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20 July 2009 @ 07:00 pm
Yellowstone 1 - Geysers and Hot Springs  
Time to kickoff some photographs from Yellowstone then? It has been a busy couple of weeks and the process of looking through photographs to pick out ones to process and upload has been a little challenging. So, I think I should begin by posting pictures of geysers and hot springs for which Yellowstone is most famous for, besides being the world's first national park and the most visited national park in the United States.

There is a shortage of words and phrases used to describe Yellowstone. Anything and everything I want to say has been said before and in words more beautiful than I can ever imagine putting together. There are few words better than what Terry Tempest Williams writes in "The erotics of place: Yellowstone" to describe Yellowstone:


"Steam rising. Water boiling. Geysers surging. Mud pots gurgling. Herds breathing. Hooves stampeding. Wings flocking. Sky darkening. Clouds gathering. Rain falling. Rivers raging. Lakes rising. Lightning striking. Trees burning. Thunder dapping. Smoke clearing. Eyes staring.

We call its name -- and the land calls back.

Yellowstone.

Echo System.

Echo."



That is Yellowstone. You'll understand when you go there.


The gigantic Yellowstone caldera is almost incomprehensible and definitely not viewable in its entirety standing anywhere on earth - a crazy 30 miles by 40 miles (or around 50 by 70 kilometers). It's a strange feeling driving into a caldera that big. It is a caldera masked by beauty in innumerable forms from geothermal features to trees to landscape to wildlife. Yellowstone breathes. Yellowstone lives.





Near the Grand Prismatic geyser




Firehole river on a cloudy, rainy day.







Near Artist's paint pots







One of the countless geysers along the Firehole river







Hotsprings along the river







Geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, mudpots and all







Grand Prismatic spring







Grand Prismatic spring







Beautifully colored pools














 
 
 
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Subodhsubodhs on July 21st, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
Of all the pictures I have seen of Yellowstone, vivid colors abound. So, why is it called Yellowstone? I know I know .. there's ample out there on the net but I guess for something as beautiful as (your pictures show), yellowstone should have been named all those things! :-)
Yathinyathin on July 21st, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
:)) ... Yellowstone is mad with beauty!
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talekotaleko on July 21st, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)
So fantastic!!
raviksraviks on July 21st, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
Brilliant pictures..
I am jealous :)
Kathy Walkerkatbyte on July 21st, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
The algae is what makes the pools the different colors.

I spent 2 full summers working in Yellowstone. First year at West Yellowstone, second year at Canyon.

An experience I will never forget. I absolutely loved it.

Yosemite will always be my favorite, but they are just two totally different places. Thank you for sharing. I have many pictures (somewhere) of bears and bison.

Yathinyathin on July 21st, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
You folks are really lucky to have worked there a couple of seasons! It is such a beautiful place! :)
Melkendokamel on July 21st, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing those (:
Aparna: Myselfinspirethoughts on July 21st, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing and showing us Yellowstone. I have never seen geysers in real-life, your pictures bring life to them!
kejnkejn on July 21st, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
love the bison prints around the hot springs. (hope none fell in!) :)
Yathinyathin on July 21st, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
roast bison in Yellowstone springs?