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Mammoth Hot Springs - Yellowstone

"The Forgotten Terrace"


After spending a couple of days in Grand Teton, and watching the weather very carefully, I decided to head to Yellowstone for a window of weather that would allow me to get in the West entrance and up to the Mammoth area.


I arrived in Yellowstone just in time to learn from other photographers that I'd just missed a grizzly...oh well, it was getting late and the light was fading and the woman at the entrance told me that if I wanted a camp spot I should head straight to the campground in Mammoth as it was the only one open.


Ok, then I better make hast!


After leaving the grizzly sighting location I was coming down into Mammoth and suddenly to my left I see this amazing scene unfolding...


A quick u-turn at the bottom of the hill, I raced back to the top, grabbed my gear and literally ran down to the Mammoth hot, I've been to Yellowstone before, several times, but I'd never taken the time to investigate this particular geothermal feature...WOW, it's amazing!


I ran down the boardwalk, the sky looking very promsing...all my gear setup for wildlife as I ran I was extending my tripod legs, adjusting settings, etc....


So I admit I settled in on the first good composition I found, yet this place is huge. I'm sure there are many other places to shoot, and maybe better, but this spot caught my eye and I went for it.


Once setup it was time to wait for the was turning color fast so the wait would not be long. I was switching between landscape and portait positions with my camera on the tripod and in my excitment I forgot to lock the camera down and as I pushed my eye up to the viewfinder IT FELL OFF!


My camera, yes, fell about 5 feet to the wood platform. My Canon 1Ds Mark III...yes, it retails for $8,000 and I forgot to clamp it down and it FELL.


I picked it up...paniced...gave it a quick visual look...then snapped a shot....




So back to shooting I went. SHEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!


Hope you enjoy this's an unusual location for sure...I dont see it being a big seller in the gallery but it was fun to take and I enjoyed the time I spent at this location.

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Taken on May 8, 2010