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  • D.J. Richardson

Snow and Sunlight at Artist Point

The view of Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point is perhaps the most iconic image associated with Yellowstone National Park. But getting a sunrise that combines the uniqueness of snow and a balance of sunlight on both sides of the canyon takes some planning and a lot of luck. Snow doesn't typically fall in summer, yet early summer is when the sun rises straight up the canyon. I was lucky on this first trip to Yellowstone to arrive in early June as an unseasonal snow fell. The snow kept the park fairly empty, and I was by myself as the sun came up and, for just a few seconds, peaked through the clouds and lit up the canyon from one side to the other. An attempt to get a similar photo in September was a disappointment, as the sunrise left one side of the canyon in darkness.

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