A closer look at Yellowstone National Park

An earlier post I wrote about the road to Yellowstone, I shared the stop at the Crazy Horse Memorial.  Here I have selected a portion of the hot springs, geysers and a waterfall that captured my photographic eyes at Yellowstone. 

The colors are amazing.  I did enhance the waterfall to bring out the colors.  The other images were so vibrant and colorful, I could hardly believe my eyes. 

With tons of people in these parks, it’s also a wonder, I can capture these images without many of them near me. 

When I did stop to carefully compose a photograph with my tripod, I attracted other photographers and people with their phone cameras who positioned their cameras above me, next to me and around me. Ha.

One photographer and I laughed, yet we didn’t share a common language. He followed me around and he stopped whenever I stopped to set up my tripod as he captured his photo alongside me.

“With photography, there doesn’t have to be a similar language to enjoy the beauty of what comes out of the camera and the craft of the creations.” ML

“Geysers are hot springs that intermittently spout a column of hot water and steam into the air. This action is caused by the water in deep conduits beneath a geyserapproaching or reaching the boiling point. At 300 metres (about 1,000 feet) below the surface, the boiling point of water increases to approximately 230 °C (450 °F) because of the increased pressure of the overlying water. As bubbles of steam or dissolved gas begin to form, rise, and expand, hot water spills from the geyser’s vent, lowering the pressure on the water column below. ” Quoted from:


Yellowstone is amazing place to visit, even with barren forests from past fires.

Waiting for Old Faithful to erupt or waiting for Bison to cross your path, it is all worth seeing. It’s a park my mom visited before my time and the visit I longed for remains a special memory in my heart.



Waterfall on hike


Colorful hot spring


Hot spring along a lake

Earth tones of Yellowstone


Skeleton remains from fires past


A look into the hot spring

Natures's majesty

Reflections into crystal clear hot spring

Hot Springs at Yellowstone

Waiting to be photographed


Bison at Old Faithful


The most iconic site of all the Geyers


Excelsior Geyser


Excelsior Geyser Crater


Closer look at the scenic Geyser


Fascinating wonders


Hot Springs of steam


Nature’s scenic wonders 

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Autumnal Equinox 2020

Such lovely temperatures, in the low 80s, to take a walk at the Morton Arboretum here in Lisle, IL

There are plenty of reasons to visit the Arboretum. The founder is Joy Morton who also owned the Morton Salt company. He used to head out to this suburb after working in Chicago to plant his trees.

This huge outdoor garden is a living tree museum founded in 1922 with 16 miles of hiking trails and over 200,000 plants. There is a library, a herbarium and a program in tree research along with the center for tree science.

The arboretum encourages the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener and more beautiful world. The trees living at the Arboretum represent diversity from different parts of the world thus from different scientific plant groups.

Today marks the first day of the Autumn Equinox, so I headed to the arboretum to get a last look at the gorgeous flowers that are planted there. Those flowers were being uprooted as the staff began replacing them with fall flowers and foliage. They are right on time with the autumn equinox falling today.

Here is what I saw in front of the garden entrance:

Workers swapping out the garden of flowers
Truckloads of new plants for fall

Here is what used to be planted in the garden:

An oasis of plants attracting the bees in the summer garden.

Below are the images from todays walk along the trails:

Black Walnut
Starlight through the leaves
Rocky Bardur by Thomas Dambo
Rocky Bardur
Sneaky Socks Alexa

These troll sculptures were built by an artist named Thomas Dambo who constructed the head, the hands and the feet in his Copenhagen workshop before building the final stages on location.

Golden Spiderwort
Autumn Crocus
Roxanne Geranium

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Lost in Helsinki

Meet me here!

Here is where “you are here”

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He walked into my scene: Abu Dhabi Mosque

“Perfectly Timed”
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
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Perspectives: Downtown Chicago

Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL
Got employees? Chicago’s River North
Stop & stay at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago Of course!
Reflections of Marina Towers
Chicago, Illinois

Photos taken from a city remembered in my travels on a day in December 2019.

