16 Oct 18 Back from Yellowstone; 12 days, 2,450 miles, and 3200+ images. Got back Sunday evening late and far too tired to even try to send out a mailing. Weather was a challenge the entire trip as were the photographic opportunities; virtually no animals other than one small and one medium sized herd of bison and two small herds of elk plus one coyote way out yonder. All told perhaps 250 animals total! I had expected to encounter at least 10x that number. A huge disappointment to say the least. But the weather itself was the main player this time around as will be obvious in what I share from the trip. Even though I shot the frames I did I never felt like I was on my mark, perhaps because my inspiration stayed behind; you can decide for yourself from the 1% or so of the frames I plan to share. Started out the trip by taking another route to I-90 to avoid the I-5 parking lot. As I approached the opposite shore of Puget Sound the landscape was enshrouded in cloud (some of you may be able to make out a couple of structures); little did I realize at the time that this was a harbinger for the trip. First day out the weather was lush, next day was nothing but rain and stormy. That was followed by more stormy weather, then rain, then clear sunny day and a half followed by snow, then stormy, then bright sunshine, and that followed by everything you can imagine in a single day in which I did get some impressive storm shots unlike last February when those with whom I was traveling totally blew capturing what might have been the storm of the century in Yellowstone. So this Fall's set of Yellowstone images will be mostly weather vice animal related. I had two goals for the trip, getting that from the top of Prismatic Spring image - never even got near it - and meeting with a contractor friend to do some remodeling of the condo which I did accomplish. So the basic reason photographically for the trip was a bust but I did get a promise from a park Ranger who lives in the condo complex to walk with me to the Prismatic Spring next spring so I can get my shot! And before we arrive the condo remodel will be complete. I guess all that ends well can't be all that bad; we'll let the images tell.
Other than some cropping this is straight from the camera. Not So Subtle Forewarning Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/6400 sec @ f / 9.