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Yellowstone Pictures, vol. 6

General, semi-organized pictures of the park

seven mile holeThe Seven Mile Hole Trail. This wonderful trail leads a hiker down into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. If you have looked at the canyon from the rim and gotten the urge to hike down to the bottom, then this is the trail for you. The trail is often steep and hard to navigate (loose rock and stuff) or even to follow in spots, but if scrawny old cigarette smoking me can do it so can you. There are two or three back country camp sites at the bottom, so it makes a good overnight trip. There are several small thermal areas along the way, and a creek just beyond the farthest campsite with strange green, sulphery smelling water that is a series of small falls and pools, and is lined with small hot springs. Be sure to ask if the water is OK if you camp. I found a sign on the way out that wasn't there when I hiked in for an overnight trip warning that the river water was not safe to drink even if filtered. I was just waiting to see what kind of disease I would get from it, but stayed healthy.

natural bridgeThe Natural Bridge, near Bridge Bay. Yes, Yellowstone has just about everything. My sister contributed a shot that is a bit closer than this one.

cupid springCupid Spring, at Mammoth Hot Springs. The streaks of color are due to different sorts of algae that grow in different temperatures.

wapitiAn elk grazing at Mammoth Hot Springs. Mammoth is often overrun with elk feeding on the lawns around the buildings.

elephant back terraceElephant Back Terrace , Mammoth Hot Springs. Elephant Back is on the upper Terrace Drive, a short one way road. It's unusual shape comes from hot mineral laden water seeping out of a linear crack in the ground, but not necessarily along the whole length at once. The terraces at Mammoth are a very dynamic area. The mineral deposited is travertine, which builds up much more rapidly than the geyserite in the geyser basins. Very active formations can change noticeably from one year to the next, and activity shifts from one spring to another frequently. Elephant back is not very active in this picture. The gray color is travertine with no water flowing on it.

terrace poolA pool on top of the Main terrace , Mammoth Hot Springs. I liked the milky blue color of this one. Milky color like this is caused by suspended bits of minerals in the water.

algaeAn algae bed in a runoff channel of Canary Spring, Mammoth Hot Springs. Algae (usually really bacteria rather than true algae) is responsible for most of the colors in the runoff channels of hot springs and geysers. My sister has an algae picture also.

birdA sort of reddish bird. Don't know what kind.

cliff swallow nestsAs long as we are on the subject of birds, these are the nests of Cliff Swallows under the eaves of the old gas station at Lake. The nests are made of mud, and would be all over the buildings if we let them, but that is a story in itself.

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