The Amazing Landscape of Yellowstone N.P. in Wyoming ( Part 1)

October 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

 

 

White Dome Geyser is stunning cone Geyser I was told it would erupt every12 to 24 minutes we waited over a half hour twice and missed it. Must be why it is not called Ild Faithful The Yellowstone and Grand Teton region is one of the most dynamic seismic areas in the world -- wracked by earthquakes, cracked by water boiling to the surface, and littered with the detritus of previous volcanic eruptions. Today, the bowels of the Yellowstone caldera are again filling with magma. Geologic studies show that, for the past 2 million years, the plateau has blown its top every 600,000 years or so -- and the last explosion was about 600,000 years ago. That means that a titanic blow -- bigger than anything seen in recorded history -- could happen, well, any century now, give or take thousands of years. The geological time frame is a long one, by human standards, but this didn't stop people from getting excited when an unprecedented "swarm" of minor earthquakes rattled the park in early 2009. The good news is that the big one is not imminent; geologists say things need to heat up considerably first.

Old Faithful Geyser It did erupt every 90 minutes while we were there. We stayed at the Old Faithful Inn, which is located right in front of this geyser

By the end of the 1872 Hayden expedition, explorers had identified several distinct areas in the park, each with its own physical characteristics. Less spectacular than the craggy mountain scenery of Grand Teton, and less imposing than the vast expanses of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Yellowstone's beauty is subtle, reflecting the changes it has undergone during its explosive past.

Although Yellowstone has its share of mountains, much of the park is a high mountain plateau. The environment changes dramatically as you ascend the mountain slopes from the foothill zones in the valleys -- the elevation at the entrance at West Yellowstone is 6,666 feet, for example, compared to 5,314 feet at the Gardiner entrance. Because the park lies about halfway between the equator and the North Pole, its summers consist of long, warm days that stimulate plant growth at the lower elevations.

Situated on 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone is significantly larger than its sister to the south. Encompassing 3,472 square miles, Yellowstone boasts 310 miles of paved roads and 1,000 miles of backcountry trails, and it is home to more geysers and hot springs than the combined total in the rest of the world. Fountain Flats Drive The Firehole River flows past meadows frequented by Bison. Lots of Bison!!! Fir Trees on the way to Yellowstone lake. We found this old abandoned house surrounded by Aspen. This was in September and the colors were terrific Then comes the mountain zone (6,000-7,600 ft.), thickening forests dominated by lodgepole pine, broken by meadows where deer, elk, and moose often graze. The transition area between the highest forest and the bare surface above timberline is known as the subalpine zone (7,600-11,300 ft.). Finally, we come to the bare rock at the very top of the continental shelf, where small, hardy plants, such as glacier lilies and sky pilot, bloom briefly after the annual thaw.

Rivers are fed by the melting glacier and snow peaks The Amazing Color's of Yellowstone in September This raven followed us to three consecutive pull offs , as if it was showing us his park! The Big Sky of Yellowstone.Montana is not the only place with big Skies When you arrive at the Southern Geyser Basin you might feel that you've been transported through a geologic time warp. Here you will find the largest collections of thermal areas in the world -- there are perhaps 600 geysers and 10,000 geothermal features in the park -- and the largest geysers in Yellowstone. The result: boiling water that is catapulted skyward and barren patches of sterile dirt; hot, bubbling pools that are unimaginably colorful; and, of course, the star of this show, the geyser Old Faithful. Plan on spending at least 80 minutes here, as that's the typical period between the eruptions that send thousands of gallons of boiling water through the sky at a speed exceeding 100 mph. Old Faithful Geyser AreaOld Faithful gets old the great press but the area around it can be just as beautiful Old Faithful after it had erupted, All of a sudden a rainbow appeared right over it. Phyllis and I stumbled upon this scene. The rivers running through the fields of Orange, Red and Yellow was amazing to see Rain Storms would bring great dark clouds with beautiful light The Northern section of the park, between Mammoth Hot Springs and the Tower-Roosevelt region, is a high-plains area that is primarily defined by mountains, forests, and broad expanses of river valleys that were created by ice movements. What ever direction you travel in Yellowstone you see beauty. This was in the south area on the way to the Grand TetonsWe found this scene on the side of the road The Grand Prismatic Spring Located in the Midway Geyser Basin  In part two of our Yellowstone  National Park landscape  we will concentrate on the thermal areas of Yellowstone. This includes the Midway Geyser Basin which is where the Prismatic Springs ( seen above) is located.

 

Midway Geyser Basin


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