09 Dec 16. Immediately south of the Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park on the east side of the road is Firehole Lake Drive which is actually not associated with Firehole Lake! This is a short one-way snaky drive of less than five miles. Along the way you encounter a number of geothermic attractions among which is one geyser whose name I don't remember but it is of interest if for no other reason than it erupts sporadically, with years in between. If you happen to be there when it goes it is likely a once-in-a-lifetime event. So far not in my presence. When we visited this last fall it had just stopped raining, more accurately it was a break in the rain, and the vegetation was dripping wherever you looked. Close to where we first stopped was a stand of pines, the needles heavy with water, almost making the tree look as if it were lit with LED lights. The wind was blowing, the light poor, and reasonably cold to boot, so we didn't spend a lot of time shooting but I did think it worth some effort at the time and this is the result. With the wind doing its thing, it was a moving composition with the only option of going with some branches sharp and the rest a bit soft. But it serves to document the wind which was present. With a little imagination and some deft manipulation in your favorite graphics program I'm wagering you can change the white lights to multiple colors and have your own Christmas tree.
This was slightly cropped and that was it. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 500; 1/25 sec @ f / 8 hand held.
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