Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Storm

Norris Geyser Basin provided some absolutely fantastic foreground objects - and the sky went nuts for us. We headed for Steamboat Geyser - the worlds largest - which rarely produces a large eruption. However, it's small eruptions are pretty impressive in themselves. The kids hoped to see a major eruption, and while we waited and watched, we heard rumblings in the distance. At first, we thought the rumbling came from a geyser or hot spring nearby, but it soon became apparent that a major storm was approaching. We believed that the fastest way back to the parking lot was to continue on our trail... but we were wrong. The storm was moving fast, and the kids started to get scared. Jay and I took turns running with the kids and getting a few shots in before the storm hit - this shot of Pearl Spring took just a few seconds. I put down my camera, removed the lens cap, hastily adjusted my settings, and hit the shutter release. Two seconds later, I was running to catch up with the kids - folding up the tripod as I ran.

We reached shelter moments before the storm hit, and we watched from the safety of a stone shelter at the museum. Lightening, thunder, high winds, rain, and hail... it was one heck of a storm. Luckily, it was moving so fast that the worst of it lasted just a few minutes. The little kids were scared, and the big kids helped calm them down until we could return to our car. In the end, everyone decided it was a great adventure. I love this photo - in part because of the memories it holds for me.

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Anonymous Will said...

Fantastic Capture!!! Yellowstone is one of my favorite places to travel to. Back to work tomorrow to slog it out at the desk. My Alaska trip can't come soon enough!

July 2, 2008 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Thanks Will! I can't wait to return to Yellowstone without kids in tow. They're great to have along, but I'd like to shoot more and worry about bathroom breaks less. :) Have a great time in Alaska! How exciting! When do you leave?

July 2, 2008 at 11:07 PM  

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