Most of my childhood summers were spent with my parents traveling around the western United States going from one national park to another. In the early years we rode around in a green Pontiac station wagon that didn’t have air conditioning, towing a pop up tent trailer (this car also carried us as far south as Guatemala and all the way to Fairbanks, Alaska). My father was a chemist by profession, but his real love was national parks and photography. Back in those days he was a follower of Fred Bond’s book on photography called, “Westward How Through the Scenic West” and thanks to this bloody book we were up and driving with the first rays of sun every morning in pursuit of the perfect photographic opportunities.

My dad just turned 86 last in June and he would be happy to tell you that he has visited all 58 American national parks, including National Park of American Samoa in the Pacific. If you ask him what park is his favorite, I bet that he would tell you that they are all pretty special. However, there are a handful of national parks that really standout for their uniqueness and beauty, and one of them is Yellowstone.

In mid June I took my daughter through Yellowstone for her third time during our cross-country road trip and we stopped at the iconic lookout called Artist’s Point to grab this image, which is composed of three blended bracketed shots. It was about 10:20 in the morning and the light was pretty good. I wonder if Fred Bond would agree?

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