I saw a book at a Yellowstone bookstore titled “Yellowstone: A Land of Wild and Wonder”, written by Christopher Cauble. The cover photograph on the book was of a Yellowstone boardwalk. I liked the composition and decided I would look for a similar scene. I actually found two very long and straight boardwalk segments. The one below was my favorite as the yellow grasses were more attractive to me than the bare ground. This photograph was taken just north of the famous “Old Faithful” geyser.
Yellowstone National Park is the most dangerous National Park in the US and the boardwalks are in place to protect the tourists. Yellowstone NP sits atop the world’s largest caldera and it has many geothermal features such as geysers and hot springs scattered throughout the park. Water in most of the hot springs is around 200-degrees Fahrenheit with some exceeding 250-degrees. In addition, many of the springs and geysers are filled with minerals and chemicals including sulfuric acid (low concentrations). In June of this year, a tourist fell into one of the hot, acidic springs. His body was never recovered. After searching for a period of time, park rangers determined that there were no remains left in the hot spring to recover. So the next time you visit Yellowstone, remember to stay on the boardwalks.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 16 mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/18, shutter speed at 1/15th of a second and the ISO set at 100. I captured three bracketed images (-1, 0, +1) and did the preliminary processing in Lightroom then completed the image in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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