National Geographic : 1997 Apr
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC nAssignment * YELLOWSTONE RIVER A Photographer Freezes the Moment To find the wildest wildlife in Yellowstone, "we traveled 500 miles in four days by snow mobile," recalls photographer Annie Griffiths Belt, focusing on a herd of bison (above). "With the temperature at minus 20°F," Annie says, "the real chal lenge was keeping the cameras warm; I had to put them all inside my coat. I always look nine months pregnant when I work in cold weather." Actually Annie did work when she was nine months pregnant. Two weeks before deliv ering daughter Lily, Annie made a por trait of a company basketball team and climbed a tall ladder to get all the players in the shot. But the players wouldn't keep still in her viewfinder. "Those poor guys kept shift ing around so they could catch me if I fell," Annie says. "I told them I'd spent my whole life up on ladders, but I don't think they were reassured." * AUSTRALIAN DOG FENCE A Writer Warms Up to Slowing Down "I learned to take it easy in Aus tralia," says writer Tom O'Neill. "It's too hot not to." Tom trav eled the interior in autumn, trac ing the 3,307-mile-long dog fence-the longest fence in the world-erected to keep dingoes out of sheep country. He stopped near Coober Pedy with patrolman Jeff Boland, at right, whose dog Missy never quite got the hang of relaxing. Soon after this pho to was shot, Missy took off after an emu, scaring the big bird right into the dog fence. The emu looked fine, Tom says, "but that fence twanged like a gui tar string." NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN0027-9358) ISPUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THENATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,1145 17THST.N.W.,WASHINGTON,D.C.20036-4688.$25.00 A YEAR,$5.00 A COPY. PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDATWASHINGTON,D.C.,ANDELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGESTONATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O.BOX 63002, TAMPA,FLORIDA33663-3002.