Photo Essay: Yellowstone National Park

by Irvin on October 10, 2013 · 8 comments

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Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone National Park by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

“The only think I really remember from my last visit years ago to Yellowstone National Park was that it smelled…” said AJ as we drove into the park. I could understand, as the lingering scent of rotten eggs from the sulfur springs did seem to waft over the more popular parts of the park. Yet, once you start wandering around, looking at the strange abstract mineral deposits on the ground and waiting expectantly for Old Faithful Geyser to erupt, you realize that there’s more to Yellowstone than the smell. Hiking down to waterfalls, visiting the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone (not to be confused with the actual Grand Canyon) and the crazy wildlife of coyotes, elks and bison wandering about, there’s more to the park than just hot spewing water. Of course, with over 3 million visitors a year, this probably comes as no surprise to anyone. I know I’ll remember a lot more than the smell from my trip there.

Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone National Park by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Caldera at Yellowstone National Park by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Mineral deposits at Yellowstone National Park by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Sulfur springs at Yellowstone National Park by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Mineral deposits at Yellowstone National Park by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Yellowstone National Park by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Mineral deposits at Yellowstone National Park by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Yellowstone National Park by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

A Geyser at Yellowstone National Park by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Elk at Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Coyote at Yellowstone National Park by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

American Bison at Yellowstone National Park by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Gibbons Falls at Yellowstone National Park by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Lower Yellowstone Fall at Yellowstone National Park by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Grand Canyon at Yellowstone National Park by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

All photos were taken by AJ Bates and Irvin Lin on the Canon 5DMkII and the iPhone 5.

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The Suzzzz October 10, 2013 at 7:06 am

I went to Yellowstone and Teton National parks on my honeymoon. I haven’t been back since my divorce a year and a half ago, which is crazy because I only live about 4 hours away. I was thinking about packing up Molly the wonder dog and my tent and going up last weekend, then the transmission on my brand new car needed to be replaced AND the government decided it sort of hates us all, so that got quashed. Thanks for reminding how magnificent it is and how lucky I am to be so close, I’m going to be there next May as soon as it opens again for the season.

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Belinda @zomppa October 10, 2013 at 6:07 pm

These are stunning, the geysers and especially the animals!

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claudia October 10, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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Holly October 11, 2013 at 2:12 am

Great photos! It is one of the places on my bucket list. Hope this park and the others open again soon.

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Lisa Huff October 11, 2013 at 6:25 am

Gorgeous pics!! Yellowstone has been on my bucket list for years. Hopefully I’ll get there someday! :)

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Laura October 13, 2013 at 7:55 am

I was there too this summer, what an amazing spot. I didn’t expect the size and the incredible beauty of the place.

Great photos!

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Samantha October 15, 2013 at 10:49 am

These photos are beautiful. I’ve seen so many photos and would love to go. How close were you able to get to those animals to photograph them?
Simply stunning.

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Irvin October 15, 2013 at 11:41 am

We stayed pretty far away and used a telephoto lens on most of them. But I’ll admit that I got pretty close to the bison. Close enough that I could take this instagram of it!

Granted, there was a wooden fence between the animal and me so it wasn’t too dicey, but AJ was pretty uncomfortable with how I kept on poking the camera lens between the wood to get closer. Thankfully the bison was pretty mellow and ignored us!

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