Friday, May 23, 2014

It has to be cold........

to get a column of steam like this from Excelsior Geyser

at the Midway Geyser Basin. It was 17 degrees on a beautiful May morning in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
The Firehole River leads to the geyser basin. I prefer photographing geysers and thermal features when it's colder so the steam can really show.
Then it's just a matter of choosing different compositions and enjoying the moment.
It had been a few years since I last shot Midway with decent morning steam, so I was thrilled with the opportunity.
After working this angle I parked at the actual geyser basin and walked to the river.
A bus load of tourists arrived and some were crossing the bridge as I photographed it and a runoff channel from Excelsior Geyser.
Here's another view of the runoff channel.
After crossing the bridge I found small groups of lodgepole pines that had been frosted by the geysers steam during the night. The ice was quickly melting in the morning sun.
I shot the sun through Excelsior's steam.
And visitors on the boardwalk near Grand Prismatic Spring.
What a super morning in Yellowstone.

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