Coming up to Hayden Valley from the east the Yellowstone River meanders across the landscape. This was just prior to sunrise - a time at which there is little human activity, and lots of animal activity. One can enjoy the sound of the birds and distant wolves howling.
It's a sunrise. But of course it's a star. On this morning, the sky was extra red due to the presence of forest fires farther west. This was taken not too far from the Bridge Bay campsite. The Lake Hotel is on the left, and I believe our star is rising just behind Little Saddle Mountain. My wife, kids, and I arose early this day to drive to Hayden Valley. In Yellowstone, early - very early - is best for seeing wildlife.
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Hayden Valley is an incredibly target rich environment for photography, and the character of the lighting changes nicely through the day. This is a mid-summer view of the Yellowstone River just before it reaches the greater Hayden Valley. The photograph was taken about 7:30 p.m., but since the Sun doesn't set until later this almost seems like an afternoon scene.
This image is a combination of two adjacent images, creating a panorama.
The Tetons viewed over the snake River.
Just before sunrise on the Yellowstone River