Two weekends ago, my family and I decided to make a quick trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. We didn’t have a lot of time, but we definitely needed the vacation. We spent the first day hiking in the Grand Tetons (I’ll post photos from that later). The second day, we pretty much sprinted through Yellowstone. That is a really big national park, but we managed to do most of it in just the one day even with my spasmodic impulses to take photos of everything and anything.

Yellowstone was absolutely incredible. It’s as if God carved out a section of the world as his own personal water color / chemistry set. Everything there seemed to have the cumulative depth of eons. I think renowned landscape photographer Ansel Adams said it best with this quote:

There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.

Ansel Adams also said this:

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.

The photos from that one day in Yellowstone are some of my favorites ever, but there were definitely some disappointments as well. Many of the photos were created using HDR and tone mapping, so it was a long editing process that sometimes ended in tragedy after hours of effort, but that just means I’ll have to go back…..or move there.