By Steve Perry

Undine Falls In Winter

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This gorgeous falls is located just outside of Mammoth on the way to Cook City in Yellowstone NP. Funny thing is, first time I was visiting the area I drove by it no less than a dozen time before I finally bothered to pull into the parking lot. I had expected some long, strenuous hike, but discovered you can see the falls from the windshield of your parked car! The observation area was only a few steps away! And the falls is spectacular too! It’s hard to believe the little creek that feeds it can produce shot a dramatic scene, but here it is! This particular shot was not my first time at Undine Falls, so I pretty much knew all of the above the day I made this photo. That’s where having spent time at a place REALLY helps. We had the first snowfall of the season the night before, so I KNEW that this shot was just waiting for me. I also knew that the snow doesn’t stick around for long that time of year, so I had to get there and grab the shot before it melted away. The toughest part in capturing this image was getting the trees to hold still in the wind – it was a 20 degree morning gust after blustery gust trying to thwart my efforts. First the trees on the left would sway, then the trees on the right. The shutter speed I was using was simply too slow to freeze the motion, and since no one likes blurry trees, it took quite a few tries shots to finally get a photo where nothing but the water was moving. Oh yeah, we drove back past it a hour or two later – the snow was gone.

Date Added
March 11, 2012
Date Taken
November 3, 2012

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