In late July we visited Yellowstone National Park and discovered a photographers dream. Whether you love wildlife, grand scenic landscapes, or the incredible geology and thermal features, there are many unique opportunities to explore and photograph. I feel so incredibly lucky to have spent two weeks and I’m in love with the photos captured! I’ll be framing a few of them and sharing many of them here.
The waterfall with the misty rainbow is the Lower Falls of Yellowstone Canyon. I was fortunate to find advice online about the rainbow which appears every morning. The secret is to be at Artists Point (an overlook for the falls) at 9:45 am on a clear day. The rainbow occurs every morning when the sun hits the mist at just the right angle. It starts as a purple haze and the colors gradually shift through the rainbow. By about 10:00 most of the color is gone if you are viewing from the point, but as you walk back toward the parking lot the rainbow reappears from the different angle.
We initially got to the waterfall much earlier to get pictures in the early light and hike along the south rim of the canyon. Most of the rock walls of the canyon are yellow with sections of reds and pinks. The sides are lined with rocky formations and ridges as the different types of rock erode unevenly.
The view below is from Artist Point looking away from the falls and it has the best view of all the red and pink shading on the north side.
After visiting the lower falls we moved upstream and took some pictures of the Upper Falls. This waterfall isn’t as impressive but it’s more accessible with steep trails to an overlook on the north side, and a trail to the base on the south side. This picture is from the south rim trail which has the most accessible overlook – one without serious climbing. Look at the overlook area on the other side for an idea of the scale of the falls.
I’ll be sharing more later, but these pictures are now in the gallery for your enjoyment!