Fishing Bridge Sunrise (Portrait, with gallery border)
Fishing Bridge, Lake Area, Yellowstone National Park (USA)
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I met up with a local photographer at 5:15 am at the Lake Hotel in order to get this shot. In the process I learned a few things: a. 5:15 am is really early; b. A few clouds are needed in order to have a really spectacular sunrise, c. at 5:15 am the entire park is yours.
The original bridge was built in 1902. It was a rough-hewn corduroy log bridge with a slightly different alignment than the current bridge. The existing bridge was built in 1937. The Fishing Bridge was historically a tremendously popular place to fish. Angling from the bridge was quite good, due to the fact that it was a major spawning area for cutthroat trout. However, because of the decline of the cutthroat population (in part, a result of this practice), the bridge was closed to fishing in 1973. Since that time, it has become a popular place to observe fish and other animals.
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Yellowstone Landscapes, Montana/Wyoming (USA)