Monday, January 27, 2014

To the Lower Geyser Basin

After our first rest stop we proceeded to the lower geyser basinDSC03019.  The cold air had ice crystals in it that looked like diamond dust in the air…stunningly beautiful.  Mist rose from the above freezing river making many pictures somewhat foggyDSC03020.  By this time the sapphire sky had made its welcome appearanceDSC03021.  Here was saw the mist rise from the river and cling to plants on the riverside…it was nature’s perfect flockingDSC03022.  I don’t think fake flocking could ever do such a great jobDSC03023!  Stepping off the road was  a risk…very thick powder would engulf you quickly as Lovely here demonstratesDSC03024.  Note the sun making the flocking glowDSC03025.  Bald Eagles are resident here in fact one came to eye the raven’s disgusting feastDSC03027.  Disturbingly on closer inspection the ‘feast’ was another dead ravenDSC03028.  The swans didn’t seem to care one way or anotherDSC03030.  Bison made their presence known once again on the other side of the riverDSC03031.  The cold is nothing to themDSC03032.  Impressive to note that until it’s twenty below zero they don’t have to burn body fat to stay warmDSC03033.  Only moose beat Bison in their ability to endure coldDSC03034.   Nearing the lower basin it begins to look like arctic tundraDSC03036.  Note the huge steam bank as we approach the volcanic activityDSC03037.  At first it appears to be low clouds but it’s not, it’s all steamDSC03038.  Flocked trees returned as we proceededDSC03039.  Closer evidence of hot water from geysers was now apparentDSC03040.  Small wonder the river is not frozenDSC03041.  Soon we will see some actual geysers…are you ready for itDSC03042?

8 comments:

  1. I love the way the snow looks in all the pictures here...simply breathtaking and stunning on so many levels.

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    1. Thanks very much Keith, I knew you'd enjoy this more than most!

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  2. Beautiful winter photos here, Joe!

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    1. Thanks Linda...hard to believe Spring isn't so far away sometimes.

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  3. Joe, those are such wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing them with us!

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    1. Thank you Beth, you're most welcome!

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  4. It really doesn't get better than this. Breath Taking .
    Our snow has melted , not all but some . It been a long hard winter with better days ahead.

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