Darn, I can’t remember what this geyser is called! but it erupts every few seconds (hence it is like one continuous erruption). It’s a pretty amazing site. I had the privilege of watching the sun go down behind it. Although that means 90 percent of my pictures are marred by lens flares..
I expected denser forests. But actually, a lot of the trees I saw were really small/young and many are either dead or even knocked over because of forest fires and because sometimes the hot water from the ground boils the tree roots and kills the trees.
Obligatory Sunset Picture.
My sister always wonders how many pictures of sunsets are taken per day.
she does have a point.
Salt Lake Temple at Salt Lake City, Utah
Amazing colorful landscapes at Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone isn’t your average camping experience. It’s not like Yosemite where you really are there to just go hiking and see waterfalls and mountains and hike half dome, sit around a campfire and make smores, and star gaze. So my trip to Yellowstone wasn’t what I expected. But WOW there are some amazing sites there. Boiling lakes of water. Boiling mud. steam that is just coming out of a hole in the ground. EVEN steaming waterfalls. Waterfalls with steam coming out of them, would you believe it? (okay they were small waterfalls but still.)
And my favorite part was seeing all of the unnaturally colored terrain that was, in fact, natural. And all I could think in my mind was “microorganisms, microorganisms, microorganisms, thermophiles, archaea, chemical reactions” Lol. But I was just so amazed. Like I knew that thermophiles lived in hot springs, but I had no idea that when the text book said they could be different colors, they meant DIFFERENT colors. apparently they have different photosynthetic pigments. And you know I always thought that generally microorganisms couldn’t be seen by the naked eye. But you can definitely see them…their communities at least. And also there are displays that tell you about the chemical reactions that occur between different elements creating different colors/textures. And the last 2 pictures on the bottom. I was just like…what is this huge petri dish doing here?
Sorry for the repost if you follow my personal blog. Just trying to keep my pictures all in one place.