I remember when I was a girl, Yellowstone National Park was one of those places I saw on travel magazines and a place I always dreamed of visiting. Now as a photographer, I get to capture it myself.

My friend and I decided to take a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park after months of nonstop working.

The park’s general route looks like the number eight. Depending on our daily plan, we stayed at four different lodges during our seven-day trip. We stayed at Under Canvas Yellowstone, a glamping site located just 10 minutes from the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park. We took the southern route first, then the northern.

Because of the pandemic, some of the park’s access was limited in 2020. Park staff said it almost feels like the park healed itself from damage and pollution. Once the park fully reopened, land was cleaner, and the animals approached more closely — although the latter isn’t always a good thing.

Animals are usually active from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. We managed to get up early so we wouldn’t miss them and the beautiful sunrise views. We saw groups of bison gathering on the hill, pronghorn antelopes crossing roads and bears walking through bushes.