• Bill Waters

Yellowstone, Tetons and Fall Aspen

Updated: Apr 28, 2020

We just got back from a road trip up through UT and Wyoming stopping at the grand National Parks and trying to capture the images not already photographed by about a billion other photographers. That's tough to do but going where the tour busses and mega RV's are not and having patience often pays off. We visited crowded Moab, UT with it's Arches and Canyonlands National Parks as well as the overlooked jewel of Dead Horse State Park. Lots of pixels expended but only three or four shots were keepers. That's actually not a bad percentage if you set high standards for keepers.

We then drifted north occasionally crossing into Colorado to visit the Dinosaur National Park. I admit to low expectations but friends said it was worth it. It was. We recommend it if you have an interest in science and seeing the excavations that produced some of the best finds of petrified bones and plants from 120 million years ago. The park's efforts to display these finds is very successful. Then off to Flaming Gorge Recreation Area which one needs a boat to experience. With the mornings around 32 deg F and with a bit of wind, it would be uncomfortable to be on the water, even for an old salty sailor.

We hightailed it up to Jackson Hole to begin our nearly two weeks at the Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. And yes, we were right in the path of a late fall arctic front with plunging temperatures and snow. It turned out to not be that big a problem and it did produce glorious scenery for a photographer pair that loves capturing weather with their landscapes.

More to come in the next blog entry. Next time I'll try and provide locations where excellent photos often present themselves.


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