Yellowstone – the Scenic view
I always get hung up on taking wildlife photos that I sometimes forget that people might not know or understand the magnificence of places like the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. These parks are huge and they encompass many different environments from snow capped mountains to river carved valleys. It is impossible in a week to spend enough time to enjoy all the aspects of the parks that are incredible in their own way. Given my (and my friends) preoccupation with the wildlife, we didn’t spend alot of our limited time to take scenic photos even though we certainly took it all in during our stay. Today I thought I’d post just a couple of scenic shots to provide context for all the wildlife photos that I have been (and will be) posting. The first photo is one of the scenes that I always think about when I think of Yellowstone. It is in the Northeast corner of the park and is a great example of the joining of the rivers, the plains, and mountains. I took this photo on the day I got to the park – I think it also captures the changing nature of the weather which seems to be in constant flux this time of year.
The second shot is from the complete other end of the Yellowstone/Grand Teton area. This is from an overlook of the bending Snake River below the imposing face of the Grand Teton Mountain Range – one of the prettiest ranges in the country (in my opinion). This was an unusual picture for my trip as I was down in that area of the parks for a total of 4 days and this was one of the few times that I got to see the peaks of the Tetons…..