Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Day 25 Yellowstone

Yellowstone has so much to look at geysers, hot springs, canyons, wildlife and great scenery.
We drove the Grand Loop road through forests,
beautiful meadows
and more white knuckle mountain passes.
We drove through large areas of burned forests from the great forest fire of 20 yrs. ago.

We began our 2nd day at the approriately named Porcelain Basin.

Porcelain Basin is the most acidic of the Yellowstone thermal areas.
Thermophiles in the acidic water created much different colors than in the other geyser basins in the park.

This tiny little spouter sent up a continuous stream of water.

Mammouth Hot Springs , view from the Top.

The hot water percolates through a layer of limestone dissolving the calcium which creates the Travertine Terraces.

The runoff created little terraces of raised traverine.
On Golden Pond

Colored Calcite Creations
Travertine Terrace
Mammouth Hot Springs from the bottom.
The buffalo & elk were both within 50' of the car.

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River

We've seen alot of canyons on this trip & each one is in class by itself.

The water was a milky blue-green.

The Lower Falls from Inspiration Point
The Upper Falls
The iconic view from Artists Point
Pastel Canyon Walls from Artists Point.

No comments:

Post a Comment