2019—Tree at Artist Point
The United States Congress was inspired to establish Yellowstone as the first National Park because of a painting of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with Lower Yellowstone Falls painted in 1872 by Thomas Moran. It is a spectacular view, although I have seen it only in winter when the yellow stone is covered in white snow. This is a black and white photograph of a tree near the overlook called Artist Point, which refers to Thomas Moran. The tree was not there in 1872 when Moran painted his work of art. But its snow covered branches create a lovely focal point with the Yellowstone River beneath it, obscured by mist.