I made a fast pass through Yellowstone NP around sunrise on September 2, 2011. It was a shortcut to a new photo site I’ve dubbed the Blue Bank Hoodoos and then on to a three day swing through The Big Empty.
My primary goal was to capture the classic panorama of the Grand Prismatic Spring at sunrise from a nearby elevated hill. With its incredible colors Grand Prismatic from altitude is one of the most spectacular images in all of Yellowstone.
As fate would have it, after hiking and climbing the hill at sunrise, morning steam drifted over the spring and obscured all the great colors. Dang! Oh, well… next time.
Castle Geyser in the Upper Geyser Basin proved to be a little more cooperative in the few minutes I was there. I attempted, less successfully, to capture a second shot with a buffalo grazing near an erupting Castle Geyser.