"Looking at old photographs brings back memories and makes us feel nostalgic: it is like a time machine bringing us to the time and place where we can see and feel everything in details."
For ten years, starting around '92, there was a group of us from the photographic industry who went into Yellowstone every winter. While I've written about the trips in earlier Throwback posts, I recently found a few images looking through some older albums. (Apologies for the quality of the scans, but the images weren't stored very well, and I have yet to find the negatives.)
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.
However, as beautiful as it was, I've never experienced cold like that. These images are all back in the film days and shot with a Hasselblad 503CX, my favorite camera back then. Often the biggest challenge of any trip was keeping the camera warm and in good shape. Most of us used to zip it up inside our jump suits.
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.
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