Yellowstone National Park
Pictures Of Scenery, Geysers and Wildlife In Yellowstone National Park - October 28, 2006
||This was my first visit to Yellowstone National Park in the northwestern corner of
Wyoming. We only had one day, and we visited as much as we could. I trust you'll get a feel for
what makes Yellowstone
such a popular place. We entered the park from the north entrance
near Gardiner, Montana.
|Inside the Wyoming state line is the
Mammoth Hot Springs. Much of Yellowstone National Park has unique geological characteristics,
including hot sulphur springs, geysers and old volancoes. In the top photo, note the white
and yellow rocks. Those formations are being shaped and created by hot spring water. Heated below,
water travels through buried limestone and then bubbles to the surface to deposit travertine.
I snapped a picture with ~A~ beside a hot springs terrace that looks like it has
been vomiting! :p)
||A view to the north of Mammoth Hot
Springs and the Absoraka Mountains in southern Montana. The boardwalks exist
to keep people away from walking too close to the hot sprigns. The ground can be
unstable with a person falling through a thin layer
of ground ... and bearing the risk of severe burns
and death from scalding hot water.
||Heading south, we briefly stopped at Swan Lake.
My other national park pages:
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Arches National Park
||Heading south, things become more interesting with large
areas of hot springs. This spring was situated on the roadside and the sulphur smell
was particularly icky! :p)
|The Norris Geyser Basin is a worthwhile area
with numerous geysers and springs. From a distance, the steam rising from
the ground has the appearance of a forest fire. The top photo is Emerald
Spring, and the bottom is Steamboat Geyser. Steamboat Geyser sprouted
up water about five feet in the air that I caught on the camera. According to the
sign, when the Steamboat Geyser erupts, it will shoot water 120 to 200 feet in the air, but
don't hold your breath trying to watch it, because it reportedly erupts
every four days to 50 years. Most geysers are unpredictable, by the way,
with one exception being the Old Faithful Geyser, which we were headed to next!
|A few thoughts about the Old Faithful area. Firstly,
if you're heading from the north, the Lower, Midway and Upper Geyser Basins are all
definitely worth exploring. The Midway and Upper have about 50 geysers and
hot springs pools that were active with emiting steam
and occasional spouting water. If you have the time, you may want to explore them.
Old Faithful has a huge parking lot with a gift shop, restaurant,
lodge and other things to give the place more of an amusement park feel. Old Faithful
is unique in that it consistently erupts water approximately every 90 minutes, and the
park gives approximate times of when it will go off. There is plenty of seating around
Old Faithful for people to sit and watch the geyser. The second photo shows
the geyser when it is calm and slowly building pressure underground before its eruption.
The bottom left is my best photo of the eruption, which lasted for about 90 seconds. And
special thanks to ~A~ who drove and showed me around! :)
||TOP: From Old Faithful, we drove a few miles to Craig Pass, which is part of the Continental Divide.
You can see the page I made here:
Craig Pass, Wyoming.
Sadly, we turned around and headed home (to Livingston, Montana)
at this point and missed out on seeing Yellowstone Lake, the "Grand Canyon of Yellowstone" and its waterfalls
and other sites to the east and northeast of the park.
BOTTOM: On the way home between Gardiner and Livingston, Montana,
I snapped this photo of the sunset! You can see my page about it here: Montana Sunset. :)
Wildlife Inside Yellowstone National Park ...
| San Luis Valley
| Central Mountains
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