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Yellowstone (IV)

By DRicherby
Back to the Yellowstone series, after a long break.

This shot is of the margins of the well-known Grand Prismatic Spring, probably the park's most well-known feature after the Old Faithful geyser. The familiar view is an aerial shot but we didn't have a helicopter handy. Wink

The main part of the spring is shrouded in steam, since the water is at about 70C and, although this was taken in late June, that's only really spring at an altitude of a mile and a half! The colours are caused by mats of bacteria that thrive in the hot water. Zones of different temperatures support different mixes of bacteria, causing the banded effect greener bacteria like hotter water so orange turns to yellow and green closer to the centre. This area is the run-off down towards the Firehole River.

#2 is a closer view of the bacterial mat, taken nearby. I was originally going to upload it on its own but decided it wasn't interesting enough.

All comments and criticism appreciated.


Monday, 22nd June, 2009.
17mm, f/11, 1/250s, ISO-100.

Tags: Red Orange Geyser Hot spring Wyoming Landscape and travel Yellowstone national park Grand prismatic spring

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derekhansen 11 210 24 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2010 3:16PM
Excellent shot Dave. The springs shoreline provides a great lead-in and the colours are stunning.


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gingerdelight 13 298 11 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2010 3:21PM
Superbly captured Dave, excellent colours and composition.
jonrayner 12 8 2 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2010 4:17PM
Wow, such a vibrancy of colours; the deep orange and deep blue of the sky. Fantastic shot.
User_Removed 11 1 8 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2010 5:28PM
super colours.

rockfish 10 1 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2010 5:45PM
I like the great colour palette in this, and especially the comp with the orange lead in. Top shot.
28 Mar 2010 6:23PM
Beautiful image indeed

baclark 10 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2010 9:17PM
Love the curving orange bacterial mat. A friend is visiting here in May, looks like she's in for a great time! I enjoy V2 as a minamalist abstract.
accipiter 10 61 England
29 Mar 2010 9:31AM
Grand composition and colour. A
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2010 3:26PM
How unusual to see this
Thanks for your write uo
morpheus1955 13 3 2 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2010 10:08PM
Stunning set of images, superb colour and composition, for me it has to be V1.

imagio 13 12 1 England
29 Mar 2010 11:54PM
Excellent compositions..

ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
30 Mar 2010 2:41AM
That is so fascinating about the bacteria mat and the different temperatures. And about the bison! Thanks for the very informative share, Dave, and two VERY well recorded images here.

EAS 11 1 13 Scotland
30 Mar 2010 10:03AM
What a well composed image! Amazing colours and lught. Just love that sweeping shape in V1.

clicknimagine Plus
10 618 100 India
30 Mar 2010 11:20AM
what a fantastic color, superb shot, i prefer v1...
dmhuynh72 12 44 3 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2010 11:56AM
Magical place and beautifully photographed Dave.

AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
30 Mar 2010 6:53PM
Good governor! That orange is so striking - bacteria!!! ewww - actually, I guess it's a kind of algae, right. It's the steam that makes this though. I like the way you've composed it with the curve coming in from the corner of the frame.
Bacteria - puts me right off the wine............

Anne Smile
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2010 7:57PM
Awwwww, don't be scared of bacteria. Smile Two good reasons:

o There are about ten times as many bacterial cells in your body as there are human cells. The human cells are quite a bit larger and heavier but, at least in terms of head count, what you think of as `you' is mostly bacteria.

o The buttery/creamy taste in certain white wines (commonly chardonnays) is caused by bacteria that ferment malic acid, which tastes of tart apples, in the young wine to lactic acid, which tastes somewhat milky.

