This is part two of our trip log to Yellowstone. Probably some of the biggest miracles of Yellowstone are hot springs and geysers that can be found across the park. Different bacteria creates different color textures around hot springs and geysers, bringing lots of contrast and vivid color into the scene. As temperatures change, colors start changing, too, making Yellowstone a truly unique and magical place to be in at different times of the year.
The first image is a hot spring called “Dragon’s Mouth”, which looks like a cave with steam coming out of it. Check out this video on Youtube of Dragon’s Mouth.
A small pool from “Mud volcano”:
Green bacteria transforms the colors of the river
Mammoth Hot Springs:
You haven’t seen the park if you haven’t spent the time to see the good old “Old Faithful”. I sat my camera on a tripod and shot more than 200 images of this geyser in action. When I started reviewing the images from the trip after we came home, I bumped into this image that has a shape of some odd-looking creature. For some reason, it reminds me of “Fozzie bear” from the “Muppet Show”, but I guess you can use your own imagination :)
More geysers from the Biscuit Basin:
This is the “Sapphire pool”, which was my favorite from the park. When I first saw it, I just stood there for 10-15 minutes in awe, staring at the pool and its colors. God’s magnificent creation, this pool is so deep that you cannot see the bottom even if you stand several feet higher. In order to capture this image, I put my camera on a monopod and set it on timer, extended it all the way up and raised it as high as I could. Snapped about 5-6 of these and I like this one the best. As you can see, the bottom is not visible even at this height, which is truly amazing. Don’t be tricked though – this pool might look nice and beautiful, but in fact it boils water at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. I’ve read that 50 years ago people could see geyser eruptions of 100-150 feet high from this pool!
Another sapphire pool, which I thought was inactive until I stuck my finger into the water…it was a bad idea – I almost burned my finger :)
This one is called “Mustard Spring” because the surrounding area looks like mustard. It was sitting nice and quiet when I snapped this picture.
Hot water pouring out of the Excelsior Geyser: