After witnessing just an unreal and apocalyptic sunset over Grand Prismatic Spring the night before, I figured I’d just go back for more at sunrise – I wanted to try to essentially capture the same shot, but with some softer and warm morning light.
Driving towards Midway Geyser basin, I quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen as I was completely engulfed in fog. Since I was already up and moving, I figured might as well keep going.
I sat in the parking lot, sipping on some coffee and just watching the fog blow by the car, but as sunrise came-and-went, I knew I wasn’t getting the shot I wanted. I had the 10-hour drive home ahead of me so I just got moving.
Just as I was nearing Biscuit Basin, everything just started to glow all around me as the sun was trying to break through. Instead of being socked in by gloomy for, the park begin to have an ethereal and mystical feel to it.
I hopped out at Biscuit Basin as the fog and steam began to lift.
Now I watched Old Faithful like 10 years ago and it was literally one of the more over-hyped” things I’ve ever seen. You literally sit there with a couple hundred other people, some steam comes out of a vent, and it’s over. It’s incredibly unimpressive.
That being said, the Old Faithful area and boardwalks is super sweet, with various geysers all lining the Firehole River. I took advantage of the morning light and fog and wandered around for another few hours before making the long drive home.
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