Going to Yellowstone National Park during the winter is one of those “bucket list” items everyone should experience. I had my opportunity earlier this month when Dr. Charles “Chuck” Peterson, a biologist at Idaho State University, coordinated a private snow coach trip. We had a 1950s era Bombardier tracked machine that looked like it should be on the battlefield! Fun! In total, there were eight of us, plus the guide; four biologists and four photography professors. Days were cold, near 0oF (-18oC) and nights were even colder!
Three life-long friends from the Kansas City area and former faculty colleagues at the University of Central Missouri, flew up for the adventure. Unknown to Wilson Hurst that Tom Mitchell and Robert Breshears were going to be there, it came as quite the surprise when he finally met them during our rendezvous!
Here’s a number of my favorite shots from the trip. I used a variety of gear, including Nikon D800, Fujifilm X20, and my iPhone 7 through a spotting scope. Enjoy!
Photography trip to YNP with fellow photographers and biologists.
Shot on iPhone 7 through a spotting scope, which causes the purple/green outlines due to chromatic aberrations.
So I’m currently attending the Yellowstone Studies Center Consortium annual conference in West Yellowstone, Montana. Perfect time of year with fall colors, snow, and mild temps! Here’s a few shots from the trip.
Not bad considering I was driving (slowing) and shot through the driver’s window of my vehicle with my little tourist camera (Fujifilm x20).
Last week I had the privilege of speaking at the LCSC Center for Arts & History in Lewiston, Idaho. I was an invited lecturer to kick off their three-month exhibition on photographic history of their region. The exhibition is titled: Stories We See—Early Photography of the Valley. My research has examined Idaho’s first lady photographer, Mrs. Amelia Strang, who had her commercial studio in Lewiston during the mid-1860s. She is a centerpiece in my upcoming book on women photographers of the Pacific Northwest during the 19th century.
The trip took me through the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, along the Lochsa River, which I did fish on the morning of my return. Next, I ventured down the Bitterroot Valley into Idaho and followed the Salmon River and spent the night at the Syringa Lodge in Salmon. To finish out the trip, I continued south to Challis and then through the Big Lost River Valley to MacKay and then home. Lots of great autumn colors, dramatic clouds, and snow along the mountain peaks.
View from the Syringa Lodge overlooking Salmon, Idaho
Last week I had the opportunity to take some ISU (Idaho State University) photo and video students to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks for a photography roadtrip. And, by design, two of my close friends (Robert Breshears and Tom Mitchell) from the photography department at the University of Central Missouri, were there at the same time with several of their students. It was a great rendezvous of kindred photographic spirits! Our combined students had an opportunity to exchange ideas, photograph together, and for some, enjoy bison and elk burgers in Gardiner, Montana at “The Corral“. For our group, we stayed at the Yellowstone Studies Center, which is part of the West Yellowstone Economic Council and is located in West Yellowstone, Montana. This is a great resource for universities when they bring students to Yellowstone National Park for their research and creative activities. Here’s some shots from our week at YNP and GTP!
Back Row (L to R): Terry, Ed, John, Jason, Judy. Front Row (L to R): Rebekah, Fallon, Missy, Kyler, Natalie.
Judy Morris (r) ISU video faculty, reviews images with Robert Breshears (c) from UCM photo faculty. ISU students Fallon, Rebekah, and John take a break from hiking.
L to R: Judy, Natalie, Missy, Rebekah, Fallon.
Judy videotaping ISU photo students shooting at location Ansel Adams made famous in 1942.
Left to Right: Terry Ownby, Tom Mitchell, Robert Breshears in Gardiner, Montana.
Left to right: Missy, Kyler, Judy, Rebekah, Fallon, John.
John (L) from ISU, talks with photography instructor, Robert, from University of Central Missouri, at the Old Faithful geyser complex.
Ed Ritterbush photographing bison at Yellowstone National Park.
Cory Marr (r) from the University of Central Missouri, discusses using film in the digital age with ISU and other UCM students. Left to right: Nathan, Kyler, Natalie, Rebekah, and Cory.
Jason Churba photographing Sheepeaters Cliff in Yellowstone National Park.
Lower Schawbacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park
Robert Breshears, photo faculty at University of Central Missouri, photographing the Morning Glory Pool, located at the Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park.