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There is no place quite like Yellowstone National Park. Its crowning jewel is the Grand Prismatic spring. Located in Yellowstone’s midway geyser basin it is the largest hot spring in the USA and third largest in the world.

This shot was taken on a trip through Wyoming during Autumn when Grand Prismatic spring looks a little more dramatic than in the busier summer months. When the weather is hotter you can see the spring more clearly from above. But the atmosphere of the steam rising from this boiling pool doesn’t materialise. We really like this shot as you can clearly see the vibrant colours created by the microbial mats that line the spring. But as the steam rises to meet the clouds it gives the impression that the clouds are forming from the heat of the spring itself.

Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park

Camera settings; Raw (NEF) – ISO 100, F8 @ 1/50 sec

Gear; Nikon D850 with 24-70 f2.8 G lens and Lee Filters landscape polariser and 0.6 ND grad filter, supported by a Manfrotto tripod with ball head & edited with Adobe Lightroom. Camera equipment was stored in the LowePro Whistler BP 450 AW


We are still in the process of finalising the itinerary for our Wyoming and Montana tour. We’ll be sure to include a visit to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Prismatic. But in the meantime, join our waiting list to be the first to know when this tour launches.


Grand Prismatic Spring

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