Happy birthday, Yellowstone National Park! One of my favorite places in the world.
Rainbow, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. At the end of a long day hiking and sightseeing, we headed back to our hotel in Cooke City, MT. As we entered Lamar Valley, a late-afternoon thunderstorm descended. I was happy as a lark. Sure enough, at the far eastern end of the valley, only a few miles from the northeast entrance of the park, the storm clouds parted just enough for a shaft of sunlight to peek through. So naturally I screeched to a halt and grabbed my camera.
Very unusual rainbow behavior (at least for this flatlander) to have it suspended in the air that way, and lighting up the hillside. Tough exposure; had to balance the bright hillside with the overwhelming gloom of the sky and mountains. Plus it was raining. Had to crank up the ISO to 800, which made the noise ridiculous. Balancing the color was tricky, too. But I’m still happy with the frame. It’s comforting to know there are still wild places like this left in the world.