I think many photographers anticipate and plan an autumn trip to the Color Hot Spots around the country. Certainly true for me. This year was a trip to Yellowstone National Park to meet up with family and then down to the Tetons and Jackson Hole, Wyoming and then back thru Oregon looking for color in the Cascades.
I got to West Yellowstone early in the afternoon and since I knew I could not check into my motel for an hour or so so I headed up into the Park looking locations for a morning shoot. I came upon a serious traffic jam and a parking lot full of photographers pointing long lenses at a herd of elk wandering around in a meadow but it really did not interest me much and I moved on. I did come across a herd of buffalo along the road and this one guy was looking at me hard. So magnificent.
The town of West Yellowstone was a bit of disappointment as it seems these days to be little more that a series of tacky T-shirt shops, motels and restaurants overrun with loud and rude Chinese tourists. However by leaving early in the morning I was able to have so much wonderful alone time to compose and shoot.
First an early morning shot of the Upper Madison River with a morning star. Then an image that was taken at the mouth of the Canyon of the Firehole River with morning light just coming onto the cliff faces. I then moved up to Firehole Falls – the steam – river warmer than the surrounding air. Breakfast was calling which meant a drive back to town to meet up with family – what a treat to spend time with them. On the way I crossed the Gibbon River and the morning light was filling up a meadow. As I set up for this shot the elk started bugling – made my morning.
So as not to overwhelm you I will stop now and warn that there will be more posts from this trip – a few more critter shots, geysers etc., morning sunrise, and color in the Cascades.
Thanks for looking and as always comments are more than welcome. If you click on an image you can get a larger view.