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Yellowstone Photo Series Pt 1 - Union Falls, Morning Falls, and Terraced Falls

 
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Sep 02, 2014 09:03 |  #1

This summer I had the incredible opportunity to live and work in Yellowstone at Old Faithful. As a result, my shutter clicked over 70,000 times resulting in just over 2,100 good photos. I saw 35 new waterfalls (putting my personal waterfall count to 263 in 48 states), and over 2100 geyser eruptions (including some very rare, powerful, and large eruptions in incredible settings). The photos are gonna be posted in a series.

First up is a 3 day backpacking trip through the southern Bechler region known as "Cascade Corner". We visited the 140ft Terraced Falls, 260ft Union Falls, and the 100degF 60ft tall Morning Falls.

Terraced was first and required 3mi of off trail bushwacking to get to. It was an incredible sight to come out to a 200ft canyon with THIS at the bottom:

IMAGE: http://ryanmaurerphoto.tripod.com/1bTerraced.jpg
1.5sec, ISO 100, f10, CPL filter. 3image panorama with a Canon 10-22mm lens. Yes folks, a 10mm lens could not get the whole view.

Union came the next morning, after seven hours of rain during which my camera died and my friends camera began a 17hr coma. So as a result the next few photos were with *gasps* a NIKON.

Union is spectacular. Just beyond belief. It is huge, imposing, beautiful, and powerful as all hell. We saw it from above, below, clouded, and in late evening sun. Good God was it a fantastic spot. More over, it was my 250th waterfall!
IMAGE: http://ryanmaurerphoto.tripod.com/2Union.jpg
IMAGE: http://ryanmaurerphoto.tripod.com/6Union.jpg

Up next, we bushwacked another 2mi to Morning Falls through marshes, swamps, bogs, and ravines. But it was oohhh soooo nice to swim in the steaming waters. Yes folks, that is STEAM coming off of it!! Like something out of Lord of the Rings!
IMAGE: http://ryanmaurerphoto.tripod.com/3Morning.jpg
IMAGE: http://ryanmaurerphoto.tripod.com/4Morning.jpg

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Sep 02, 2014 09:07 |  #2

IMAGE: http://ryanmaurerphoto.tripod.com/5Morning.jpg

The next day, my friends Canon t4i miraculously woke up and we ran back to Union for a couple more photos.

I took one from the top:
IMAGE: http://ryanmaurerphoto.tripod.com/7Union.jpg

And one from the bottom:
IMAGE: http://ryanmaurerphoto.tripod.com/8Union.jpg
this one just shows the immense size of Union, 260ft tall and 200ft wide. Where that person is standing there are 60mph winds whipping you around every which way and rain comes flying off of you in horizontal streaks. You can't speak to anyone more than 6in from you and you have to lean in to remain upright.


After this, my one friend, whom I had to beg to get out of the geyser fields, bear hugged me and said, "THANK YOU!"

It was quite the backpacking trip. After 26 long miles we came back to Old Faithful where one of us said, "What do we do now?"

Well, I for one packed up my t3i and shipped it to Mack warranties to be fixed/replaced!

More photos to come, C&C welcome

Ryan

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Sep 02, 2014 09:22 as a reply to  @ rpmaurer's post |  #3

Never knew these existed. Thanks for posting!


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Sep 02, 2014 11:17 |  #4

Very nice. Look forward to more. Most Yellowstone visitors will never see the hidden treasures.




  
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Sep 02, 2014 11:36 |  #5

Wonderful shots. That is one section of the park I have never had the good fortune to visit. Thanks so much for sharing this little-viewed part of Yellowstone.


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Sep 02, 2014 11:59 |  #6

Excellents shots...


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Sep 02, 2014 21:07 |  #7

All in all, a very good series. The 3rd looks somewhat yellow, you may want to re-visit that one for WB. I've been in that area, to Cave Falls, but never into the back country where you were. Sounds like a wonderful experience.


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Sep 02, 2014 21:09 |  #8

Outstanding shots, I to have never heard of Union Falls but will seek it out next time we are there.
Thanks for sharing these...




  
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Sep 02, 2014 22:45 as a reply to  @ Merlin Driver's post |  #9

We had a fantastic sunset that day, it was really that yellow.


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Sep 03, 2014 07:20 |  #10

Very very nice,


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Sep 03, 2014 09:00 |  #11

Great series. All very nice shots.


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