Madison to Mammoth Hot Springs

September 2007

During our 2007 Yellowstone visit, we made it to three thermal areas on mornings that were quite cool – Artists Point Pots, Norton Geyser Basin, and Mammoth Hot Springs.  Cool mornings make for interesting photographs in thermal areas.

At Norton Geyser Basin, I was quite pleased with all of the wonderful photo opportunities that I had had during our walk.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t until we had made it all the way back to the parking lot when I noticed the message on the LCD screen, “No card in the camera.”  This was worse than the old SLR cameras where you would discover after thinking you had shot a roll of film, only to discover that the film had not been engaged on the takeup spool properly and not a frame of film had been exposed.  In the case of film, the pictures that were “lost” would be limited by the number of photos expected for a roll – for, me generally 24 or 36.  Digital media, on the other hand, is limited by the capacity of the storage device, in this case an SD card.  I probably had “snapped” 100 to 200 images that never got saved, because I had left the card in the computer.

I haven’t made that mistake since then.  The other way that I have lost opportunities for pictures is when I forget to charge the camera’s battery.  Now, with my new camera, I have a spare battery that is always charged before we set out.  It certainly has been beneficial already, when, on at least two occasions, the battery in the camera ran out of juice when we were out doing, seeing, and picture taking.

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Yellowstone References and Resources:

Yellowstone is one of the most popular destinations in the U.S. and there are a lot of available resources, including books and DVDs as well as internet resources.  I’ve included links to a few reliable resources below and have more on my Yellowstone page at Haw Creek.

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