Wildlife in Yellowstone

Yellowstone (for those of you who are not familiar) is absolutely full of wildlife. Mountain Goats, Bison, Elk, Bear, Wolves, Coyotes, and Eagles are just a few of the numerous species that one can see during a trip. While walking through Upper Geyser Basin (the area immediately surrounding the Old Faithful Inn), we saw our only Yellowstone Bluebird. The colors of the bird were amazing, especially in such an area. It lighted on this apparently dying conifer, and the contrast between the orange needles and the hue of the bird had me scrambling for my camera. I was just glad it stayed there long enough for me to get the picture. Hope you all enjoy!

Yellowstone Bluebird

Yellowstone Bluebird

DanD

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts

Yellowstone National Park is full of Contrasts. Everything from Blues to greens, Yellows to Whites, Reds to Oranges. Color and contrast is everywhere. Some of the contrast isn’t even in the colors, nor in the people who visit there. When looking at different pools, you will see the contrast between life and death. Grass grows tall and strong, yet a mere few inches from boiling hot water, full of organisms that thrive, turning water into acidic fluids that slowly erode the stone beneath the surface.

While this pool may appear inviting, it is so near to the boiling point that it is dangerous beyond belief. Even so, the grass thrives not far from its banks, giving a whole different level of contrast; and respect.

I hope you enjoy!

Sapphire Pool

Sapphire Pool

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

This week’s Photo Challenge is “Perspective”. I thought this photo was a good representation, not just because of the lines and depth of field, but also because I had to completely change my perspective to take the picture. For those of you who don’t actually know me, I’m 6 feet 4 inches tall, so I see things quite differently than most people. For this photo, I had to get down on the ground, as this tree was fallen beside the path. I took this photo last fall, and this was about the only thing in the area that was actually still green. I really liked the contrast with this, along with the lines and the textures. Hope you all enjoy!

 Mossy Tree

Mossy Tree

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A Study in Contrast

A few weeks ago I was out in Western Kansas on a trip. Just south of Quinter, Kansas, is a chalk formation called “Castle Rock”. All around it are these formations, which made for an interesting view with the clouds in the sky. I immediately thought of Black and White for this photo, because it really looked post-apocalyptic to me. The contrast was amazing, and with the clouds, it really has a sinister feel to it. Each shadow really stands out, giving great texture to the formations. Hope you all enjoy this photo!

Castle Rock Wasteland B&W

Castle Rock Wasteland B&W

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Spring Sunset

Tonight, my wife and I were driving home from the store. We had just gotten a big snow storm through the area, and it was starting to finally melt off. We were getting light flurries this evening, and the clouds, with the snow and the sun made for some very interesting contrast. I only had my phone with me, so I had to make do for the picture. Hope you enjoy!

Spring Sunset

Spring Sunset

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