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Yellowstone Landscape Collection

Mammoth Hot Springs, Colorful thermal feature, Yellowstone National Park
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River and Lower Yellowstone Falls, twisted pine, stormy sky, Royolite, rock, geology
Emerald Pool, Black Sand Basin, Yellowstone National Park
Elk enyoying madison river, Yellowstone National Park, wildlife, river bend, looking at view, peaceful, tranquility
Steaming Waterfall, geyser, Yellowstone National Park
Gibbon Falls, Yellowstone National Park, Waterfall,  log jam, detail
Grand Prismatic Pool, hot spring, thermal feature, yellowstone national Park, thermophille, bacteria, colorful, orange, blue
Swan Lake, reflection, swan flats, yellowstone National park, peaceful, tranquil, still water, calm
Rainbow, Yellowstone River, thunderstorm, promise, Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park, clearing storm, rain
Slough Creek, Sunrise, reflection, calm water, peaceful, tranquil, Yellowstone National Park, trout creek
Lone pine, growing out of a rock, crack, Grand Canyon of the yellowstone River, backlight, steep canyon, survival, tough, resolute, survival of the fittest
Tower Falls, Tower Creek, towers, pinnicles, canyon, ravine, tumbling creek, Yellowstone National Park
Excelsior Geyser Crater Outlet, hot spring, boiling water, steam, bacteria, colorful, orange, yellow, Yellowstone National Park, volcanic activity, geology, biology
White Cone Geyser, steaming, landscape,Yellowstone National Park
Abyss Pool, West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, clear water, green water, thermal feature,
Fountain Geyser, eruption, erubting, hot water, gallons, pretty day, sparkling droplets, backlight, Yellowstone National Park
Lower Yellowstone Falls, closeup, canyon, Uncle Tom's Trail, Yellowstone National Park
Sunset Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Lower Yellowstone Falls, Artist's Point, natural frame, grand canyon of the yellowstone river, Yellowstone National park
Black Pool, Yellowstone National Park, detail, orange bacteria, blue water,, juxtaposition, thermophile, bacteria, biology, geology, volcano, hot spring, west thumb geyser basin,
Electric Peak, reflection, Swan Lake, Swan Flats, Yellowstone National Park, peaceful, tranquil, still, forest, reeds, calm water, nature,

Yellowstone ~

Lewis Falls, Yellowstone National Park
Lewis Falls

The Yellowstone Landscape has many wonders including dramatic waterfalls, spectacular canyons, exotic wildlife, boiling hotspots, geysers, mud pots, fossil forests, a glass mountain, and is also a super volcano. People come from the world over to view Old Faithful and cause traffic jams trying to view bison and other wildlife. But with all this wealth there's one thing that encompasses it all and is seldom remarked upon or contemplated as avidly as the established stars of the show: the Yellowstone Landscape.

Yellowstone was explored in the early 1800’s and transformed from a terra incognita into the world's first national park in 1872. While local exploration played an integral role in the emergence of geographical knowledge about Yellowstone, it was the "official" and "authoritative" Hayden ecpedition of 1871 that put Yellowstone on the map. The expedition  including photographer William H. Jackson and landscape painter Thomas Moran, which confirmed the region as worthy of federal protection.

The Yellowstone Landscape is a remnant of what the American West was like before it was logged off, paved over, subdivided, dammed, farmed, mined, and homesteaded. Yellowstone is how it has always been. In today this becomes increasing impossible to find.

Scarface the Grizzly Bear, Lamar Valley

Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding ecosystem known as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is photographic nirvana for me because it’s unlike any other place on earth. It is an area where the geology not only creates fantastic landscapes where dozens of photogenic species live but a geology that actually lives, breaths, belches, shakes and erupts. You could stand in front of a glacier and it’s not going to appear to have moved. But in Yellowstone, you can go to the geysers and hot springs and actually see the park itself being active. There’s an interaction with the land and the sky and the wildlife. It’s constantly changing. And you can still go to the Grand Tetons and see that glacier.

Winter in Yellowstone is a time of year of deep snow and mercilessly cold temperatures that wreak havoc on equipment, batteries, and your body. This is why the Yellowstone is wonderfully empty this time of the year, when tourist travel disappears and only the bold set out with camera and tripod in the hopes of capturing Yellowstone’s landscape and critters. It is a time of struggle for wildlife, of countless epic battles for survival between predator and prey, the outcome determining who lives another day, and who starves to death in Yellowstone’s harsh environment of winter. If you want to photograph some of the famous Yellowstone icons during winter, you will need to travel by snow coach or by snowmobile to access the park’s interior.

I go out there to find what I can hoping serendipity will smile upon me. I am always watchful for promising landscape and when I find it I’ll hang out there hoping for advantageous light. I’ll even come back if I don’t have the opportunity to photograph it the way I wanted to the first time. I also file away scenic places to return to hoping to find Yellowstone’s critters gracing scenes that will enhance both the landscape and the critter.
I’m always looking for something that’s unique,  and Yellowstone rarely disappoints.