Yellowstone National Park, WY – Bubbling Geysers

Algae-filled crystal clear stream.

Professional photographers

come here too!

Old Faithful teases us.

The crowds gather.

There she goes...!

Oh.. oh.. look...

Yellowstone National Park - Mammoth Hot Springs

September 6-10, 2007 -- We drove into the main north entrance to

Yellowstone National Park and arrived at Mammoth Hot Springs.  I

had never thought about how Yellowstone got its name, but when I

saw the colorful mineral deposits surrounding me it was obvious.

Steam billowed into the air from the hot springs and the smell of

sulphur wafted over us in waves.  The minerals solidify into

stairstep formations and drippy solid lumps.

There is a mystical quality to this area.  The water looks passive

and serene, but the mist and steam drifting above the surface

belie something more sinister brewing below.

I saw a fast flowing stream

filled with bright green plant

life.  it was crystal clear and

looked like it must be ice

cold.  Without even

thinking I put my hand in

the water - and yanked it

right out!  The water was

hot hot hot!

There are mazes of

boardwalks throughout

Mammoth Hot Springs,

some passing old defunct

springs and others skirting

pools of steaming mineral

water.  The minerals harden

into all kinds of shapes, from

elaborate staircases to very

tall pinnacles.  Some of the

springs bubble under vast

lakes punctuated by dead

trees.  Up close the

minerals are a kaleidescope

of colors.

In some areas the minerals harden in waves, like a frozen orange

ocean.  In other areas mini-waterfalls dribble minerals over an edge.

At one lookout we found a professional photographer

using a huge format camera under a draped hood.  Our

quickie snapshots of anything and everything around us

seemed amateurish next to his deliberate methodology.

Other areas of the park feature

geysers as well as hot springs.

And no visit to Yellowstone is

complete without a spin past Old


It erupts every 90 minutes or so,

and with less promptness and

splendor than 50 years ago when

an earthquake shifted things below the surface.  The

crowds gather, however, and there were several

hundred people for our showing.  We were lucky and

got a big burst after the geyser teased us with a series

of smaller sprays.

After enjoying much of what Yellowstone has to offer -- but realizing we'll have to return several times to see it all --

we made our way south into Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming.