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Yellowstone NP

August 2, 2017 Leave a comment

Yellowstone National Park is a national park located in the U.S. states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. It was established March 1, 1872. Yellowstone was the first National Park in the U.S. and is also widely held to be the first national park in the world. The park is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful geyser, one of its most popular features.  Since we’ve seen Old Faithful several times, we focused more on other parts of the park.

Our friend Beth Horton is Park Archeologist, so we had some extra incentive to visit the many sights.  Native Americans have lived in the Yellowstone region for at least 11,000 years.  Organized exploration did not begin until the late 1860s. Researchers have examined more than 1,000 archaeological sites.

The Park spans an area of some 3,500 square miles, comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The caldera is considered an active volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years.  Half of the world’s geothermal features are in Yellowstone.   The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth’s northern temperate zone.

Yellowstone: geysers, pools, rainbows

Yellowstone is best known for its geysers.  There are many on the park grounds, we visited most.  Below are some final pictures of geysers.

Also shown is a picture of Upper Mesa Falls, a truly spectacular waterfall about 50 miles outside of Yellowstone.

This one is spouting all the time

Giant geyser has a unique mineral buildup around the spout. It has been known to erupt as high as 300 feet!

You can find these crystal clear hot pools all over the park

Upper Mesa Falls with rainbow

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Yellowstone: water falls

July 12, 2010 1 comment

Yellowstone has some terrific waterfalls.  Also, it has the Yellowstone Grand Canyon — maybe not as big as the one in Arizona, but certainly noteworthy.  Here are some pictures taken on a recent walk, featuring Upper Falls.

Upper Falls, taken from far away with a telephoto lens

Looking up river from the falls

Here the water goes over the falls, and down it goes...

A rainbow decorates the bottom of the falls

A look further down the river, and Yellowstone Grand Canyon

Obligatory bison photo, laying in the flowers

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Yellowstone and Old Faithful

Made it to Yellowstone and spent the first day at the most well known sites.  This includes, of course, Old Faithful (which was 13 minutes late) and the Prismatic Pond.  Great photo opportunities:

Old Faithful doing its thing, although 13 minutes late

One of the original Yellowstone tour busses

Inside the all log Yellowstone Lodge, famous in its own right

Fabulous colors at the Prismatic Pond

One of the many hot ponds

Runoff from the Prismatic Pond

Another hot pond showing mineral buildup

Some plants grow anywhere, like this unique thistle

And some plants are strangely delicate

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