The Morning Steam Through the Forest in Yellowstone

I woke up just before 5 AM today so I could get out there and do some sunrise shooting. It was a great morning and I found all kinds of interesting spots. I drove by a bank of trees that had some steam from a nearby river flowing through them… and it looked so cool that I hiked around the forest to find a nice configuration of trees and steamy fog.

I was exhausted after shooting most of the day. I drove over the the Firehole River to have a swim. There was no one else around, and I didn’t have a swimsuit, so I just went in my undies. This seemed like a great idea until my underwear ripped on a rock. This, combined with very sensitive feet that make me look crazy when walking on a rocky shore, made for quite a scene.

The Morning Steam Through the Forest in Yellowstone (by Stuck in Customs)

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  • Dale Martin

    One word. Awesome!!

  • Robin

    Aboslutely stunning. Very nice colors. Is this a single raw hdr or shot with a tripod?

  • Mark Perry

    Nice image! I will be back in Yellowstone/ Grand Tetons in late September for the Fall colors. I love the place!

  • charles

    Looks like there was a forest fire just on the other side of those trees. good pic!

  • Jess

    Awesome shot, Trey! Love those rays of light! I hope you were still alone when you got out of the river… that must have been hilarious!

  • Deb

    Oh how beautiful! Nice story too! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Gail Moshier

    Totally awwwsome shot of the sunrise in the forest. Love the way the sun’s rays spread across the pic!!! Great job, Trey. Your story of your “swim” made me lol!!! I bet you were glad no one was there!!! I know about those sensitive feet, hate walking on rocks. I never go bearfoot outside here!!! Too bad about your “undies” ;-) !! Cute story.

  • Kim

    this is amazing, Yellowstone is just such a gorgeous place
    watch those bears when hiking around :)

  • olivia


  • Stuck In Customs

    Thank you very much!

    Robin – this was a 5-exposure shot… a lot of light levels in this one! hehe

  • Bob the builder

    Nice pine trees and beautiful “rays” of sunshine!

  • sathya sayee

    Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. This again gets into one of your *The Best Shot* category Trey

  • Brad Truxell

    Has to be one of your best shots! the light coming through portions of the trees make this photo terrific. Amazing shot. Hope you are having a nice time :-)

  • p.m.w

    i absolutely love it down there! thank you again for sharing, oh i would love to see the wildlife there, what a nice retreat to go to, so lucky! :)

  • bichro

    Clap clap, awesome

  • Zim

    Amazing shot; nice work!

  • Olaf

    I thought you don’t go swimming… ;)
    BTW great work.

  • casusan

    OMG – this is soooo beautiful Trey! Funny story too!

  • p.m.w

    oh wait ya you’re right he said he didn’t go swimming!? silly!

  • Matthew Gaston

    WOW! This just reminds me why I love you photography so much Trey:)

    Great Photo!! as always

  • David

    There’s nothing I can say that will be new here.

    Nice work Trey. Definitely one your best shots on this site (and that’s saying A LOT!)

  • Stuck In Customs

    Thanks very much. I love the shot too… I stayed up extra late last night to get it processed for yall! :)

  • Jacques Gudé

    Me likey!

  • JBoone

    Hey Trey,
    I check your site often and noticed that you shoot often if the Montana area. I own a photography biz in Cleveland, but am from Missoula and go there to shoot landscapes 3x a year or so. I would love to shoot along side you the next time you visit Yellowstone or Glacier.

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  • Tina

    Great photo! I hope you are having a great time!

  • jeremy wallace

    Yellowstone = coolest place on Earth.  (other than Rocky Mountain National Park…)

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