Geothermal

Snow Birds Bring Good Luck - Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer

Out of all the possible dates/seasons, we headed into Yellowstone National Park when the biggest snow storm of decades descended in the area. For such reason, nothing ordinary remains that way anymore. To us, it means much more room on the canvas to flex our creative muscles.

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Dead-Tree-in-Snow-Canary-Springs-Yellowstone-National-Park-USA-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

While at Canary Spring, my favorite elements were there for me to play with - the snow, the geothermal features, and… And, it must be our lucky day. On the day when the temperatures plummeted deep down in the negative zone, complicated by heavy snow fall which allows close to zero visibility, we met a small bird. This encounter reminds me of a time almost one year ago in Japan, when birds and snow brought me such joy and, consequently, much luck in an international photography contest. I now understand why yuki* (Japanese for snow ) has a special place in Japanese people’s hearts.

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Small-Bird-in-Snow-Canary-Spring-Yellowstone-National-Park-USA-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

As to the bird’s name? My first impression when I heard was that it’s such a serious name. And for me, serious and creative do not co-exist very well. By the time I was done creating, I forgot the name. Now, I feel lucky, but guilty. :P

* Yuki (
) also has the meaning of happiness.

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Full Moon on Mars Land - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

Two lunar calendar years ago, I was photographing the Mars-like geothermal field of Hverir in Iceland. As always, the sun was setting fast. Before long, my Assistante’s “courtesy” reminders started making appearance, entangled in the howling sound of the stinky air pushing through the crust of the earth.

“Many cars are leaving…”

Never been a good crowd-follower, I ignored the warning.

……

“Only a few cars are left in the parking lot…”

Still ingrained in my creative photography, I decided to go against the grain.

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“Only one car is left”

His warnings were like those newsletters that I signed up a long time ago. They religiously show up in my inbox and most are not that interesting.

……

……

My strategy seemed to have worked. I started enjoying the peace until he let out a big exclamation.

Thinking “Now what?”, I raised my head. A moon, a full moon just rose above the layer of cloud.

Grinning in my belly, I said to myself “we couldn’t have asked for a better place to enjoy the Mid-Autumn Festival”. And, I think I may keep my newsletters a bit longer. ;-)  

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Hverir-Moonrise-Namaskard-Geothermal-Iceland-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival and enjoy the view of the full moon whichever surface of the planet you may be on, except for the moon itself. :P

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One Man's Hell, Another (Wo)man's Heaven - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

We human are complex.  Anything that involves judgment can be subjective.  At the small geothermal area of Seltun in Iceland, Genevieve, a lady I only got to know on this trip, said "you're going to love it".  Oh, how she knew me so well!  And did she know it was only the beginning of many exciting opportunities, only to more extent, one after another, waiting to be uncovered?

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Seltun-Geothermal-Area-Iceland-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

At the Gunnuhver (meaning "Gunner's Hot Spring") geothermal site where you could lose your shoes over the hot surface of the soil, earth is covered by colors that you don't normally associate with this planet, and menace-looking steam engulfs you with a howling sound, I was ecstatic.

Is Gunner having enough fun?

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Lighthouse-Engulfed-by-Fume-Gunnuhver-Geothermal-Area-Iceland-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

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