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Yellowstone National Park
(May 2019)

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This is a picture of the Upper Yellowstone Falls.  The Upper Yellowstone Falls is near Canyon Village. This is a very impressive waterfall, even if it is not as impressive as the nearby Lower Falls.  The best views of the Falls are from the south side of the canyon, at the Uncle Tom's Point (where this picture was taken).  Although the Upper Falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone at 109 feet tall, is significantly smaller than its lower counterpart, they’re just as impressive.

Picture Number: CM1_3744

Date: May 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 200     Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec

F-Stop: f/11     Lens: 38 mm

This is a picture of a portion of a herd of bison as it grazes alongside the Madison River. The Madison River, perhaps the most famous of all the rivers in Montana, begins in Yellowstone National Park at the confluence of the Firehole River and Gibbon River. From its origin, it flows for more than 140 miles through exceptionally beautiful scenery before it reaches the Missouri River near the town of Three Forks, Montana. 

Picture Number: CM1_3702

Date: May 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 200     Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec

F-Stop: f/8     Lens: 55 mm

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Upper Mesa Falls is a waterfall on the Henry’s Fork in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Upstream from Lower Mesa Falls, it is roughly 16 miles away from Ashton, Idaho. Upper Mesa Falls is roughly 114 feet high and 200 feet wide. Upper Mesa Falls – as tall as a 10-story building – pours over remnants of an ancient volcanic super-eruption that spewed ash over much of the current US. A mile south, Lower Mesa Falls repeats the performance. The river is continually chiseling away at the solidified ash and lava. Some layers are more than a million years old.  Mesa Falls Tuff, which is the rock over which Upper Mesa Falls cascades, was formed 1.3 million years ago. A cycle of rhyolitic volcanism from the Henrys Fork caldera deposited a thick layer of rock and ash across the area.  This layer compressed and hardened over time. Between 200,000 and 600,000 years ago, the river eroded a wide canyon which was subsequently partly filled with basalt lava flows. The Henrys Fork of the Snake River then carved the channel through the basalt; which is the inner canyon seen today. Upper and Lower Mesa Falls are the last prominent waterfalls on the Snake River to resist human control.

Picture Number: CM1_3677

Date: May 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 200     Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec

F-Stop: f/7.1     Lens: 18 mm

While driving through the park on our way back to West Yellowstone we spotted this bison just laying down right next to the road (probably not 30 feet away).  Luckily there was a pull out just across the road.  We parked and were able to get this picture.

Picture Number: CM1_4399

Date: May 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 400     Shutter Speed: 1/1250 sec

F-Stop: f/5.3     Lens: 240 mm

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One of the highlights of all of Yellowstone National Park is Grand Prismatic Spring. This is a huge oval pool 370 feet across and 120 feet deep that is surrounded by unusually colorful bands of algae and travertine terraces, with wavy run off channels, giving the appearance, from above, of a giant blue star. The pool constantly bubbles and steams, forming clouds of hot mist that blow around in the breeze and sometimes make the pool itself hard to see properly.

Picture Number: CM1_4368

Date: May 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 100     Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec

F-Stop: f/8     Lens: 19 mm

One of the highlights of all of Yellowstone National Park is Grand Prismatic Spring. This is a huge oval pool 370 feet across and 120 feet deep that is surrounded by unusually colorful bands of algae and travertine terraces, with wavy run off channels, giving the appearance, from above, of a giant blue star. The pool constantly bubbles and steams, forming clouds of hot mist that blow around in the breeze and sometimes make the pool itself hard to see properly.

Picture Number: CM1_4348

Date: May 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 100     Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec

F-Stop: f/9     Lens: 10 mm

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This is a picture of Firehole Falls.  Firehole Falls is a waterfall on the Firehole River in southwestern Yellowstone National Park in the United States. The falls are located within Firehole Canyon on Firehole Canyon Drive, a one-way road that parallels the main Madison Junction to Old Faithful road. The falls are located approximately 0.5 miles upstream from the confluence of the Firehole and Gibbon Rivers at Madison Junction. Firehole Falls is a 40-foot waterfall amidst 800-foot thick lava flows forming the canyon walls. The waterfall was said to be the result of a large pool of lava that once filled the massive Yellowstone Supervolcano’s caldera. The lava eventually hardened into the more erosion-resistant rhyolite layer over which the falls dropped. The Firehole River would continue to erode away the softer layers thereby growing this waterfall over time.

Picture Number: CM1_4278

Date: May 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 200     Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec

F-Stop: f/8     Lens: 27 mm

This picture of a bald eagle (named Zach) was taken at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, MT.  The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center was started by Lewis S. Robinson, and opened in 1993 with three bears as the Grizzly Discovery Center. It was intended as a sanctuary for bears that were removed from the wild because they had become too familiar or aggressive with people. In 1995, the G.D.C was sold to New York-based Ogden Entertainment. A wolf exhibit and ten captive-born wolves were added to the center in 1996. In 1999, Ogden Entertainment decided to close the center if a buyer could not be found. Three long-term managers of the center formed a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and purchased the center for $1.7 million.  The center then made agreements with Yellowstone National Park to host some of the park's programs and to test bear resistant containers for the US Postal Service. In 2001 it received accreditation from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).  In 2002, the center was renamed "Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center."

