• Kevin Esser

Yellowstone NP, part III

To get some sunrise photos, our alarm clock rang at 4:30 in the morning. To arrive on time at a photogenic site of the madison river, we drove off when it was still dark. Tired and freezing, my girlfriend waited inside of our car. Meanwhile I disappeared in the dark, trying to find the perfect spot for the sunrise picture I had in my mind.

I guess it is not (always) easy to have a nature photographer as a boyfriend... thank you so much for your support and patience, Samira!

Sunrise at the Madison River
Sunrise at the Madison River

After we had warmed up and rested a little, we drove to Norris Geyser Basin. On the way there we stopped to take a look at the Gibbon Falls.


Gibbon Falls
Gibbon Falls
Emerald Spring
Emerald Spring
Norris Geyser Basin
Norris Geyser Basin
Crackling Lake
Crackling Lake

The rest of our time in YNP, we spent at the Madison River. Among others, we saw a nicely posing male Elk (Cervus canadensis), a cute little Boreal Chorus Frog (Pseudacris maculata) and several Wandering Garter Snakes (Thamnophis elegans vagrans).


Madison River
Madison River
Cervus canadensis - Elk
Cervus canadensis - Elk
Pseudacris maculata - Boreal Chorus Frog
Pseudacris maculata - Boreal Chorus Frog
Pseudacris maculata - Boreal Chorus Frog
Pseudacris maculata - Boreal Chorus Frog
Wandering Garter Snake in its habitat
Wandering Garter Snake in its habitat
Thamnophis elegans vagrans - Wandering Garter Snake
Thamnophis elegans vagrans - Wandering Garter Snake

Yellowstone National Park is an incredible place. The stunning and unique landscapes and the diverse wildlife are simply overwhelming. We had an amazing time and we hope to visit YNP again... some day.