A steamy sunrise in one of Yellowstone's most alien landscapes.
This was a deeply memorable morning for me, October 1, 2013. I'd been shooting in the area (Yellowstone and Grand Tetons in general) for almost three weeks, and I'd originally planned to leave the park on the 2nd.
You may recall that October was the start of the Congressional shutdown of National Parks in 2013. Some sort of budgetary politics. I was staying in the park, but I didn't know whether I'd be expected to leave, or alternatively, not travel within the park, the next day. I was also somewhat concerned about some icy conditions that I expected to develop overnight. I woke around 4am, and decided that if I could get out and into the landscape sooner rather than later, it might be to my advantage, so off to the Norris Basin it was.
As I headed South from Mammoth Hot Springs, I did notice black ice, and persisted at a greatly lowered rate of speed. I'm not joking which I say that I was probably averaging 15-20 mph in most areas. I wasn't annoying anyone, I had time, and I kept traction pretty easily. About halfway to Norris, however, I came across a truck on its side in a ditch on the other side of the road. I slowed gently to a stop, listened carefully, and was about to leave, thinking that the emergency blinkers had been left from what was a much earlier accident, when I heard a voice....