Bison, elk and social distance: A photographer’s view from Yellowstone during delta
At Yellowstone National Park, I got to experience glamping for the first time. No WiFi, no shower in the tent, no heater. I was only able to warm myself with fire in the stove, but it was the best way to enjoy nature. At our glamping site, I see a rainbow casting in the forests.
Pronghorn are found mainly in the Northern section of Yellowstone National Park. After a year of the park's closure from the recent pandemic, they come out to greet visitors.
Left: Grand Prismatic Spring is one of Yellowstone’s most iconic sights, with a rainbow of colors radiating from the center of the pool to the edges. Right: Microorganisms create a beautiful texture at the Grand Prismatic Spring.
The board trails of the Grand Prismatic Spring through the midway Geyser Basin. The spring has a different look during the summer and winter.
I took the southern route to visit one of the well-known spots, Artist Point, where we could have an overlooking view of the Yellowstone River's Upper Falls.
Some children run around a group of bison around sunset.
I loved the views at the park so much that almost every day, I would leave at sunset. One evening, as the light cast on the river, I saw a man fly-fishing.
Most of Yellowstone National Park sits atop a supervolcano. The supervolcano powers the geothermal activity in the park, creating the geyser basins and bubbling mud pots.
Left: A van parks at one of the viewpoints at Grand Teton National Park. Right: I took a boat trip on Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. This scenic cruise was one of the highlights of the trip.
I remember when I was a girl, Yellowstone National Park was one of those places I saw in travel magazines and a place I always dreamed of visiting. Now as a photographer, I get to capture it myself.
My friend and I decided to take a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park after months of nonstop working.
The park’s general route looks like the number eight. Depending on our daily plan, we stayed at four different lodges during our seven-day trip. We stayed at Under Canvas Yellowstone, a glamping site located just 10 minutes from the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park. We took the southern route first, then the northern.
Because of the pandemic, some of the park’s access was limited in 2020. Park staff said it almost feels like the park healed itself from damage and pollution. Once the park fully reopened, land was cleaner, and the animals approached more closely — although the latter isn’t always a good thing.
Animals are usually active from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. We managed to get up early so we wouldn’t miss them and the beautiful sunrise views. We saw groups of bison gathering on the hill, pronghorn antelopes crossing roads, and bears walking through bushes.