My good friend Steve and I spent the week of October 3rd to the 10th, 2016, visiting Yellowstone National Park. Of course we had both been there previously, but not for many years. In fact, our last time there was a whirlwind trip together through this fascinating world with our wives. But now we were there to explore this unique terrain on our own with our cameras and with no specific agenda other than what caught our imagination (we were bound, though, to return to previously arranged lodgings for the night).
Weather reports prior to the trip raised a degree of concern, but as it turned out we were favored with excellent conditions for picture making despite the unpredictability and ever-changing nature of the forecasts which seemed to bear little correlation with reality .
The week's itinerary consisted of two nights in West Yellowstone, MT, two nights in Gardiner, MT, two nights at Old Faithful, and a last night back in West Yellowstone. These locations provided excellent bases for seeing a good portion of the park including all of the major thermal areas.
For our first day in the park we decided to head to the Norris Geyser Basin. This was a sojourn of perhaps 30 miles from West Yellowstone and followed the Madison River for the first half of the drive and then the Gibbon River. The park had been graced with a dusting of overnight snow making the drive quite beautiful.
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Besides the thermal features providing most of the "wow" factor, there was an abundance of other interesting things along the trail. Click on an image for a separate slide show.
Near Norris Geyser Basin was another thermal attraction called Artists' Paintpots containing additional colorful and fascinating features. A small snowman at the start of the trail was a reminder of the previous night's snow.