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Photos with the nifty fifty

Venturing outside on this muggy humid weather in the upper 80’s and even 90’s, I took a quick walk with my Nikon DSLR and 50mm lens F/1.4. The heat brought me back inside faster than I wanted. You can never take enough photos unless you are being paid by a project.

Sharing the favorite images of that walk using a popular “portrait lens” at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center in Naperville, Illinois.

Have a look. I prefer a wider lens, yet it’s a good practice to experiment with focal lengths in environments where you have to find a “frame in camera” opposed to cropping it later. It’s exercise for a photographer’s eyes, mind & legs.

My favorite cone flowers with spider webs. This one looks like it has seen better days.
The bridge to your imagination & outdoor play ground.
My lawn is looking more like this one, I need the “no mow” sign!

“Echinacea paradoxa, the yellow coneflower or Bush’s purple coneflower, is a North American species of flowering plant in the sunflower family.” Source: Wiki
“Quit bugging me“

“Echinacea is a genus, or group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. The genus Echinacea has ten species, which are commonly called coneflowers. They are found only in eastern and central North America, where they grow in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas.Wikipedia
The Knoch Knolls nature center & solar panels.
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Views from the car seat: buckle up!

Just wait, the buffalo will appear soon
The scenery on a 400 mile journey doesn’t change much outside, hence you have to get creative
(Note: this phone has been found, July 9, 2020 in Isle Royale, MI after being lost for a year on the island, can’t wait to get it to see if it still works after surviving a winter with the wolves)

Just hang on

Well this view is at Old Faithful, not from the road where they stopped traffic on us!
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Take me to The Boat: On Swedish waters

Wait for me, I’ve got to catch the boat
Bon voyage boat to the Drottningholm Palace
showcasing the Stockholm City
We are docked…let’s go see inside
Boats for all the Tourists – Blue skies ahead!

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What can a photograph cause you to do?

Surfacing Emotions,

Tears of joy, pain and sorry,

Smiles of laughter, hope, and excitement,

Reflections of long ago,

Memories about to fade,

Awakening the senses,

Seeing what your eyes see,

Questioning the effects of one single image,

Lasting a moment, a day, week, months,

Forgotten occasions, photographs are the light of emotions waking up the insides.

A candid capture – Mother & Child
(photo: R. E. Landolt)

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Me and my shadow: Where is Isle Royale?

Isle Royale National Park, Michigan UP

What a beautiful place to vacation, I never heard of this USA 🇺🇸 National Park until I went there! Look for Moose, Wolves and Eagles along with sunken ships around the Harbour. We had a lady diver give a presentation about all the ships that sunk around the Island shores.

Come stay and kayak or camp out on Lake Superior’s beautiful ecosystem! The Boy Scouts hike 10 miles off the Ferry to their camp destinations!

The 3 hour Ferry at Lake Superior to Isle Royale, NP in Houghton, Michigan


Photography by (c) Martina Landolt

Map of Michigan, both lower and upper regions, the purple arrows is pointing to Isle Royale off the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan.
Roughly 7 hour drive to catch the 3 hour Ferry in Houghton, MI from Chicago.
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Something to celebrate: Fireworks

“Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.” Sounds of my childhood. It’s true, I wanted to get out of the house and shoot some more interesting subjects. I hoped to see the Fireworks and capture them on film.

The location I stopped to photo seemed empty, people were social distancing themselves properly and I was standing front and center to the show. The parking lots were filed, but it didn’t feel like it. Years past, it was a struggle to find a decent spot to set up my tripod where I could get a decent view.

I am happy to report that everything went well here in Naperville, IL USA and everyone was complying with the city Covid-19 guidelines. While I didn’t see any masks, some were carrying them. We were spread out enough.

Enjoy the show, let me know which photo you liked the best and why?

As always, Thanks for viewing! I post for all of you!

Photo Gear: Nikon D850, 24-70mm 2.8mm

Happy 4th of July wherever you may be.

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