Thursday, January 30, 2014

Geysers!

I’ve always been fascinated by volcanic activity and here in Yellowstone you can get about as close to that as possibleDSC03043.  The cold gives incredible contrast to volcanically heated waterDSC03044 and when geysers are particularly active it’s amazing to witnessDSC03045,  I love seeing steam columns rise against a sapphire skyDSC03046.  The snow can try to belie the danger of leaving the pathDSC03047but if you know the history of deaths in the park you know to stay on itDSC03048.  Our guide Doug made every step informative and fascinatingDSC03049so we not only had great info but breathtaking scenery with nobody else thereDSC03050.  The steam would freeze on the path…it was good to have good snow bootsDSC03051.  The color of these super-heated pools is incredibleDSC03052.  Some geysers have names like “Sapphire or Morning Glory”  it’s obvious whyDSC03054.  They water itself is clear but the way the light is refracted brings awesome color to our eyesDSC03056.  I don’t know how trees make it with the extremes in temperature but they doDSC03059DSC03053.  We learned about the root system and general toughness of Lodge Pole Pine…I have new respect for this amazing tree living where no other can!  A glance back at this areaDSC03057.  Leaving we saw some geysers had acted up againDSC03058.  What powerDSC03059!  Lead on DougDSC03060!  What’s next!

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  1. Those are great photos Joe! What wonderful sights to see.

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    1. Thanks Beth, I've only gone during winter once before. It's fantastic!

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  2. Joe, what a captivating series of photos! Thank you so much for sharing this beauty!

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    1. Thank you Linda, though I wish for the warmer weather your pictures show.

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  3. Love this Your posts help me see the travels I will never get to see.

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    1. I'm glad to share it with you my friend!

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  4. So nice to see a different view of winter. Stunning photos Joe

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  5. I love the contrast of the hot geysers against the winter backdrop...amazing.

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    1. This state is all about contrast and extremes . I've grown to love it but it does take attitude adjustment sometimes.

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