Monthly Archives: July 2017

Yellowstone: The Edge

Upper Mammoth Hot Springs

Mist steamed from the hot spring water even though the ambient temperature was around 90 degrees,  The water flowed over a series of small cascades over the edges of the basin down to the valley below.  The cascades stood out from the mountains across the valley.

I converted this image to black and white to emphasize the water and the edge of the bluff.  It represents the feeling that I had when gazing over the edge.

Yellowstone: Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs – Upper Basin

Yellowstone’s Mammoth Hot Springs area is also an area of unbelievable stark beauty.  How can life exist in such a harsh environment of boiling hot mineral springs.  I wonder how long these trees made it.

The day was hot around 90 degrees, we were tired and on our way back to photograph wildlife. We only took a few moments to walk around and take a couple of shots.  My creativity was at a low level, so I feel that I missed some wonderful opportunities to explore.  Well, next time …

Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic Spring – Mist on Rocks

Grand Prismatic Spring – Mist

Hot water from the Prismatic Spring shelf flowed into a “holding” pond before it entered the stream below.  Hot water entering a cooler pool of water generated a steady mist.  When I took this image, I was thinking black and white to express the eerie feeling of the mist.

Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic Spring – Lines 1

Grand Prismatic Spring -Mineral Flats

As the hot mineral water flows out of the spring, it creates a series of mineral flats.  This perspective  was a flat grey.  I decided to convert it  to black and white, add contrast, and apply a slight gradient across the image..

Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic Spring – Detail 1

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

A boardwalk runs along the edge of the spring.  The reflection of people walking along the walk caught my eye when the mist periodically lifted.  I did not have the foresight to be patient and take an image with a light mist to create the mystic feeling I felt.  Lesson learned;  Be ready to capture a “feeling” and not just a “picture”.