Picture Number: CM1_3974_GEN

Date: May 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 400     Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec

F-Stop: f/5.6     Lens: 200 mm

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This is a picture of a portion of a herd of bison as it grazes alongside the Madison River. The Madison River, perhaps the most famous of all the rivers in Montana, begins in Yellowstone National Park at the confluence of the Firehole River and Gibbon River. From its origin, it flows for more than 140 miles through exceptionally beautiful scenery before it reaches the Missouri River near the town of Three Forks, Montana. 

Picture Number: CM1_3866

Date: May 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 200     Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec

F-Stop: f/7.1     Lens: 90 mm

This picture of the Yellowstone River was taken from the Chithuen Bridge looking downstream.

Picture Number: CM1_3816

Date: May 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 110     Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec

F-Stop: f/11     Lens: 18 mm

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This is a picture of the Lower Yellowstone Falls. Lower Falls is the most famous in the Park.  In fact, it is most likely the second most photographed spot in Yellowstone, with Old Faithful Geyser being the first.  At 308 feet, the Lower Falls is the tallest waterfall in the park. In terms of height alone, it’s more than twice the size of Niagara Falls. The amount of water flowing over the falls varies greatly depending on the season. At peak runoff times in the spring, 63,500 gal/sec flow over the falls, whereas at lower runoff times in the fall, the flow diminishes to 5,000 gal/sec. There are numerous views of the Falls from both the east (Inspiration Point, Grandview Point and Lookout Point) and west (Artists Point) sides of the Grand Canyon, most of which require only a short walk or virtually no walk to see. (This picture was taken at Artist’s Point)  The canyon’s colors were created by hot water acting on volcanic rock. It was not these colors, but the river’s yellow banks at its distant confluence with the Missouri River, that occasioned the Minnetaree Indian name which French trappers translated as roche jaune, yellow stone. The canyon has been rapidly downcut more than once, perhaps by great glacial outburst floods. Little deepening takes place today.

Picture Number: CM1_3782

Date: May 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 125     Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec

F-Stop: f/8     Lens: 112 mm

This is a picture of the Lower Yellowstone Falls. Lower Falls is the most famous in the Park.  In fact, it is most likely the second most photographed spot in Yellowstone, with Old Faithful Geyser being the first.  At 308 feet, the Lower Falls is the tallest waterfall in the park. In terms of height alone, it’s more than twice the size of Niagara Falls. The amount of water flowing over the falls varies greatly depending on the season. At peak runoff times in the spring, 63,500 gal/sec flow over the falls, whereas at lower runoff times in the fall, the flow diminishes to 5,000 gal/sec. There are numerous views of the Falls from both the east (Inspiration Point, Grandview Point and Lookout Point) and west (Artists Point) sides of the Grand Canyon, most of which require only a short walk or virtually no walk to see. (This picture was taken at Artist’s Point).  The canyon’s colors were created by hot water acting on volcanic rock. It was not these colors, but the river’s yellow banks at its distant confluence with the Missouri River, that occasioned the Minnetaree Indian name which French trappers translated as roche jaune, yellow stone. The canyon has been rapidly downcut more than once, perhaps by great glacial outburst floods. Little deepening takes place today.

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Picture Number: CM1_3770

Date: May 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 125     Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec

F-Stop: f/8     Lens: 105 mm

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This is a picture of the Upper Yellowstone Falls.  The Upper Yellowstone Falls is near Canyon Village. This is a very impressive waterfall, even if it is not as impressive as the nearby Lower Falls.  The best views of the Falls are from the south side of the canyon, at the Uncle Tom's Point (where this picture was taken).  Although the Upper Falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone at 109 feet tall, is significantly smaller than its lower counterpart, they’re just as impressive.

Picture Number: CM1_3751

Date: May 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 180     Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec

F-Stop: f/8     Lens: 27 mm

While driving from Middle Geyser Basin to Grand Prismatic Springs we happened to notice these two bears on the far slope.  They were several hundred feet away so we could not get a real good look at them; but they appeared to be a mother and her (perhaps) yearly cub.

Picture Number: CM1_4326

Date: May 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 400     Shutter Speed: 1/1600 sec

F-Stop: f/5.6     Lens: 300 mm

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This is a picture of the Keppler Cascades. Kepler Cascades is a waterfall on the Firehole River in southwestern Yellowstone National Park in. The cascades are located approximately 2.6 miles south of Old Faithful. The cascades drop approximately 150 feet over multiple drops. This three-tiered cascade drops over 50 feet as the Firehole River flows North.  The cascades are located very near to and visible from the Old Faithful to West Thumb road.  The Kepler Cascades were actually named in 1881 for the 12-year-old son of Wyoming’s territorial governor, Kepler Hoyt, who toured the park with his father, Governor John Hoyt.

Picture Number: CM1_0125

Date: May 2019

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 200     Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec

F-Stop: f/7.1     Lens: 18 mm

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