Autumn in the National Parks – The Grand Canyon

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So, continuing on with the grand adventure trip – day 7 began with our visit to Bryce Canyon (our previous post) and concluded with an overnight in the Grand Canyon.  As we approached the North Rim of the world’s most famous hole in the ground, things looked pretty ominous and gray, with a light mist hanging over our approach.  Just inside the park (and the only time we actually got even a hint of rain while shooting) we found a small herd of bison.  Their great, great, great, great grandparents were actually brought to the park from Yellowstone in some sort of breeding experiment – it didn’t work, but the herd remains – albeit oddly smaller and more springy than their more northern counterparts.  It took us another 30 minutes or so to arrive at the North Rim Lodge, where we had fortuitously booked a cabin to spend the night.  The Lodge, though considerably smaller than Old Faithful Inn has a similar ambiance and one whopper of a view.  But, with the clouds dissipating and the prospect of an actual sunset, we grabbed a pizza (affordable and tasty!) from the lodge’s cafe, hopped in the Mustang, dropped the top, and headed to Cape Royal, about 40 minutes down the road.  We arrived with just minutes to spare and were greeted with the view above.

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As the sun passed through the sliver of daylight between the clouds and canyon, Bryn and I photographed at a bit of a fever pitch to make the most of the momentary appearance of the sun.  As it dipped below the horizon, we brought out the tripod and captured the cliffs and canyon around us in the dwindling light (above).  As night drew in around us, we walked the half mile path back to the car and headed to our little cabin on the rim.   It had been a long day, but before we called it a night, we went out to the observation deck of the lodge and shot a few night photos.  Far from ideal with the bright moon obscuring the stars and producing a fair bit of lens flare, I was still able to get a few shots that I enjoyed.  Had we another day, I would have ventured to the south rim to take advantage of the moonlight on the canyon below – but as it was, we were on a tight schedule on Day 8 as we headed East toward the Vermilion Cliffs, Horseshoe Bend and a sunset appointment with Arches.

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Autumn in the National Parks – Yellowstone South

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Welcome to part two of our wonderful out west adventure.  Today, we’re featuring the two days we spent exploring the southern portion of Yellowstone National Park.  After spending two nights at Mammoth Hotel (one night in the hotel, one night in a rustic cabin) we headed South.  Our route took us east, through Tower Junction, and then south, to Canyon, West to Madison Junction, and finally south again to Old Faithful Inn (below), where we had the great privileged of staying for two nights.  While in the southwestern portion of the park, we explored a myriad of geysers, hot springs and thermal features in and along the Firehole River.  Wildlife was fewer and less diverse in this area, though winter apparently brings many species south to the thermal-heated landscape. We did see some lone Bison, like the big bull above, as well as a smallish herd near Midway Geyser Basin, but that was about it.  However, the geothermal features proved nearly as interesting as the wildlife, at least to Bryn and I.

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So, a little more about Old Faithful Inn.  The inn was built over the course of one year – 1903 – by just a little over 50 men.  The great hall (above) stands 78 feet tall to mimic the height of the surrounding evergreen forest, and is topped with an honest to goodness tree house – a bit of whimsy the then 29 year old architect Robert Reamer added to the massive interior.  The hotel was built out of locally sourced wood and stone – quarried and cut within a 5 mile perimeter of the hotel.   Our room was in part of the original hotel (called the old house) – room #51 – in a cozy little corner on the first floor overlooking the front entry.  Now, as you can see from the image in the gallery below, the historically accurate drapes may have left a little bit to be desired, but I have to say they were better at masking what was inside than I feared.  Overall, the historic room was truly wonderful, with all the modern comforts we needed, but with all the time-traveling charm of life in a grand Victorian hotel.

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We also tried our hand at a bit of astrophotography – our first was foray spent with Old Faithful during a cloudless night with a nearly quarter, waxing crescent moon.  Even with the brightness of the moon, the amount of stars we could see after just a few minutes outside was stunning.  I didn’t realize just how much light pollution we have in FL – It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the Milky Way with my naked eye!  So, we setup our shot while waiting for the big event (about 90 minutes apart) and we were ready when the geyser erupted.  Above is our favorite shot from the show.  All in all, Yellowstone was an amazing experience!  Next up, Grand Teton National Park!

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Autumn in the National Parks – Yellowstone North

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Earlier this month, we had the wonderful pleasure of spending 10 days out west in several of the National Parks.  I had only ever been to these parks once as a teenager, and Bryn had never had the opportunity, so needless to say the thought of the crisp autumn air and some of the best landscapes our country has to offer left us giddy with anticipation.  The trip, all 3,000 miles of it, couldn’t have been better, or for that matter more diverse.  From driving through snow in Yellowstone, to 90 degree temps along the mighty Colorado River, from majestic elk to tourist-fat chipmunks, from the glacial beauty of the Grand Tetons to the heart-stopping drop-off at Horseshoe Bend – it was all spectacular.

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All in all, we shot 4,200 images including over 100 panoramas.  So, over the next week or so, as I edit, I’ll be sharing with you some of our favorite images from the trip, along with some thoughts about visiting each park around this time of year – starting today with the northern bits of Yellowstone National Park.  We’ll have plenty of HD wallpaper free for the taking, and we’ll be doing limited custom runs of several of these images if you are interested in purchasing a print (more details at our fine art website).  And one more note – I certainly can’t go on without thanking the good folks at Canon who lent us a 600mm F4 lens for the trip – it’s a tremendous lens and allowed me to capture pictures (such as the photo at the top of this post) that I simply couldn’t get with our current equipment.  Thanks Ben!

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So, let’s get started!  Our trip began with a flight into Denver and a 14.5 hour drive (including more than a few generous stops) to Mammoth Hot Springs in the Northwestern corner of Yellowstone.  We entered the park through the Cody, WY entrance, and luckily got through the pass less than an hour before they shut it down due to accumulating snow – something that is quite fun in a RWD Mustang with all season tires…  But we made it in safe and sound, had a warm meal and settled into the historic old hotel at Mammoth.  The next morning we awoke bright and early and set out exploring the northern part of Yellowstone, doing so over the next two days.

Autumn in Yellowstone is simply beautiful.  Though the trees are mostly conifers, you’ll find an occasional cluster of color to accompany the now golden grasses of the valleys.  We were even treated to a fresh dusting of snow and some frosty bison on our first morning.  The hot springs themselves were pretty spectacular, though the boardwalks proved more suited to ice skating than walking in the early morning shadows.  It seemed to me that the wildlife was pretty active – especially the angst-laden 13 point bull elk that had taken up residence on the Mammoth Hotel campus.  Lamar Valley was perhaps my favorite part of the park – with its expansive grasslands polka-dotted with herds of elk and antelope, and large numbers of bison.  We even saw a couple of shy black bears.  On our second morning, just as the sun was rising and before many people were out, we even found ourselves in a bison traffic jam – and for about 10 minutes we drove along, making a little headway here and there amongst the herd as they slowly made their way down the road.  It was quite to enchanting experience.

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