comments

12.Naïma Namaste(non-registered)
As a follower since a long time now from the other side of the atlantique, I wanted to say THANK YOU Deby for all that you do ....thanks for making us dream while watching your photos and reading your stories. I'm grateful I stumbled upon you online and I hope to stumble upon you when I will be again in the Yellowstone Lamar Valley
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11.Russ Elmy(non-registered)
Absolutely spectacular Deby. I found your Facebook page and want to say thank you for sharing your stunning, amazing and breathtaking photography and your passion for being an advocate and voice for wildlife.

I made a trip to Yellowstone/Jackson Hole two years ago and fell in love with the area. I took some landscape photos on my visit - l love the Grand Tetons! I hope to make a trip back someday for an early spring to capture the awaking of Yellowstone wildlife or an early fall trip to record the magnificent colors of the landscape.

Your work is truly inspirational Deby and thank you again for sharing.
10.Peggy Ashley(non-registered)
Spending Christmas in Yellowstone was Magical! Seeing the wolves was a long time dream. They are magnificent creatures and I am now a "wolf watching " addict. Having the chance to meet and talk with you in Lamar Valley, was also exciting! I admire your passion for these wonderful animals and it was amazing to see you at work doing what you do best! Thanks Deby!!
9.Mitzi(non-registered)
I love your pictures and do you have any calendars made for purchasing...I'm a big wolf advocate
8.Karren Kraemer(non-registered)
Really enjoyed looking at your work & reading about you! Beautiful!
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