After a few preliminary spurts, Old Faithful started shooting up.
It raised much higher than it did when I last saw it ten years ago.
It probably reached about 100 feet at its highest. We actually visited the gift shops and watched a couple of excellent movies and then saw it erupt again but from inside as it was raining by this time!
Hopefully there is some order to the rest of these shots. The first series were at the Upper Geyser Basin where Old Faithful is. We then went to the Black Sand Basin, Bisquit Basin,, the Midway Geyser Basin and finally the Lower Geyser Basin and Firehole Drive. You can see all the bubbling water here and a lot of sulfur laden steam everywhere -- sometimes so heavy it was hard to see the features.
Love the colors and textures here. I think this was still at the Upper Geyser Basin.
All the colors are caused by the different kinds of bacteria that grown in this environment. This yellow color was the only color I saw in New Zealand at their thermal park.
I know this shot with the big opening was taken at Black Sands Basin.
You can see the tiny people walking on the boardwalk above.
This was taken at either the Lower or Midway Geyser basin and you can see the skies have started to clear up!
My guess is that this is the Grand Prismatic Springs but maybe wrong. There was a lot of steam so the blue is not as intense as it could be -- blue skies would have helped too!
Notice the white "sox" on all the trees. The acid rich water spreads and kills everything in its path. It amazed me to see wildflowers growing so close to these barren areas and you can see grass sprouting up here as well
This was another rather large geyser that went off when I was walking by. I think it was in the Lower Geyser area. I had seen a couple of smaller geysers as well.
It was a day for a new bird for me -- a Trumpeter Swan -- we saw several of these swans who are residents of Yellowstone. They do come in small numbers to Mattamuskeet in NC but I hadn't seen one there.
This is a Mountain Bluebird -- also new one for me. He was hanging around Old Faithful.
I do enjoy identifying the wildflowers as well. This is a Bracted Lousewart.
This is a Gentian -- probably a Fringed Gentian.
These are Little Sunflowers which were covering the hillsides