This morning, while quietly sipping morning coffee at my desk I was shocked to discover National Geographic used one of my photographs for a feature story on National Parks. As I scrolled down the website I know and love, I was shocked to recognize a small thumbnail image of my wife. Beneath the image it said “Picture Yourself in a National Park!” My jaw dropped, my hands started shaking, I was giddy as can be.
The photo was taken last summer while touring Yellowstone National Park in June with Gretchen and her sister, Beth Russell. As we walked around the Old Faithful Geyser scenic trail, this one particular hot spring had a variety of spectacular contrasting vibrant hues. I quickly admired the color comparisons with Gretchen’s jacket and bright red hair. I perched myself upon a bench overlooking her to snap this shot with my D80 at 18mm, f/3.5, 1/1250, ISO100.