Just like all my previous days exploring Yellowstone National Park, the moment I was done shooting sunrise at Mammoth Hot Springs on my third morning, I immediately continued on my way counter-clockwise along the Grand Loop Road in order to get to Madison Campground and hopefully snag a walk-up campsite before it filled up. I really wanted to make sure I was as close as possible to Grand Prismatic Hot Spring because I really wanted to shoot sunset and then maybe even sunrise there.
After watching a young girl get rejected because she was camping in a van and there were no “RV sites” left, I was given the last tent site available because of my rooftop tent still counted as a tent. Suck on that one #VanLifers.
After cooking some breakfast, I headed back north to Norris Geyser Basin to explore around a bit, but I was only able to handle the tour buses and crowded tour buses for so long. I ended up back at camp, falling asleep as some pretty bad thunderstorms rolled in.
The storms were so nasty that I actually just debated about hanging out through sunset and getting to bed early, but I just really wanted a great shot of Grand Prismatic Hot Spring from the main overlook. Since it was my last night, I figured I had to try… It was one of just those nights that I knew I it was about to be a complete bust of a shoot. OR, maybe, just maybe the sky would go completely epic and surprise me.
Watching continuous lightening strikes less than a few miles away while standing on top of a hill manipulating two metal tripods was probably not the smartest move I’ve ever made, but the sunset that night was absolutely worth it.
The sky just went apocalyptic on me.
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