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 …

Giant Geyser

 Almost all of my photo processing is done in a fairly straightforward manner that conforms with general editorial standards. But there have been a few instances where I felt that there were images that could better convey my feeling of the experience by taking liberties with the processing. Giant Geyser is one image that was …

What’s the Story Morning Glory?

 The Morning Glory Pool is an excellent (or not) example of how vandalism can permanently damage Yellowstone’s natural features. The signs along the boardwalk say that people throwing objects inside of the heated pool plugs up the waterways changing the chemical makeup of the pool, and thus prevents it from heating up as high as …

Where Summer is Winter

 Driving down to Yellowstone from Bozeman, Montana, it was snowing hard in the Gallatin Range. At certain points, the snow was blowing horizontally straight into the car. Oddly enough, the ground wasn’t really wet because none of it stuck. It was kind of exciting! When I went to the Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National …

Old Faithful

 “For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People.” – as quoted from Roosevelt Arch, the entrance marker of Yellowstone National Park. It was the first week of September 2001, when I got my first exposure to serious landscape photography. My cousin Herbert and I were 18 days into a road trip around the Rockies and …

Arches National Park

 The town of Moab is the epicenter for one of the most amazing scenic places in the world. Nearby Canyonlands National Park was highlighted a couple of posts ago and Arches National Park is even closer to town. After having been to several well-known National Parks, I would rank Arches up there with the best …

Photographing Close to Home

 The next year or so will be a crucial one for me as I am preparing to buy my first house. I’ve been saving up for the past two years and have the money for a good down payment but I want to make sure I have a “safety nest” in case things don’t quite …

Mesa Arch

 Mesa Arch is another popular landscape but luckily there was no one else there when I arrived. I am terrified of heights but I managed to stick my head over the edge long enough to capture a few images while underneath the arch. Canyonlands National Park is an amazing place though I didn’t spend much …