Long Time no post….

So, first of all, I want to apologize for the lengthy time between posts. Life happens, but I’m hoping to really get back into this now with the weather warming up and such.

As I was going through my photos, I was drawn back to our Yellowstone trip last summer. My brother and I both have the same cameras, so we started messing around with different lenses and different shutter speeds. We worked out (with many trials and errors) shutter speeds to make the water on the waterfalls blend together to look moving, while everything else stood still. This was one of the first I was did and was quite happy with it. Hope you all enjoy it too!!

Yellowstone Waterfall

Yellowstone Waterfall

DanD

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Brooks Lake

On our way to Yellowstone, we decided to jump off the main road and take a jaunt through the Wyoming Countryside. I am so glad we did. We found Brooks Lake, and it was amazing. There was still snow on the ground (since it was June and we were in the mountains), the air was crisp and cool, and the water was pretty calm. With the mountains behind the lake, the scenery was absolutely amazing. I had to share this photo, and I hope you all enjoy!

Brooks Lake Wyoming

Brooks Lake Wyoming

DanD

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

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More on Yellowstone

So as you know from a couple of previous posts, my wife and I recently traveled to Yellowstone. I have not had the chance to post much, due to a super busy summer and a recent job change, and am now getting to post more of what I have.

This is called “Crested Pool”. The colors in the water and the area around each of the pools in Yellowstone are created by bacteria, each which survive at different temperatures. This image struck me, as the water was so blue, with the oranges, whites, and browns surrounding the pool. The water is near the boiling point continuously. Anyways, there will be more to come as well. Hope you enjoy!

Crested Pool

Crested Pool

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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

DanD