After the Yellowstone Fires

I’ve probably been to Yellowstone almost 10 times in the last 10 years. After the mega fires, some areas have been quick to rebound while others have not. This is one of the burned black trunks that remains, defiant.

One thing that was news to me, that I found out recently from a ranger, was that certain pinecones only spread their seeds once they burn and explode. This means, of course, that fires are necessary for the forest to grow; quite fascinating eh?

After the Yellowstone Fires

  • Fabulous capture!!! Wonderful perspective. Really impressed with the light textures.

  • I’m diggin’ the light texture for sure. Cool little nugget of info too 🙂

  • pretty.

  • Gail

    Great capture!! Spectacular color. Yellowstone is such an interesting place to visit. We don’t live that far from it now, but don’t get there often enough. We learned about the effects of fire on the forests and some of the good things that come from it. Having lived in the Bitterroot Valley in the fires of 2000, you quickly learn how fast everything can go up in “smoke”. But touring the mountains the following year showed us how much renewal there was in just one season. Just beautiful growth amidst the destruction!!

  • Marie

    What’s that red and green thing in the middle of an otherwise wonderful photo?

  • THanks! Marie – haha you know it’s a lens flare… I usually leave those things in because they are part of the lens process and I think they are kinda pretty and unexpected.

  • DEE

    I’ve heard of the renewal of growth. Some seeds of legumes are in the soil just waiting for a fire to bring them to life.

  • It’s like a sunrise or sunset when the sun is behind a small cloud and the rays are peeking out around it. I thought it was one of those things the naked eye could see, but was hard for a camera to capture. Nice!

  • Gabe

    What kind of filter are you using to get such nice colors?

  • Thanks — the colors come out as part of the HDR process – that process is described there on the right under HDR Tutorial 🙂

  • Deb

    Yellowstone is one of my favorite “never been” places. Thank you for sharing this with me as always!!

  • wow.. thats impressive.. i like the ray of light shining down.. good!

  • Laura

    The HDR makes the rays absolutely beautiful, I love being able to see the individual lines. Nicely done!

    Referring to the above comment on the lens flare, say you did want to eliminate that, how would you go about doing that? I was just thinking about this the other day after shooting into the sun, when the lens flare got in the way of a small detail I wanted in my photo…

  • Trey,

    Great image! Any tips for shooting into direct sun like this for the HDR process? I have tried myself but can’t get very good results during the tone mapping

  • truely love the sun rays.
    I adore them and love it when I catch them.

    totally inspiring
    love how vivid it all is and appriciate you leaving in the lens flare!!

  • I don’t know if I have any great tips Jason — just keep experimenting. My Sigma 10-20mm seems to do a really fun job with these kinda shots, making the pp easier!

  • KJ

    Great composition and the sun rays are fantastic. This is a good example of HDR done right in my opinion. The greens and blues are fantastic. It’s like there’s been some sort of burst of energy above the tree. The cloud formation is quite good too, it’s wrapping around the sun.

  • Beautiful

  • That is so ridiculously good it’s not even funny – just keep taking photos, if you do nothing else for the rest of your life your photos will be more than enough.

  • Wow thanks so much… what a nice comment Stephen!

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