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Yellowstone: Mammoth Hot Springs

Lower Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

We thought we had a pretty good idea what to expect. But when we rounded a curve and caught our first glimpse of the formations of Mammoth Hot Springs, our first thoughts were “is that snow???”

Canary Spring at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

The first impression of Mammoth Hot Springs is that it can’t be real. It is so different from anything we’ve ever seen that it just doesn’t register. And when one gets closer it looks even stranger, as the patterns, colors and textures of the various deposits defy the logic of our memories.

Canary Spring at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

After spending a little time studying the springs, it becomes a little more clear what is happening and why. Eventually it begins to make a little sense, although looking at these photos a month later I still have a hard time comprehending what I saw. It was quite an experience and one I’ll remember for a long time.

Canary Spring at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Canary Spring at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Minerva Trace. Lower Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Minerva Trace. Lower Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Minerva Trace. Lower Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Canary Spring at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Dryad Spring at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Canary Spring at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Canary Spring at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Palette Spring. Lower Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Palette Spring. Lower Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Palette Spring. Lower Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Palette Spring. Lower Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Minerva Trace. Lower Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Minerva Trace. Lower Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Canary Spring at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Dryad Spring at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Grassy Spring at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Palette Spring. Lower Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
View of the Mammoth Hotel and visitor complex from the Main Terrace of Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Hard To Believe

Bison in Snow. Yellowstone National Park near Biscuit Geyser Basin

Yesterday afternoon the thermometer on our patio (in the shade!) read 100 degrees. The month before we were taking a photography tour in Yellowstone. In the snow at 30 degrees!

Still processing photos and a bit behind, but couldn’t resist commenting on the temperature differential.

Stay cool, wherever you are! 😉

Pine trees in Snow. Kepler Cascades overlook, Yellowstone National Park near Old Faithful Inn

Postcard From Yellowstone: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Yellowstone National Park

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a beautiful location, where the Yellowstone River has carved a magnificent canyon with several waterfalls. We were fortunate to time a visit to Artist Point to photograph a rainbow that occurs at the Lower Falls at certain times of the year.

Artist Point was originally named in 1883 by Frank Jay Haynes who improperly believed that the point was the place at which painter Thomas Moran sketched his 1872 depictions of the falls. Later work determined that the sketches were made from the north rim, but the name Artist Point stuck.

Postcard From Yellowstone: Midway Geyser Basin

Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

Midway Geyser Basin is home of the famous Grand Prismatic Spring as well as a number of other equally impressive features. We did see Grand Prismatic, but on the day of our visit the temperatures were in the low 30s, making for a lot of steam. Despite being in the “off season” the place got so busy later in the day when the temperatures did warm up, that we elected to go in the morning before all the selfie-shooting tourists showed up and crowded the boardwalk.

Postcard From Yellowstone: Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Kathy & I are wrapping up our visit to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. It’s been a great couple of weeks, with beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife and some interesting weather. We had very limited connectivity in the parks (a good thing!) and also limited time to look at photos (also a good thing). This is a sample of the images from our first stop in Yellowstone, at Mammoth Hot Springs.