I’m staying at Madison Campground, on the west side of the park for 5 nights. This gives me easy access to the geysers, hot springs, etc. During my drives around I’ve seen a bull Elk, Elk cows, Fox, Coyote(no photos since I was driving when I spotted them) and lots of Bison.
This is just one of many geysers but it is easy to photograph because it erupts about every 20 minutes (no long wait there) and there is no clutter around it.
Thursday night (first night here) was clear (but cold) so I decided to go out to take some night shots. I was warned not to go alone if I went any distance at all from my truck, there are just too many wild animals around. I sure don’t want a bison or elk tromping over me (no to mention bears) so even the distance from the parking lot to Old Faithful was too much. With that in mind I found a large pull out between Madison and Old Faithful area to park in. The tree line all around was very low giving me a good view of the stars. I got some great shots of the Milky Way and in the process noticed that low down in a couple of my photographs there was a pinkish glow… The little view screen on the camera doesn’t show a whole lot but I took another shot with that pink glow in mind then went home for the night. Next morning while viewing the photos on the laptop I realized there was only 1 explanation for that pinkish glow, the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights! Needless to say I was thrilled with that discovery and sure wished I had spent more time on that than the Milky Way. I’ll be going out every clear night while I’m in WY hoping for another chance to photograph this phenomena.