Book: Wild Yellowstone

A big part of nature photography is being in the right place at the right time. Which is exactly where Dave Peterson seems to be, over and over, given the impressive imagery inside his latest book, Wild Yellowstone: Land of Geysers & Grizzlies (Farcountry, $25). Peterson has spent years soaking up the splendor of Yellowstone Park, and he captures its inimitable essence—stunning landscapes, dramatic thermal features, abundant wildlife—in this hefty coffee-table volume. It’s all in there, page after jaw-dropping page: the drama, the grandeur, the chromatic pools and explosive springs, the epic pageantry of predator and prey. What a place! Yellowstone is an inexhaustible well, a limitless bounty of natural beauty. So pour a glass of wine or whiskey, stoke up the fire, and take a time-lapse trip through the seasons and across the vast, wild spaces of the Park. If you’re like me, when you turn the last page, Shakespeare’s description of Cleopatra may just bubble up inside your head: “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.”