Friday, October 12, 2018

Must See Natural Sights: Yellowstone Thermal Pools

There are many sights that are a must see in the world-- from Everest to the Eiffel Tower, and more. But I am partial to sights that are the result of the awesome power of nature.  And the ones I am sharing today are definitely in any must see sights list, especially for nature lovers: the thermal pools or hot springs at Yellowstone National Park.

It is estimated that Yellowstone is home to approximately 10,000 hot thermal features, which includes not only geysers but also hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles. These features are the result of precipitation falling, seeping through the rock, becoming super heated, then thanks to the uber impressive natural plumbing system of Yellowstone, it comes back up to the surface.  Yes, I am oversimplifying but you get the idea.

When we began our trip I told my husband that if we saw anything on Yellowstone, it had to be the thermal pools especially the Grand Prismatic Pool with its surreal colors, located in the Midway Geyser Basin. We missed a lot of Yellowstone, as we stayed in the half east part of the park and mostly in the areas where you can visit with vehicles since my three stepkids were with us.  The pools are around the Firehole River (which you have to cross via a bridge) and as you go past Excelsior Geyser, the colors turn to oranges and yellows.



On the day we went, it happened to be one of the colder summer days at Yellowstone, which cause extreme steam to form when the cool air and the hot air from the pools collided.  It was also crazy windy and it was actually kind of scary because not the entire boardwalk had rails to hold on to.  But what the wind did was give us breaks to glimpse at the beautiful colors.

The vibrant colors found in the hot springs of Yellowstone basins are due to "thermophiles", microorganisms that thrive in hot temperatures. And when they group together around the basins, they show as a riot of colors. In a way, you can tell different microorganisms cannot survive cooler temperatures by the changes in colors.




After spending some time taking it all in, we continued walking the circle made by the boardwalk and walked by Opal Pool, and I have to say that I really loved this one because it reminded me of seaglass.  This island girl's heart just recognizes that color anywhere.  I really like how this photo captures the ripples from the wind and vibration in the water. 


This was such a cool sight to experience, and I cannot wait to go back next year!  


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10 comments:

  1. Your banner is stunning - the autumn in all its glory! The thermal pool photos are great too, so artistic! Nice to get to know you <3

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    1. Oh it’s you Angie - you mislead me a bit :)

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    2. Haha! I just have a second blog because I found this did not really fit with the gardening one. :)

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  2. Oh wow...those colors! I would rather go there than Paris...Nature is the most glorious thing to me... Wow...Michelle

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    1. While I do love Paris, I have to agree with you— give me nature ANY DAY!

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  3. beautiful photos, such a stunning place

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    1. It truly is. At times I think I was holding my breath, taking it all in. :)

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  4. Wow! Gorgeous pictures. we were there years ago when our kids were little. We stayed at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Beautiful old place. I would love to go back.

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  5. I wholeheartedly agree that there is so much natural beauty in the world that should be enjoyed as much as art and architecture. Yellowstone is my favorite National Park. It is such an amazing place!

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