I’ve been obsessed with Yellowstone National Park long before Simon introduced me to his ‘second home’.
One inspirational photo that I’ve cherished – and one of my favourite National Geographic covers – is of Yellowstone’s iconic Grand Prismatic.
I kept the image with me wherever I went – and any opportunity I had to bring up the ‘supervolcano’, I would. In my class, the article on Grand Prismatic became so beloved that, after being passed around day after day, year after year, it was returned to me with a big tear on the cover.
So a few years later, I forced Simon to travel to the busiest part of the park with me to get the shot myself.
Yes, I had to drag him there.
Grand Prismatic is located on the side of the park that we try to avoid after June 30th due to the sheer number of people heading to the west side of Yellowstone for their summer vacation.
So here we go, on July 4th – the big day that brings a billion Americans to one of their cherished national icons (Old Faithful-ish area) – to get a photo to replace my ripped cover, to fill the hole it created in my heart.
On what had to be the hottest day of the year, we hiked up the dusty hillside and I set up my camera, gave evil eyes to the throngs of people kicking my tripod, and snapped away. I think I took about 200 photos of this iconic hot spring and here was one of my replacement shots:
So…who’s is better?
That National Geographic cover will always be #1 in my heart, but at least I was able to capture my own version of: “Yellowstone – Supervolcano. What Lies Beneath”.
Simon will be so excited to hear that I get to try out ‘the shot’ again next summer. But maybe on July 5th this time. (Simon’s Edit: Jill, I just heard about a bear sighting on that day. Sorry!)