Yellowstone National Park: Jump into chilling beauty
I used to think that Yellowstone was more bizarre than beautiful. Not anymore. America’s first national park offers a landscape of extremes: spewing geysers, bubbling mud pots, hot springs, cold rivers, violent waterfalls, languid lakes, lush valleys, a rocky canyon and peaks just high enough to force a flatlander’s breath. The sky changes constantly. Blue above. Gray over there. Mist on the horizon. A rainbow overmy shoulder. There’s wildlife everywhere. And endless photographic possibilities. I could spend a lifetime here. I had three days. Andmy handy smartphone camera. Travel light. Rise early. Stay out late. Look everywhere. In a general store, I found souvenirs. And a T-shirt promoting Yellowstone as the “oldest & best.” I bought it.
Visitors cool off in the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park inWyoming on a sunny afternoon
in June. This and all other images in the photo
essay were shot using an iPhone 6.
Clockwise, from top: During a cool morning, visitors wander throughMidway Geyser Basin, passing Excelsior Geyser and its rising steam. With the geyser’s
temperature of nearly 200 degrees, the basin was once known as “Hell’s Half-Acre,” but Excelsior hasn’t had major eruptions in more than a century. Visitors observe the hardened white calcium carbonate terraces at Palette Spring atMammoth Hot Springs; a bison heads for a meal after lounging at the
edge ofMud Volcano/Sulphur Caldron (which smells like rotten eggs because of hydrogen sulfide); a hiker explores a trail leading to Trout Lake.