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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The Civil War: A Photographic Journey

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Few programs have had such an impact on me as Ken Burn’s The Civil War.  Maybe it’s because we’re both from NH, or perhaps its our shared love of history, but all I know is that the story of the Civil War as told by Ken Burns has moved this stoic Yankee to tears on many occasions.  And so, with the release of the newly 4k remastered version of The Civil War, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the series’ release, we thought it fitting to visit Fort Pulaski, along the banks Savannah River.  Though the bombardment of Fort Sumter in 1861 is recognized as the beginning of the Civil War, months earlier, on January 6, 1861, a band of 110 Georgia militiamen, at the behest of the governor over fears that the federals would occupy Fort Pulaski as they had Fort Sumter, sailed down the Savannah River and took the fort without bloodshed (there was a total of 1 federal soldier guarding the fort at the time of its capture).  Fast forward to April 1852, at the Federals set to taking their fort back – and after a 30 hour bombardment with new-fangled rifled canon, the fort was breached, the powder magazine dangerously exposed, and there was no choice but surrender.  As the dust settled, it was clear that the age of the masonry fort had come to an abrupt end.

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Since I first saw The Civil War, the desire to visit the hallowed grounds where our countrymen from North and South fought and fell has been strong.  Being a photographer, I think the allure is increased as this was the first war extensively photographed – with photography having only been invented 22 years earlier.  Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure to visit Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Fort Clinch, in addition to Fort Pulaski.  In the gallery below, you can view some of our favorite images from our civil war travels.

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The Civil War: A Photographic Journey

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Essence of Summer Part 6: In Panorama

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What better way to summarize our trip than to share with you a collection of our favorite panoramas from our Essence of Summer collection.  In total, we spent the better part of a month on the road – with corporate shoots in Atlanta, fine art shoots in North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire and Maine, and some much needed R&R with both sides of our family.  We had the opportunity to photograph a wide variety of settings and subjects, from loons, mergansers and moose, to tall ships and living history, to rainbows, thunderstorms, and spectral sunsets.  All in all, it felt like a pretty productive trip, though I will say that the new camera’s gigantic file size did make for slow going while editing images on the road.  In the next few weeks, you’ll see many of the photos from these posts appear on our fine art site, and should you want to purchase any of our affordably priced prints, you are welcome to drop us a line.  We hope you enjoyed joining us on our adventure and we plan to keep you up to date on new fine art projects from time to time.

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Essence of Summer Part 6: In Panorama

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Essence of Summer Part 5 – Barns and Bails

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As we wrapped up our Essence of Summer tour, we began winding our way along the spine of the Appalachians, driving south from New Hampshire to Virginia, and then, finally, home to Florida.  In Virginia we stopped a few days to spend time with family, and I found a moment or two to once again explore the beautiful country surrounding Abingdon, VA.  On one shoot, I admittedly had some trouble finding the sort of special vignettes I was looking for.  As day gave way to night, and after several hours of exploring, I still hadn’t found much that peaked my interest – that was until the last moments of light set the sky ablaze and a providential turn down just one more road led me to the scene you see above (and in the gallery below).

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Also on the trip, we went out to visit the Muster Grounds just south of Downtown Abingdon, VA.  This past weekend was the town’s Virginia Highlands Festival, and one of the neat offerings was a living history exhibit at the grounds, where a rag tag band of nearly 400 frontiersmen decided to take the battle to the British in 1780 – eventually resulting in the decisive victory over British Major Ferguson’s regulars at Kings Mountain on October 7, 1780.   We learned much about what life would have been like on the frontier and in revolutionary-era battles, and while I did wax just a bit nostalgic, I left feeling thankful I live in the 21st century.

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Essence of Summer – Barns and Bails

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