Head-to-Head Combat

 Bison look docile most of the time since they spend much of the day grazing grass. But then other times they make you go, “Whoa!” If you’ve never seen a bison up-close, maybe this will give you some context: One day a large bison walked past my rental van and I noticed in the rear-view …

Sunset Lake

 I learned early on as a photographer that gloomy skies can be used effectively in landscape photography if you know what to look for. You can’t do much with the white, featureless type of skies but when you have the dark storm clouds with well-defined separation between clouds then it can lead to some moody …

Making Honey From Lemons

 Given that it was overcast for the majority of the trip, I often had to work around the dreary-looking skies by focusing my attention toward the ground. I’ll admit to having cursed at the weather more than a few times but I think it also pushed me to look for different compositions than I would …

Yellowstone Lake

 Yellowstone Lake more closely resembled a big ice skating rink than a lake. Since the lake lies at a higher elevation than most of the other popular areas of the park, it was one of the few places other than the mountain peaks that there was still a significant amount of winter snow leftover. I …

Dragon’s Mouth Spring Video

  Video of Dragon’s Mouth Spring, Yellowstone National Park, WY My plan was to drive around the entire central loop of the park so after the Grand Canyon, I drove straight through Hayden Valley because I saw no wildlife and stopped at the Mud Volcano trail. Unfortunately the trail was closed due to bear sightings …

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

 There are a few places in the U.S. that are just so amazing that every photographer has to go photograph for themselves no matter how popular it is. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is one of those places. Consider yourself fortunate if you can make it out of a postcard hot spot like this …

Life Can Be Harsh

 The end of the 2nd day ended much like how the 1st day went, stormy. It was still raining / snowing when my alarm went off at 4 a.m. the next day, so I was pleased to find a landscape covered in light powder when I entered the park later that morning. It was really …

Mammoth Hot Springs

 When I walked up to the Minerva Terrace, the first thing that struck me was an eerily resemblance to Salvador Dali’s style of painting. This part of Mammoth Hot Springs is surreal and the dead trees further add to this effect. With Dali as inspiration, I sought out a composition that simplified the scene which …

The Spectre of Brocken

 I first heard of the Brocken Spectre via Galen Rowell’s books. I have personally seen it three times in my life, twice on airplanes while flying over the Sierra Nevada Mountains and now my own Spectre of Brocken at Yellowstone National Park. I was taking run-of-the-mill hand-held snapshots of Terrace Spring when I noticed the …

Colors of Yellowstone

 On my 2nd day, I spent my time between the Norris Geyser Basin and Mammoth Hot Springs. The Porcelain Basin Loop trail around Norris Geyser Basin was especially interesting in my opinion. It seemed like the entire ground was steaming and spewing stuff out in this area. I thought the most interesting aspect was focusing …