Yellowstone Weekend

Grand Prismatic Spring - Search Nearby - Added by Daniel Brittain

Coming to Yellowstone has always been one of my top places on my adventure list. Experiencing this vast wilderness is like no other, you get vast landscapes, bison, wildlife, and weird steam with boiling pools of colorful water everywhere. I wanted to capture this place in all aspects of light and what you can see in the Yellowstone region. It hold so much to offer from the darkest of sys for star gazing to beautiful summer mornings to fly fish. Enjoy!

After driving clear across the country from Virginia Beach Virginia for three nights, we arrived in Yellowstone. We arrived late in the day due to out distraction with the Grand Tetons in the South entrance to the park. After setting up camp at Bridge Bay Campground and calling it an early night, we woke up to a beautiful sunny day. First we set off toward the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone to check out Lower Falls, a 308ft tall Falls of the Yellowstone River. Upon entering the Canyon, there is parking and access to view points/ trails. We ended up taking the Uncle Toms Cabin Trail. This trail taking you .03 miles to the bottom of the falls with 328 steps and 500 vertical feet down to the falls. This Trail almost always has a rainbow that is visible once you get down to Lower Falls. After, we went out exploring the western end of the park. Keep in mind that Yellowstone is Massive and only has a limited highway system that covers miles upon miles of land. Each section can take over an hour depending on bison in the road way or tourist stopping to have a look. From Canyon to Grand Prismatic, is about two hours around the southern loop with brought us to our next hike. To get the best view of Grand Prismatic, because of its size is to get above it. You must take to Fairy falls Trail about a 1/4 mile south of Midway Geyser Basin. Start this trail and once you are a 1/4 mile in and you have passed the small hot spring on your right hand side, there will be a hill side that is marked with signs that say stay off. This is where you have to ignore the signs and trek up the hill climbing over fallen trees and make your way high enough to view this amazing beast. After a long and adventurous day, we waited out until sunset and all the people had flocked to to the rooms and sites to get Grand Prismatic all to ourselves for a night shoot under the stars. On this night, it was the Perseid Meteor Shower, so I set up my Camera to time-lapse the shower for about an hour and a half. It was a complete contrast in day to night, the entire mood changes in Yellowstone. You can here wolves howling in the background and have a constant fear of a bear lurking around you. This is when i really felt like I was experiencing what this place has to offer. The next Morning was our time to leave. It was just as hard to leave as it was to get in. This wilderness never stopped throwing natural beauty our way. Driving North, we saw endless herds of bison feeding on the morning grass in which I could not pass up the Morning light and had to pull off for some shots. Lastly, I came across these two older men down by the rivers edge Fly Fishing on the most clean and clear morning. It was one of those iconic moments, so I went down and had a chat with them as I took some photos. One of them had told me that I had already missed the show at sunrise when they were fishing and a herd of bison crossed the river right infant of them while they threw their first flys out. All that I tell in this description had only happened in a two day span in Yellowstone, I can only imagine what I could see in a week or more. You just have to see for your self!

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Camping, Fishing, Photography, Hiking

Forest
Hot Springs
Lake
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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