An Apocalyptic Sunset at Grand Prismatic Spring
March 24, 2020

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.

Midway Geyser Basin Yellowstone National Park Wyoming
Midway Geyser Basin Yellowstone National Park Wyoming
Grand Prismatic Spring Yellowstone National Park Wyoming
Midway Geyser Basin Yellowstone National Park Wyoming
Grand Prismatic Spring Yellowstone National Park Wyoming
Grand Prismatic Spring Yellowstone National Park Wyoming

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.

Grand Prismatic Spring Yellowstone National Park Wyoming

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