Monthly Archives: July 2013

Evening At Grand Prismatic Spring

photograph of the board walk around Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone National Park

The sun hung low in the sky as I made my way toward the Grand Prismatic Spring, in Yellowstone National Park.  I liked the strong contrast of the sun reflecting off the water and the silhouettes of the mountains and other park visitors.

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Lamar Valley

HDR photograph of the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park

Puffy white clouds fill the sky over the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park.


Resting Elk

photograph of three male elk resting in a meadow in Yellowstone National Park

These three elk bulls relax at the edge of a meadow.  With velvet still on their antlers they seem like three friends, just hang out together.  Once mating season begins their will definitely be more rivalry between them.


Grand Teton Peaks

photograph of the peaks of the Grand Teton mountains with wildflowers in the foreground

The views of the Grand Teton range are spectacular enough on their own.  Throw in a few blooming flowers in the foreground and it’s hard to imagine a better landscape opportunity.


Black Bear in Meadow

photograph of a black bear in a meadow

A black bear forages for food among the wildflowers and fallen logs in a woodland meadow of Grand Teton National Park.


Yellowstone Traffic Jam

photograph of a herd of bison taking up the road in Yellowstone National Park

We were traveling north from the Old Faithful area in Yellowstone National Park when we encountered three bison traffic jams in the space of about 1 mile.  The kids thought it was hilarious to watch them walking down the road, holding up traffic.  The bison took their time and would occasionally stop to look at a vehicle as if the cars were out of place.


Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

It’s Lonely At The Top

photograph of a single tree growing at the top of a cliff

This lonely tree grows on a rock outcropping in the Grand Canyon of The Yellowstone.  I photographed it one cloudy morning but the result was even, flat lighting, leaving the photo without much of a sense of perspective.  The next day I was lucky enough to return at just the right time.  The cliff face and tree were bathed in the warm, direct morning sunlight but the opposing canyon wall and the foreground elements were still in shadow.  As a result, the subject is literally highlighted.