The Grand Prismatic & The Falls

Water is the source of life on this planet.  Today’s featured shots are of very different natural water features.  Above, the Grand Prismatic of the Midway Geyser Basin (and the largest hot spring in the United States)….features a boiling opening in the earth’s crust…while the shot below is of a massive natural waterfall known as the Firehole Canyon Falls, where immense amounts of cool water cascade over a cliff to a pool below.  It’s pretty awesome that Yellowstone has such a range of beautiful subjects, all natural and fascinating to experience.  BE SURE TO CLICK EACH PHOTO TO VIEW IT LARGE!

Lower Falls | Yellowstone National Park

Today’s shot features the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River (I’ll feature a wider-angle shot of the canyon sometime soon).  This spot was incredible – we were up at an overlook perched just over a corner of a bend in the river.  Standing there and taking in the view was like watching the earth develop over a few thousand years.

When we first arrived we actually saw a bear climbing down the right side of the valley – which was just insane.  I can’t believe there is a creature on the planet that just saunters around terrain like that….it made it about halfway down the canyon before climbing back up towards the top of the cliff wall.  The Lower Falls is the tallest (at 308 feet it’s almost twice as high as Niagara) with the largest volume waterfall in the Rocky Mountains.  It was quite peaceful and mindblowing standing and taking it all in (along with 20 other photographers armed with ridiculously nice equipment).  For a photographer, Yellowstone was really like being a kid in a candy store.

Sunrise at Yellowstone Lake

Another gorgeous morning, and another sunrise captured.  This was taken on the shore of Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park.  It was a bit colder at elevation – a brisk 30 degrees or so, which can be a bit colder than you’d expect (especially without gloves!).  When we first got to the waterfront from our lodge just up the street, the sky was starting to brighten and the clouds were getting their first taste of pink sunrise color.  It was quite peaceful standing on the sandy shore despite the cold air, and waiting for the day to begin.