Location & Date: Mary Bay, Yellowstone National Park | June, 2014
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ 16-35 f4 at 16mm + circular polarizer & ND filter
Shutter Speed: .4 seconds
Mary Bay is directly to the west of Sedge Bay in Yellowstone National Park and, though it isn’t the animal mecca that Sedge can be, it is still a beautiful and productive area. But what makes this spot incredibly unique, as Jill never fails to tell me (and I say that as a positive), is that it is the edge of massive caldera, or, in other words, ground zero for the super volcano that is Yellowstone, believed to be one of the biggest on the planet. The bay was formed by a hydrothermal explosion and created a now dormant geyser that was the hottest spot in the park. Thermal activity on the lakeshore remains, however, as you can see the steam rising from the rocks and blowing north with the setting sun as the backdrop.