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National park photo ops: For best color from this Yellowstone marvel, shoot from up high

National park photo ops: For best color from this Yellowstone marvel, shoot from up high
Crowds of visitors on the wooden walkways at the Midway Geyser Basin walk through the steam clouds around the colorful Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

As crowds of visitors stroll along wooden walkways in Yellowstone National Park's Midway Geyser Basin, steam clouds billow from the colorful Grand Prismatic Spring. The best vantage point I found was a nearby hilltop after a short hike down a 1-mile dirt trail and a scramble up and over fallen trees and rocks. It gave a better look at the shades of blue in the spring and surrounding mineral deposits. I used a 400mm lens to reach across the pool and compress the image.

This video shows the otherworldly scenery of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.

In honor of this year's National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We'll post one per day through Dec. 31.

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