Nightscapes, astrophotography, dark sky images, to me they all mean a very interesting time out in the dark, standing in awe of the night sky. Finding places that are dark enough and yet have an interesting foreground can be challenging sometimes, at other times nature provides wonderful features. Here at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone NP the terraces of the hot springs make an interesting foreground and the nearby commercial area provides just the right ambient lighting so there is no need for light painting (which would be frowned upon because it might disturb animals). This time of year the Milky Way is in just the right place to make an interesting image even better.
I’ve made several trips to Lamar Valley from this base, spending lots of time watching a bison carcass in hopes of seeing a bear or wolves. The best time is at sunrise but the thing is too far away (close to a mile it has been estimated) for me to get any decent images so I opt for a bit later time and still enjoy watching whatever critters can be seen. Yesterday there was a pack of 10 coyotes running and playing below the carcass but still on the far side of the river. A herd of Bison moved by us and I enjoyed watching them graze and interact. A couple of bulls were sparring, maybe practicing for the future? The mature bulls can get up to 6′ high and are quite impressive as they move slowly along.