Morning Rainbow Over Lower Falls of the Yellowstone by Kenneth Keifer

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Photographed from the wall of the “Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone,” a mid-morning rainbow appears over the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. This rainbow appears each sunny summer morning for about twenty minutes or so. If you haven’t been to Yellowstone, be sure it occupies a high position on your “bucket list!” Love Waterfalls? Check out the Waterfall Photography Gallery at Kenneth Keifer Photography


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Kenneth Keifer is a photographer and media producer living in Mooresville, Indiana. He will photograph just about anything beautiful or interesting but dramatic landscapes, national parks, lighthouses, floral, and wildlife are some of his favorite subjects. You can learn more about Ken here or here

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  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenalmost 3 years ago

    Yellowstone is a my bucket list..beautiful work.

  • Thanks! The rainbow appears on sunny days in July around 10:00 or 10:30 each morning (if memory serves me correctly). Although it is vivid and clear to the naked eye, a circular polarizer helped me bring it out to the best effect in the photo above.

    – Kenneth Keifer

  • Dave Callaway
    Dave Callawayalmost 3 years ago

    WOW.. that is pumping..great capture Keifer.. that rainbow is stunning.. also added to bucket list.. :-))

  • Thank you, Dave! Definitely go see if you can. That view alone would make Yellowstone worthy of National Park status…and that’s just scratching the surface. I can’t wait to get back some day!

    – Kenneth Keifer

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethalmost 3 years ago

    awesome area! ken. great capture!!

  • Thanks, LisaBeth!

    – Kenneth Keifer

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52almost 3 years ago

    Stunning capture Kenneth.

    Cheers Jude

  • Thanks so much, Jude!

    – Kenneth Keifer

  • CanyonWind
  • Many thanks for the feature!!!

    – Kenneth Keifer

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 2 years ago

    Grand view, beautiful shot! Another congrats!

  • I really appreciate it, Glenn! Thank you!

    – Kenneth Keifer

  • jdenny6055
    jdenny6055about 2 years ago

    Love Yellowstone. Made a trip myself and want to make it back. Great shot. How many people did you need to avoid for such a great angle?

  • Thank you very much! Actually, I didn’t have any difficulty at all getting this shot. I can’t remember the name of the specific overlook, though I know it is not the closest one to the falls along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The rainbow appears every sunny morning at this spot around 10:00 or sometime thereafter. When I was there, Artist Point, on the other side, was closed for repairs. Though that overlook is much touted, I kind of like this angle a little better, at least from the images from Artist Point that I have seen before (though any of them are spectacular!). This shot was take directly from the overlook with my tripod up next to the railing. Hope you get there soon! (Me too, Lord willing). Again, thanks for the reply!

    – Kenneth Keifer

  • UPDATE on info below: I just checked a very good photography guide I consulted while traveling through Yellowstone. The rainbow is visible each morning at around 8:00 AM (not 10:00 like I said earlier). That may be a reason for the smaller crowds too. Also this author says June and July are the months for the rainbow (my shot taken in July) and that the sun’s angle changes by August so that the rainbow no longer occurs as the light doesn’t get to the bottom of the falls. The book I referenced is excellent and I would highly recommend…. Gustav W. Verderber’s “Photographing Yellowstone National Park.”

    – Kenneth Keifer

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