Today’s photographs are not about Yellowstone National Park, but, rather something that I found funny.
We stayed in West Yellowstone, which is just outside the park. Every morning, we would get a cup of tea (JD) and coffee (me) and head into the park. We would then sit at one of the parking areas, watch the animals and eat our peanut butter sandwiches and drink our tea and coffee. To us, this was much better than eating an over-priced, poorly prepared breakfast in a restaurant. The Woodside Bakery had good tea and coffee, so that was our spot to pick-up our drinks.
One of things that really surprised us about the park this year was the number of Asians visiting the park. I would estimate that Asians represented about 40-50% of the people that we saw within the park. As a result, the most popular restaurant in West Yellowstone for dinner was the Red Lotus, which served mainly Chinese food.
As proof that capitalism is alive in West Yellowstone, look at the signs of the gun shop two doors down. The signs advertise services for what people want to do—shoot a machine gun—and accommodate its customer base (note the Chinese characters on the small sign) which according to an employee says the same thing.
In talking to the owner of the gun shop, he said that his business had almost tripled after he hung the sign in Chinese—which, I guess proves that if you offer a product that people want, tell them that you offer it, they will come.
Camera settings: Nikon D4, 28-70mm f/2.8 at 50mm, ISO 110, f/6.7 at 1/30th of a second.
Lightroom 5—applied Nikon Standard preset, set white and black points, added clarity, sharpness and vibrance.