For the decade’s first Lens-Artists Photo Challenge we’ve been asked to share a special spot. Yellowstone has been a special place for me since I was a child. I’ve been to many places in this big world and for me Yellowstone is clearly special, made more so during a return trip in 2015.
We entered the park from the southern border and Yellowstone immediately went to work providing stunning scenes. The Lewis River was a spectacular mirror for a blue sky puffed with clouds.
Within Yellowstone are 2500 miles of streams and rivers and one would be hard pressed to find a single mile that isn’t, in its own way special.
Above and below 190 degree water from the Excelsior Geyser flows into the Firehole River
Wildlife can be found anywhere in Yellowstone, from the remotest backcountry to the grounds of a park hotel.
There are of course Yellowstone’s great claim to fame, the geysers and hot springs.
Late one afternoon we were driving back to our cabin through some high country when I saw clouds gathering over and around the Absaroka Range. The scene changed from moment to moment and I desperately hoped for a turnout so that I could photograph the dynamic scene playing out in front of us. We found the turnout and I used my 600 mm steadied with a beanbag on top of our car’s roof rack.
Yellowstone is a special place because it’s the scene of childhood memories. But it’s also special because when I visited four years ago I took my wife Cora. She had never been to Yellowstone and it was a special treat to share this magnificent place with her and to watch her reaction.