The trips started with just four of us and grew to probably twenty-five at their peak. It's an experience only a minority of the people in the world have the privilege to see and appreciate. It was also at a time before the government got involved, and snowmobiles were allowed in the park, pretty much without restrictions.
The two scenery shots were actually outside the park on our way up Two Top Mountain. At just over 8000 feet, the snow builds up around the trees and bushes and is then molded by the wind and cold. Mother Nature creates a surreal landscape of imaginary critters, including dragons. It's an endless display of creativity.
Yellowstone Park has changed a lot in the last twenty years. For example, last week I was talking with Daniel Cox, a Panasonic Luminary, amazing outdoor wildlife photographer and resident of Bozeman. At the time we were going into the park we always saw a lot of elk and some really big herds. Well, Yellowstone brought in wolves to "naturally" reduce the size of the herds. Today, it's hard to find the elk. The wolves have done more than what was needed and the elk stay more secluded.
Okay, there's my contribution to Throwback Thursday and my own trip down memory lane. Take the time, even if you're not sharing the images on Facebook or in a blog post, and have some fun looking through a box of old photographs or files you haven't seen in awhile.
We're all part of an amazing industry, but you can't appreciate the value and trust your clients have in you without appreciating your own priceless moments.