I have couple more photos from this spring that I'd overlooked. I did a whole lot of hiking this year, but the most I hiked at a stretch was in Bar harbor. @itimehta and I hiked about 21 miles that weekend! This one is from the first hike we did in the area.
Though I've been to the top of Mt. Washington multiple times, I haven't gotten a chance to actually hike up there. I stopped my car near the 6 mile mark on the road, and walked a little bit on the trail when I came to this view. It really made me think I've been missing out majorly by not hiking the Tuckerman ravine trail, and taking the easier way up - driving up on the auto road.
I took this photo shortly after reaching Little haystack. Its where you get to see the Franconia ridge for the first time after hiking up for nearly 3 miles. This is where the best part of the hike begins! The ridge offers amazing views, and though there is still some elevation left to cover, but it's relaxed enough that the hike to Mt. Lafayette is quite enjoyable.
As a photographer, I hate clouds and overcast weather. But as a hiker (and in this case one who was carrying heavy camera gear on a particularly strenuous hike), I can't help feeling a little relieved at a moment like this one. They robbed me of golden hour photos at the peak, but at the same time, the hike would've felt a lot more harder had this been a hot sunny day. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Speaking of franconia, I hiked the Mt. Lafayette/Franconia ridge loop trail just a few weeks before fall. It is my favorite hiking trail in the New England region so far, though it is also the most strenuous hike I've done in this region. Pictured here is a fellow hiker on the ridge near Mt. Lincoln (the second peak on the ridge).
Since fall colors peak at different times in Wyoming and New Hampshire, I was able to catch them at both places 😁 . New Englanders would instantly recognize that this photo was taken from the top of Cannon mountain, which offers one of the best overlooks that can easily be accessed via a short tram ride (though I do recommend hiking up the mountain, as the trail is scenic, and you can chose to see Lonesome lake on the way up).
This was taken near the Mammoth hot springs and is the last photo I took in Yellowstone. We faced quite a bit of rain and snow this day, so unfortunately I missed out on quite a few shots during the drive to and from springs, but I'm glad it gave me a brief window to get this shot just as we were starting to head back.
The landscape within Yellowstone is extremely varied. While the south western side doesn't have a lot elevation changes, and has a lot of vibrant geysers, the south eastern side has the Grand Canyon of yellowstone (pictured here), and has mud volcanoes. This, plus the huge size of the park makes it so that its hard to cover in a single trip. Will definitely have to visit it a couple more times at least!
Here's Grand prismatic in all its glory. I'm a little conflicted about sharing photos from extremely well known locations that are easily accessible, since its hard to find unique compositions in such cases. But at the same time, a Yellowstone trip just isn't complete without it, so I had to share this shot. 😬
Next up is Yellowstone! Our visit here was much shorter, so we chose the touristy way to see the park (which is to drive around the grand loop road, and stop at key locations 😅). Fountain paint pots was the first location we stopped at, and it gave us a gist of things we could see in the south western part of the park - vibrant pools boiling water, explosive powerful geysers, and mud bubbling and gurgling away.
This was taken on my last evening at the park. I'd scouted this location early on during my trip, but the clouds refused to cooperate 😅 About 45 mins before sunset, they suddenly decided to give way, so I rushed to the spot just in time to take this photo.
Towards the end of our trip, we had a bit of snowfall and it was also completely overcast and foggy. That left little room for landscape photo opportunities. However, there is never a dull moment in Grand Teton national park. While driving back from Signal mountain (which was closed due to snow accumulation on the roads), we encountered this young fox happily prancing around on the bicycle path which ran parallel to the road! We observed it for quite a while, but sadly one the greatest mysteries of our time still remains unsolved. We still do not know what the fox says 😝