On Being Crepuscular in Yellowstone

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Yellowstone is certainly crowded during the summer months. There are ways to beat the crowds, and one of the best is to become crepuscular. The term usually refers to animals that are active at dawn or dusk, or both. As a photographer, it’s good to be crepuscular, it’s simply more challenging during the summer months when the edges of the day meet so close together.

On this given morning, I was on the road while it was still dark, hoping to make it to West Thumb Basin in Yellowstone by first light. I’ve learned over the years that it’s better to be early and watch the morning come then it is to be driving while watching the pre-dawn sky light up before you’re ready to photograph.

As I walked the boardwalks into the basin I was surprised to find elk wandering among the features, attempting to get a drink from…

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