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Emily’s Photography

Beautiful scene showing the beauty of Gardiner, Montana at sunset from a tourist view

This image shows how the wildlife of the area are getting too used to human encounters and this could have negative effects on the species.

A different view of a small pine tree can be very unique and artistic.

Shows contrast between nature and how man chooses to use and alter the landscape to fit his needs.

Its cool how a random object can make such a huge difference in a photo.

Humans leave their mark on nature.

A student taking a picture of the mountains, this shows how people appreciate the scenery in Yellowstone.

Another example of how animals are getting too used to people being present in their environment.

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This picture shows the beauty in simplicity. These small rocks appear to be emerging out of the frozen snow.

Taken right after sunrise, this picture shows the tiny droplets of dew on blades of green grass. The dew and the grass are the main focus of this picture with a blur of mountains  in the background, representing the idea of small things being just as important if not more important than big things. Yellowstone National Park is huge, but resolving issues one at a time (wolves, bison, bears) is best.

The sun coming up through the clouds is a wonderful orange-red color with a slight hint of pink. There is a contrast of dark green mountains and a hint of white snow. The road in the middle-ground is a reminder of human impact on Yellowstone National Park. People drive through the park everyday and stop to look around.

The sunrise in this picture is just looking over the rocky mountain, it shows the amazing landscape of Yellowstone early in the morning.

This picture portrays the fine line between nature and human impact. The elk are free to roam around wherever they please. However, there is a sign on a log stating that no person may go off the path. The fact that the sign is on the log shows how the sign is made to look more natural to blend in with the environment.

These two pictures are related because one of the main sources of income for people living here is tourism. The street sign has Yellowstone Street on it advertising the proximity of Gardiner, Montana to the Yellowstone National Park. The buildings in the second photo are yellow also advertising the Yellowstone National Park.

This photograph shows how the land is used locally. The houses are all close together, but there is a large amount of mountainous land around.

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This photo is of the Grand Teton Mountains through the view of a window in the Cunningham Cabin which looks out at the mountain range. I chose to post this photo because it frames the mountains like a picture and provides the viewer with a focused vision of the natural beauty.

This photo shows the Grand Tetons illuminated by sunlight just after sunrise. I chose to upload this photo because of the fact that it is a very beautiful scene. I truly enjoyed viewing the new sunlight reflecting off of the mountains. The way the mountains were illuminated was one of the most gorgeous things I have seen and it is truly a once in a lifetime view I wished to share.

This photo was uploaded because it shows another view of the mountains. Instead of looking solely at the mountains the foreground is of a camera lens which is also looking at the mountains, trying to capture the same thing I am. Instead of snapping picture after picture of the same thing in different lighting I tried to mix it up a bit and ended up really liking this picture.

Lastly to show that there were more than just mountains, I photographed the Grand Tetons with the Snake River in the foreground and the flat lands in the middle ground. While the view is still drawn to the mountains, this photo shows that there is more than just beautiful alpine mountains. There is an entirely different landscape beneath the mountains and to leave it out would not do the area justice.

This photo was taken outside of the Moose Junction Visitors Center in Grand Teton National Park. It shows a recycling bin with the mountains in the background. I chose to upload the photo because I thought it was an interesting commentary about how we choose to interact with our surroundings while attempting to minimize impact while driving around in gas-guzzling Suburbans.

I uploaded this photo because it shows a national landmark surrounded by people who traveled hundreds or thousands of miles to see hot water shoot out of the ground. I though this photo was interesting because of the throngs of people rushing to see this natural wonder go off all the while ignoring the surroundings around them. The people in this photo had their blinders on and were focused on one natural beauty, all the while they were surrounded by other natural beauties. I believe this to be symbolic of the way a majority of us live our lives, going full speed ahead, all the while missing the other beautiful, magnificent, and important things all around us.

This picture shows the Old Faithful visitors area from Observation Point high above the geyser. I believe this shows the juxtaposition of people who want to enjoy nature. The majority of people want the convenience of a visitor center, ample parking, and viewing area all the while ignoring that they are destroying or negatively affecting the landscape. This picture shows the sandwich of natural beauty, human structures, and natural beauty. While yes, this environmental destruction has adverse affects on the park it is necessary to make sure people are happy. I just though it was interesting that no one in the area seemed to give it a second thought that they were enjoying “nature” while being in a very commercial and touristy built area.

This photo was taken at one of the various hot springs were visited throughout the day. This photo shows the beauty of the area, however, I thought it was entertaining that while visiting something so harsh and extreme, humans have built a walkway for safety and convenience. This photo is a commentary on the fact that we as humans want everything, no matter how dangerous or extreme to be as safe and easy as possible. 

Looking at these photos and others by my pack, the common motif seems to that humans are impacting the environment. Every photo sort of references this and shows the sometimes not so symbiotic relationship between people and nature. Warning signs have to be put up, nature redone, and things like walkways built, all in the attempt to make natural parks safe and enjoyable the majority of visitors. This speaks to the dialogue of the course because the photos show that two great forces must co-exist in the park and the right balance must be struck to make sure this is successful, much like the wolves and ranchers.