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Yellowstone in Pictures

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Yellowstone, with it’s rainbow of hot springs, sputtering geysers and steaming charred earth is the strangest place I’ve ever been. The entire park is actually situated over a giant supervolcano, which is the cause of the zany geothermal phenomenon that dot the area. It’s also a place of great natural beauty, beautiful lakes, rivers and mountain tops. Larger than the state of Rhode Island, Yellowstone is like a theme park of strange and beautiful bubbling waters, flanked by incomparable nature.

The Grand Prismatic Spring, the biggest hot spring in the United States (third in the world). The brilliant colors are a result of the pigmented bacteria which thrives in the boiling hot water. Yellowstone is dotted with many beautiful hot pools, but this is one of the most impressive.

Everyone talks about Old Faithful, but there are dozens of other varied and cool geysers throughout the park.  This is the Great Fountain Geyser which erupts daily.

The Firehole River. It got it’s name from the steam that occurs from the runoff of boiling hot springs. Apparently it’s really great for fishing, as long as you are careful not to get scalded.

Yellowstone suffered an extensive forest fire about ten years ago which left acres of dead tree husks. Over time the root systems give out and the skeleton  trees tip over like matchstick soldiers.

A wily coyote by our campground in the early morning.

More colorful microorganisms.

A sleepy buffalo we stumbled across hiking through the West Thumb geyser basin. He was about six feet from us but luckily sound asleep (I’d hate to wake one up!).

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Photo by Andy Smith

Mammoth Hot Springs, created over thousands of years by hot water bubbling up from underground and leaving calcium deposits behind. This is actual NEW rock people. It’s still growing steadily, threatning to overtake nearby historical houses.  And there’s me in the corner.

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Photo by Andy Smith

The travertine terraces of Mammoth Springs up close. Kind of like walking on another planet.

A peaceful river bend far away from the geothermal areas. The mind boggling thing about Yellowstone is that it’s both a roiling, seething vent with the potential for unheard of destruction should it ever erupt, and one of the most tranquil places on earth. It’s not hard to see why this is America’s first, and most famous National Park.

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6 Responses to Yellowstone in Pictures

  1. Gray September 29, 2009 at 9:22 AM #

    Wow, you have some gorgeous photos here! I have not yet been to Yellowstone and have never had more than a passing interest to do so, but your photos definitely have increased my interest.

  2. Steph September 29, 2009 at 3:40 PM #

    Thanks! I visited once as a little kid and then again fairly recently and was blown away by the crazy feats of nature in the park. It’s one of the United States greatest treasures and absolutely worth a visit.

  3. Dave and Deb September 29, 2009 at 5:15 PM #

    Beautiful photos. The colours are so vivid. I really need to go there one day soon.

  4. Cheap air tickets October 3, 2009 at 6:20 AM #

    really very beautiful photos

  5. Jerry January 21, 2010 at 8:29 PM #

    Well, if you’ve never been there you best hurry because it’s not going to be there for long by the looks of it !
    100s of Earthquakes happening every day now !
    I think she’s getting ready to POP ! (Yellowstone Volcano)

    Jerry
    .-= Jerry´s last blog ..Tractors and Parts: Partners =-.

    • Steph January 21, 2010 at 8:56 PM #

      Oh god, they’ll be a lot of the United States you’ll miss out on if that happens.

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