Beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, and incredible geology. Yellowstone has it all. There is a reason why it became America’s first National Park in 1872. I’ll be focusing on the geology today. Yellowstone sits on top of one of the world’s largest volcanoes. Believe me, when I say, we wouldn’t want to see it blow. The proximity of the lava to the surface is the reason behind all of its hydrothermal features. For one, Yellowstone has more active geysers than the rest of the world combined according to information in the Visitor Center. The geysers are slated for another post; today it is all about hot springs. Peggy and I were captured by their vibrant colors and unique structures. The photos in this post were taken by both of us. We visited this past fall when we were in the middle of our 12,000 mile tour. It was my third visit. Peggy once spent an idyllic summer working there when she was going to college.
36 thoughts on “The Incredible Colors and Structures of Yellowstone’s Hot Springs… It’s Another World”
I’ve know about the hot springs and geysers, but I never thought about the obvious colors they would produce. I have to start using my head for more than a hat rack, eh? 🤪😏
Laughing. Your head is always more than a hat rack, G. –Curt
That saying came out of a black hole I call a brain. I haven’t even heard that in many years!
Hmmm. We both go back a ways, G. Not even sure there are hat racks any more.
um, I’ll have to check on that. The big thing these days, is having a mud room, I suppose.
I think mud rooms are more a reality of living farther north. 🙂 They certainly were when I lived in Alaska durning the 80s.
BTW, they do still sell coat racks.
🙂 Peggy and I just rewatched the movie “What Women Want,” a few nights ago G starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. In the movie Gibson does the old trick of rolling the hat into your hand like Gene Kelly used to do (if I remember right). He finishes off by tossing the hat and landing it on a hat rack, which was another old movie/vaudeville trick. Fun movie.
A truly amazing place!!! Wonderful photos
Thanks, M.B. Amazing it is! –Curt
No wonder people in the East in 1807 refused to believe what John Colter said he saw in Yellowstone!
It’s certainly one of those “You have to see it to believe it,” Ray. Photos help, but you have to be there to experience its full impact. –Curt
Wonderful array of photos. We loved Yellowstone’s hot springs too.
Thanks, Peggy. It’s world class.
We have fond memories from Yellowstone too, we were amazed by the landscape and the countless shades of colours all those hot springs can have. We haven’t ever imagined that could really exist, it’s another world, as you well said🙂
Wonderful shots! We missed some of that clarity of the water..
Thanks, Christie. Actually, I was surprised by the clarity as well. I didn’t notice it on my previous visits either,
I visited Yellowstone in 1995, thanks for the memory nudge.
I like this collection of hot springs and especially the colours produced by the minerals. Those, matched with the striking blue sky make an outstanding post. What can’t be captured sufficiently in a series of photos is how much action there is at Yellowstone: things bubbling, steaming, exploding, bursting, cascading…in all directions. But you have done a fairly good job of alluding to all that with these.
Thanks, Crystal. I think the geyser post will add to the action, but you are absolutely right. Even a live documentary can’t quite capture the feeling of being there. –Curt
Amazing place. I visited in ’77, I imagine a few things have changed. How were the crowds? Have the forests recovered from the fires they had a few years back?
The recovery has been amazing, Dave. Peggy and I were there a year or so after the fires and even then nature was doing a marvelous job. Crowds were around but not like peak season. We were there just a couple of weeks before the snow hit. Lucky.
You got some great captures Curt. Really up close with great colors and intricacies. It looks like som of my captures but mine were so far away. Maybe the time of year as well have a color change, I expect! ❤️
We may have taken a few more as well, Cindy. Like over 200. 🙂 Thanks. –Curt
I’ve never been to Yellowstone, but it’s obviously a place that should be on anyone’s list of attractions to visit. When I saw that green, I assumed at first it was algae. Then I realized that algae probably wouldn’t survive in that heat. Or would it? All of the colors are fantastic, but the textures are interesting, too. In the second photo, the ‘fuzziness’ reminds me of those toys from years back that had a kind of close-cropped, fuzzy covering. I guess the technical term was ‘flocked,’ but it surely does look similar to these formations.
Depending on the temperature— algae can survive in water up to 135 degrees F, Linda, and does grow in hot springs. Studies being done at Yellowstone show that it detoxifies arsenic, which might prove to be quite helpful.
Looking at the toys, I can see where flocked might apply. Not so much on flocked Christmas trees. Grin.
Curt, sublime photos of the springs at Yellowstone and I had no idea about them! Thank you so much for your informative post (I definitely won’t go bathing in them then!) and the photos are sublime with the most amazing colours! I bet that must have been one of the best summer jobs ever for Peggy!
Yes on Peggy, Annika. Even included first summer time love. Grin. And thanks on the photos. We had a great time with our cameras.
What an unusual place, Curt. The geology is fascinating. I can’t wait to go there and see them for myself.
It’s its own fantasy world, D.
Haha. That’s so true! You made me smile.
What a beautiful multicolor 😍
Mother Nature at her grandest! Thanks.
Thanks for sharing the magic of Yellowstone, Curt and Peggy. Yellowstone is such an incredible place, another world, and you did a great job of capturing the colors here.
Appreciated Jet. As in past visits, we wandered around in wonder.
Great photos and info, Curt! I think the hot springs at Yellowstone are one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. I was wholly unprepared for how cool they would be, and I think my poor husband was ready to push me into one after the zillionth photo I insisted on stopping to take!
Laughing, Lexi. Fortunately Peggy likes to take photos as well!