How can one begin to describe the magnitude, the mysterious wonderment, the awesome beauty of the first national park and largest active geothermal caldera in the world.
As author Ken Burns has stated, " When you're there, you feel like you are at the moment of creation."
There is a hushed reverence as visitors like myself walk over this landscape which holds a wealth of ancient geological history and yet continues to hiss, steam, bubble and spew randomly its contents from a trembling source beneath my feet.
My words are inadequate so I will quote John Muir from 1901.
"The park is full of exciting wonders. The wildest geysers in the world, in bright, triumphant bands are dancing and singing in it amidst thousands of boiling springs, beautiful and awful, their basins arrayed in gorgeous colours like gigantic flowers, and hot paint pots, mud springs, mud volcanoes, mush and broth caldrons whose contents are of every colour and consistency, plash and heave and roar in bewildering abundance. "
So here are my photos of a few of the 10, 000 geysers, hot springs, mud pots and fumaroles in Yellowstone.
WEST THUMB GEYSER BASIN
|YELLOWSTONE LAKE and the ABSAROKA MOUNTAINS in the background|
LITTLE CALDRONS SIZZLING ON THE LAKESIDE