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Taken 16-Apr-21
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Category:Scenic
Subcategory:Night Sky
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Keywords:Milky, National, Park, Stars, Way, Yellowstone, bobby, night, sky, socks, trees
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Dimensions5371 x 8056
Original file size44.2 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken17-Apr-21 03:07
Date modified18-Apr-21 13:51
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D850
Focal length20 mm
Focal length (35mm)20 mm
Max lens aperturef/1.4
Exposure10s at f/2.8
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 6400
Metering modeSpot
Standing Dead

Standing Dead

I’ve always admired this ghostly forest of standing dead Lodgepole Pine trees in Yellowstone National Park. The meandering stream that cuts between them is the source of the silent killer that slowly ended their lives. At some point, a new hot spring popped up in this forest. The warm water is saturated with minerals. The trees thirstily drink up the water, but the minerals calcified in the fibers and stopped the flow of nutrients. The white stained trunks are evidence of these minerals. Even in death, there is an ethereal beauty to this forest.

3 a.m. is a great time to be in Yellowstone. I saw no one for the entire 4 hours I was there. If you’ve not been in the Park after dark, you really need to do it! The skies are so dark you can easily compose your shots by using your eyes. After a bit the starlight itself gives enough light to see the ground. I keep a headlamp on my head though, a flashlight in one pocket and bear spray in the other. This is wild, raw country, but it is profoundly beautiful too.