Winter Zen

by Jay Hood on January 18, 2013


Jay Hood, our Contributing Editor in Baltimore, is well traveled and a dynamite photographer. Here, he takes us along with him to Yellowstone National Park The piece features numerous links for those of you interested in learning more about the park. That said, please enjoy the photo essay of this pristine area of natural beauty – Winter Zen, accompanied by John Williams as he plays J.S. Bach. TS


frozen trees

Trees in the back basin portion of Norris Geyser Basin


yellowstone bison

Bison shrouded in steam along the banks of the Firehole River


castle geyser rainbow

Eruption of Castle Geyser in the Upper Geyser Basin


Winter in Yellowstone

Lower Terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs


thermal features

Mid-afternoon in the Upper Geyser Basin


frozen road

Snow covered road through Hayden Valley



Barren trees in Midway Geyser Basin


yellowstone outhouse

Maintenance shed near Norris Geyser Basin


frozen falls

Lower Falls in Grand Canyon of Yellowstone



A frigid early morning along the shores of a frozen Yellowstone Lake


steamy river

Early morning mist along Firehole River just above the Kepler Cascades


bison in snow

Bison along Firehole River in Upper Geyser Basin


yellowstone in winter

Dawn along a frozen boardwalk in the West Thumb Geyser Basin


frozen geyser

Geyser Hill portion of the Upper Geyser Basin as sunset approaches


into the mist

Disappearing into the steam generated by the thermal features in Biscuit Basin


lone star geyser

Awaiting the eruption of Lone Star Geyser on a subzero morning


Elk in Yellowstone

Elk overlooking the surroundings from high above a ridge near Mammoth Hot Springs


mammoth hot springs

Upper Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs



Eruption of Grand Geyser while the temperature hovers around zero.

protecting the kill

Coyote protects a meal in Lamar Valley


*music from Rob Perry

Jay Hood (Section Chief Shea Garage/Contributing Editor)

Jay Hood has lived in Baltimore, Maryland for the past 25 years.  He likes to travel and is an avid photographer.  His photography has been featured in several obscure and unassuming locations, such as John Ball Zoological Gardens.  He does not eat vegetables and is learning to enjoy seafood.  He strives to keep his DVR no more than 40% full.  Comfort is paramount and he is not above a little slacking.

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