New Release of Night Fire

09/12/2020  |  Yellowstone National Park

Introducing my new release Night Fire! I spent three nights in Yellowstone National Park September 4,5 and 6 2020 and had an amazing time! This night I befriended another photographer named Joe and we shot this scene and others. I love how this photograph turned out with the hot spring steam rising up to the Milky Way galaxy and the red glow in the sky from the nearby forest fire.

milky way night sky over geyser Yellowstone National Park
Night Fire
Yellowstone National Park

Limited Edition of 50 Museum Grade, Fine Art Prints.

I had been in south eastern Idaho photographing and decided to spend Labor Day weekend in Yellowstone. The crowds and traffic were awful and to make matters worse they closed the highway 89 from Old Faithful to the Lake because of a fire. None of this really bothered me because I'm only out early in the morning and then from sunset to midnight when there really aren't a lot of people around. I slept and took it easy all day long on September 6, 2020 and then headed to Fountain Paint Pots to photograph as the sun was going down. I was walking up to the board walk and I saw another photographer sitting on the bench with his camera and tripod. He was wearing all camouflage and I walked up to him and said "hey, you're wearing my favorite color!" He laughed and we got talking and ended up hanging out the rest of the night! I had scouted Black Sand Basin early and thought some of the hot pots would be cool to shoot the Milky Way over. When it got dark I told him about my plan and he asked if he could tag along. We drove up the road and got set up and I tried using my flashlight to light the springs but it was just too bright. He said "wait I have some Lume Cubes in my car I have never used!" He went and got them and I suggested setting them up to the side to light the steam coming off the spring. I worked perfectly!! I love how this photograph turned out with the steam rising straight up and the galaxy angling in to the left. The red glow on the left horizon was the fire burning just out of view and the smoke gave the reddish yellow tint to the lower part of the galaxy.

Night Fire shown as a 30x45 inch print in Roma, Stone Etched Gold frame and Black Liner.

Yellowstone National Park is an American national park located in the western United States, largely in the northwest corner of Wyoming and extending into Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872.[6][7] Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S. and is also widely held to be the first national park in the world.[8] The park is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful geyser, one of its most popular.[9] While it represents many types of biomes, the subalpine forest is the most abundant. It is part of the South Central Rockies forests ecoregion.

Although Native Americans have lived in the Yellowstone region for at least 11,000 years,[10] aside from visits by mountain men during the early-to-mid-19th century, organized exploration did not begin until the late 1860s. Management and control of the park originally fell under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of the Interior, the first Secretary of the Interior to supervise the park being Columbus Delano. However, the U.S. Army was eventually commissioned to oversee management of Yellowstone for a 30-year period between 1886 and 1916.[11] In 1917, administration of the park was transferred to the National Park Service, which had been created the previous year. Hundreds of structures have been built and are protected for their architectural and historical significance, and researchers have examined more than a thousand archaeological sites.

Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 sq mi (8,983 km2),[3] comprising lakes, canyons, rivers, and mountain ranges.[9] Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The caldera is considered a dormant volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years.[12] Half of the world's geysers[13][14] and hydrothermal features[15] are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism. Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover most of the land area of Yellowstone. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth's northern temperate zone.[16] In 1978, Yellowstone was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians have been documented, including several that are either endangered or threatened.[9] The vast forests and grasslands also include unique species of plants. Yellowstone Park is the largest and most famous megafauna location in the contiguous United States. Grizzly bears, wolves, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk live in this park. The Yellowstone Park bison herd is the oldest and largest public bison herd in the United States. Forest fires occur in the park each year; in the large forest fires of 1988, nearly one third of the park was burnt. Yellowstone has numerous recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, boating, fishing, and sightseeing. Paved roads provide close access to the major geothermal areas as well as some of the lakes and waterfalls. During the winter, visitors often access the park by way of guided tours that use either snow coaches or snowmobiles.[17]

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