Monday, June 14, 2010
Although photographing the wildlife in Yellowstone National Park was exhilarating, the landscape opportunities may have excited me even more. There is so much vast, natural space spread across the landscape that it doesn't take much work to find interesting compositions. I could spend a lifetime capturing scenes like this one. The sage prominently featured here is Atemisia tridentata, big sagebrush. Each leaf ends in three round bumps or teeth- making the specific epithet tridentata quite a fitting name. Big sagebrush was the dominant shrub species of the lower hills and valleys. Viewed at close range, it gives a wonderful texture to the landscape, and from afar, it bathes the rolling hills in solid sage green.