Photographer's Note

Location: This photo was taken 1 mile inside the Northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park with the Soda Butte Creek in the foreground and mountains of the Absaroka Range in the background. This part of the park is located just over the border of Montana and Wyoming on the Montana side.

About the Photo: There was a forest fire somewhere on the horizon and the sun shining through the smoke was making everything look warmer than usual. It was like a natural warming filter and color intensifier. I have driven past this same location as the sun was setting dozens of times, but I've never seen it look quite so colorful, so I quickly stopped the car, jumped out, and hurried and took a few pictures before the sun disappeared behind the mountains.

P.S. This is my favorite place in the entire world.

P.S.S. The very next morning we watched a grizzly bear hunt ground squirrels in this meadow and cross the creek right next to the trees on the right. I will post a photo of it crossing the creek here as workshop.

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