There's nothing quite like it. The crowds are gone and except for the like-minded or occasional snowmobilers, the place has a beautiful quietness. Spending a night in Gardiner, we made our way to Mammoth Lodge to meet our transportation to the Snow Lodge at Old Faithful arriving in time for lunch and a walk around Old Faithful itself catching a mid-afternoon eruption. On cold mornings, the steam in the geyser basins cause frost to cling to everything and, if it's sunny as well, the nature photographer has a feast shooting hoar frost everywhere. We awoke the first full day of our adventure greeted by that kind of morning. It was a great day to be out shooting. The second and third days brought overcast skies and a little snow; perfect for "chasing" wildlife and for photographing waterfalls and Yellowstone Canyon. Of course, we photographed the great winter landscape as well. Our guides were excellent; not only knew their way around but where we needed to be and at what time. After our days at Old Faithful, we were taken back to Mammoth Lodge where we spent a few hours around the fountains and springs in the area. Here's a sampling of images created by our participants; a fun group to be with.
Al Sandberg catches a couple of bison scrounging for food buried beneath the snow. In the background, we can see steam rising from geysers and other hot spring sources.
Eric Ferm catches a couple of friendly Coyotes searching for food.
Lynn Satterfield and Randall Pinson catch a bison turning its head back and forth and it sweeps away the snow covering the meal below. Frost from the cold morning clings to its face.
Lynn and Randall also find an area where the snow and surrounding steam stick to foliage.
A nice image of snow and water from a hot spring by Mark Cline. Again, the geysers and other hot springs create a misty or foggy background that helps to isolate the foreground of spring and trees.
Pat Slentz captures a Fountain Paint Pot in the Lower Basin area showing the nice detail of its its edge along with the blue/green color of the pot itself.
Here's Paul Covell's impressionistic look of the forest edge. By moving his camera, he creates a vision of snow blowing through the trees.
A great group of photographers