North America

Yellowstone – explosive and colourful

This park was the highlight of my US national park trip and a place I have dreamt of visiting for many years. Ever since I went to Iceland and saw a geyser for the first time I have been wanting to see more.  Yellowstone has the largest concentration of geysers, hot springs and mudpots in the world – and my guess is that they are also the most colourful!

Upper Geyser Basin

Take a walk around Upper Geyser Basin starting from the oh so famous Old Faithful geyser that erupts every 90 minutes. I seems like Old Faithfull is taking all the attention but there are so many other quirky pools and geysers to explore in the area. My favourite was the Morning Glory Pool. It is in the far end away from Old Faithful so don’t miss it!

yellowstone morning glory poolThe Morning Glory Pool. What a sight!

yellowstone castle geyserCastle Geyser

yellowstone cascade geyserCascade geyser. With so many geysers the chances of seeing them erupt is very good. Some erupt every hour and some haven’t erupted for many years.

yellowstone spring

yellowstone orange blue pool

yellowstone orange pool

yellowstone orange poolyellowstoneGrand Prismatic Spring

Situated just a little North of the Upper Geyser Basin is another extraordinary sight. A huge orange and turquoise coloured pool called Grand Prismatic Spring. If you look at it from above it looks like a huge rainbow coloured eye. I really wish I had a drone or a helicopter or something! But hey it also looks pretty from the ground.

yellowstone grand prismatic springyellowstone grand prismatic springyellowstone grand prismatic springThe orange stuff is actually bacteria growing on the rocks.

yellowstone grand prismatic springyellowstone grand prismatic spring

West Yellowstone

Being kind of disappointed about not seeing so many animals in the park we visited the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in the town West Yellowstone. The animals there have all been rescued from the wild or removed because of danger (eg. grizzly bears that grow fond of human food) so at least they used to be wild.

yellowstone ground squirrel

The cutest ground squirrel ever!

yellowstone bald eagleThe most American of all birds – the bald eagle.

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Marian Wednesday August 31st, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Your IG account brought me here and what a great detour that was! Beautiful photography and what an amazing place! A place I would love to visit as well, as all of the national parks in the US. Looking forward to more of your US national park trip!

    • Reply Sarah Green Monday September 5th, 2016 at 07:18 PM

      Thank you Marian – so glad you took the time to visit my blog as well. Have a wonderful day! 😀

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