Photography Blog | Autumn in Yellowstone | West Thumb Geyser Basin

September 29, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Having quick access to one of the most popular national parks in America may seem like a blessing, and it is, but with the summer crowds invading like a swarm of biblical locusts, I tend to stay as far away as I can. You'll normally find me wandering around Yellowstone National Park when it first opens, or towards the end of the season. April of 2022 was the last time I visited, and with a weekend finally to myself, I decided to venture in to see what I could find. The first day of Autumn had arrived, and while the colorful sunrise I had hoped for didn't appear, the moody backdrop made for some fantastic captures. Each photo has a caption embedded, so be sure to hover over them to read more. Enjoy!

Yellowstone Landscape Photography | Nature Photography Prints For Sale | Cabin Wall ArtYellowstone Landscape Photography | Nature Photography Prints For Sale | Cabin Wall ArtI made the two hour drive to Yellowstone National Park at 4:30 AM, hoping for a colorful sunrise, but instead was greeted with darkness. All gloomy and moody, the first day of Autumn had made her appearance. The fall equinox signals a time for balance and pause and that’s just what I plan on doing. Less doing and more being, as we enter the final quarter of 2023!

Looking east, this would've made for a nice sunrise capture had the skies been clear. 

Geyser Pool Art | Yellowstone Landscape Photography | Framed Wall ArtGeyser Pool Art | Yellowstone Landscape Photography | Framed Wall ArtAs I walked the boardwalk, I passed a few individuals out early in the morning. A single girl had walked by me at this spot and we exchanged smiles. She stood in the corner looking down at the sapphire blue geyser pool, as I snapped photos. I had one capture in which she was photoed in. What was her story? What were her thoughts? 

Yellowstone National Park Photographs | Framed Wall Art | Cabin Wall ArtYellowstone National Park Photographs | Framed Wall Art | Cabin Wall ArtLooks inviting to swim in, but better to look from above, rather than burn from below.

I stood on the shoreline of Duck lake, alone. As I began to shut my eyes, a thin layer of steam permeated the autumn air. What was life like here 500 years ago? Everything around me stood still. A cold chill hit my face as I inhaled deeply. I exhaled, opened my eyes and thought to myself, “I really hope there are no bears creepin’ around!”

My favorite capture of the day, as Yellowstone Lake looks pure evilish. I love the detail of the clouds, and the way the light pops out from behind their veil. In the distance you can see steam rising from the West Thumb Geyser basin. This photo actually reminds more of something you’d see in Maine, rather than Wyoming.   A thin layer of snow coats the mountains beyond Yellowstone Lake. Winter beckons! Leaving the lower geyser basin in Yellowstone, you can get a pretty good view of your surroundings. Yellowstone Landscape Photography | Nature Photography Prints For Sale | Cabin Wall ArtYellowstone Landscape Photography | Nature Photography Prints For Sale | Cabin Wall ArtThe Madison river flows through Firehole Canyon. I found a nice spot to reflect on the day, as a splash of blue began to make an appearance.

One of those photos you drive past and capture, before you even look behind the camera.   This wasn't taken in the park, but on my way back from West Yellowstone. I love the golds and yellow against the backdrop of blue. Autumn has arrived!

Thanks for taking time to peruse these photography captures. 

To purchase some of these photographs in a variety or sizes and products, visit my Landscape Photography Fine Art portfolio, by clicking: HERE

I spent a day in North Yellowstone during the winter of 2022, to read more about that click on the blog entitiled: 24 Hours in North Yellowstone.

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