But sometimes when I’m leafing through my digital files I’ll find a shot and won’t be able to recall why I took it.
I took this photo in the Tower Canyon area of Yellowstone National Park. I couldn’t figure out why I framed it the way I did. I’d taken several from that vantage point that made a lot more sense.
Here’s one that’s traditional and dramatic:
So why had I shot that other photo that focused on that bend in the river? It didn’t make a lot of sense outside the fact that with a digital camera you can take thousands of photos and never worry about wasting film (or even your time).
I decided to enlarge the photo to see if there had been some critter down near the edge of the river that had engaged my attention. But there wasn’t. And then I saw what I’d obviously spotted from high up on the lip of the canyon:
It was a thermal feature! Down at the edge of the river I had spotted steam rising up. So there, just at the river bend, was a boiling-hot steam vent.
I’ll be damned.
I still get a kick out of looking at photos from old trips. And I still find surprises!