In the world of Yellowstone National Park, you’ve got a great many different types of landscapes to choose from.
These include the vast desert landscapes that have seen thousands of years of desertification, as well as the white sand beaches that are known for their stunning beauty.
But in 2017, a new type of landscape was created by a group of students at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The students called themselves the “Yellowstone Landscape Generation,” and the idea was to create a unique, diverse, and sustainable way to experience Yellowstone National Parks.
This new landscape, dubbed the “yellowstone desert,” is being called “an evolution of the Yellowstone landscape.”
The idea of creating a new landscape was not something they thought about for a long time.
In fact, the idea for the project began to take shape a few years ago.
“We’re interested in creating a landscape that doesn’t feel like it’s being created,” said Rachel Satterfield, a student in the School of Design who is helping to design the landscape.
“I feel like a little bit of the old, yellow-tinted world, or the old yellow-colored landscape.”
“So we were like, ‘What if we did something new?’ and we came up with the idea of this green, vibrant, colorful landscape, a landscape where the land is always green, there’s always color, and the landscape is always unique.”
The students at CU Boulder decided to create an “elevation landscape,” a landscape made up of multiple terraces, and a green-colored lake.
“The elevation landscape has a lot of different textures and colors,” said Satterford.
“The lake is a little more like the ocean, which is what makes it unique.”
This new “eastern desert” landscape will be part of the new visitor experience.
The student group says they want visitors to see that this is a natural landscape that’s been impacted by the park’s extensive development.
“What we’re trying to do is capture the beauty of nature in a new way,” said Sara Kallman, a senior in the school.
“It’s a landscape to make people feel like they are walking on a wild landscape.”
To create the elevation landscape, the students have used photogrammetry, which allows them to take a high-resolution photo of the landscape in real time.
“This is a really amazing way to capture something really cool, but it’s also kind of a challenge,” said Shugarts team member Chris Dyer.
“Because the elevation has to be so close to the surface of the lake, you have to use a lot more light to make it look like it was actually there,” added Kallmann.
To create their new landscape they used a variety of cameras, including a Canon C100, a Nikon D810, and several GoPro cameras.
Each camera was placed on a tripod so they could capture high-definition video of the land, as long as the camera was positioned near the lake and not directly above it.
The students then used the digital images to create 3D models, which were then then used to create the landscape they wanted.
“When you see these photographs of the ground you feel like you’re walking on the land,” said Dyer, adding that they were very concerned with making sure that the ground was consistent and the lake was the same color.
“It was actually a lot easier to get the colors correct than it was to actually create the land.
I think it took us two years just to get that right,” said Kallmans Dyer.”
So that was the hard part,” said Chris Dorkins, a junior in the Landscape program.
“We had to make sure that we didn’t get any color into the landscape, or into the lake.”
“We had a really hard time finding the right color for the lake,” said Josh Goss, a freshman in the landscape program.
“I was like, Oh, this is really hard.
This is really challenging, but we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished here.”
The new landscape is being released on Instagram, where the team has received a lot in return for their efforts.
“That’s really the beauty about the landscape generation,” said Goss.
“This is what we do.
We’re creating something that’s beautiful and unique and we want to show people that this place is alive.””
The green is the most beautiful color in the world,” said another student, Hannah Cappas, “and we’re proud of that.””
There’s a lot that we want people to know about the land and about the mountains, the rivers, the animals, and how much work it takes to maintain these things,” said Cappays.
“These are the things that keep people coming back.”
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