But, yes, it is bacteria, rather than algae. Algae are simple plants but bacteria have a rather different internal structure, lacking nuclei and other bits and bats.
31 Mar 2010 6:17PM
...and here comes Award for our great TeamMan......klik
astyag 12 12
31 Mar 2010 7:07PM
Dave this is a very powerful scene, well done
xwang 10 56 8
1 Apr 2010 12:45AM
Excellent colour.I love V1's misty ,colour and curve.V2's bright colour.It's really nice to know about the bacterial mat.Thank you.
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
2 Apr 2010 3:56AM
I am now much wiser Smile
cassiecat 11 39 46 England
2 Apr 2010 2:24PM
lovely comp and colours in v1.lesley
Bigtoe 11 7 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2010 7:56PM
Beautiful strong colours here Dave. Like the frame as well. Tony.
tigertimb 12 40 66 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2010 9:59AM
What an amazing sight Dave, love the lead in following the water into the steam and the blue sky overhead.

I was initially wondering whether you had a special suit to get this close to the lava, so fascinated to read your information.

But what made you think that telling Anne that she's only 9.1% human would make her feel better about bacteria, or that whenever she drinks wine more of the invading army are moving in afresh Wink
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 3:04PM
I am stunned to read all the info and comments, that colour so unreal!
I am wondering about the smell? was there one? or is that just like the sulpher hot springs in NZ?
amazing shots both of them, especially V1 with the steam
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 3:10PM
Thanks, Lillian. Smile I don't remember any particular smell around the Grand Prismatic Spring, though some other areas were rather sulphurous — especially the aptly named Sulphur Cauldron.
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 3:36PM
You need to go to Rotarua NZ then... smell....disaster zone! whew, pity people living there.
thanks for the reply just thought with all that steam there, would have caused odour from heat
maggie9 11 45 2 Scotland
7 Apr 2010 8:27AM
ohhh my....resplendant orange
fab impact

gary_d 12 576 13 Wales
8 Apr 2010 11:28PM
This is a spectacular image Dave and a very interesting write up. - gary
Mynett 11 142 6 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2010 1:24PM
spectacular, would love to visit this one day meanwhile I will enjoy your series. Smile

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
11 Apr 2010 12:37AM
Thats different.. Paul
Animalsmagic 10 2 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2010 5:59PM
Super colour and the curve is fantastic, great capture of a truly wonderful place
Ridgeway 13 222 2 Ireland
11 Apr 2010 11:17PM
V2 makes sence when No1 has been viewed,two nice shots,
A place I'd love to see,,

metro074 10 8 Australia
12 Apr 2010 4:18PM
A very well composed image. The colours are superb! Sounds like a chemical war fare of colour going on! Well done
NobbytheNobster 10 33 5 England
13 Apr 2010 4:07PM
Fantastic shot and what an amazing place.
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2010 4:57PM
Love how this orange sweeps around the picture - amazing detail and write up
HectorRivera 12 17 1 United States
16 Apr 2010 1:29PM
Nice shot
teocali Plus
12 442 18 England
18 Apr 2010 7:07PM
Terrific colours, textures and atmosphere in V1 Dave - love the swirling rising steam and the skyscape. Superb detail and textures in V2. Thanks for a really fascinating description too.
Cor 11 Belgium
19 Apr 2010 8:51AM
V1 +++++
hebdens 14 5
12 May 2010 4:33PM
Fantastic scene, the colours are amazing. Ha Ha know I know why I am allergic to chardonnays ; )))))
28 Jun 2010 6:46PM
A really excellent capture. Smile
cirrusminor 12 380 3 England
30 Sep 2010 12:56AM
Silently simmering, patiently waiting Wink
Rende 13 38 4 Netherlands
24 Oct 2010 10:41AM
Beautifully composed dramatic shot.
candywest 13 1 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2010 11:06PM
this amazing i love the composition
brilliant images in your gallery a delight Ju
hasu 11 8 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2010 2:09PM
Wow! what a capture!!!!!!!!!!! 10/10
Ezo 9 7 England
17 Dec 2010 8:38AM
V1 is a great shot Dave and V2 although not much on its own compliments V1 and tells a bit more of the story. Nice write up too.
5 May 2012 5:37PM
Nice mixture of colours Dave. Lovely shot.


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