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Folly Beach, South Carolina

Friday, August 27, 2010

West Thumb (Yellowstone)

Here's another Scenic Sunday post from Yellowstone, which has several different areas which contain geysers and hot springs. One of them is right next to lake Yellowstone, and it's called West Thumb. The thermal activity can be seen long before the area is reached.
One you get there a series of boardwalks will lead you safely through the various attractions. Mostly this consists of steam and hot pools, as the geysers here don't go off very often. But it's very much worth seeing for these amazing springs, like Bluebell Pool, shown here. You can see our shadows in this shot, as well as the shadow of the boardwalk.
Next is a photograph of Lake Yellowstone.
The Abyss Pool looked just like you'd expect, as if it was bottomless.
The steam was thick in places, and there was definitely that famous sulfur smell to it.
Finally, here is a photo of Blue Funnel Spring.
While it may not have the spectacular geysers of some of the other basins, don't make the mistake of missing West Thumb if you're ever in Yellowstone.
Scenic Sunday

18 comments:

  1. Stunning, gorgeous captures of one of my favorite places! The colors of the pools are incredible! Yellowstone is incredible! And you got such terrific shots! Definitely took my breath away this evening, Al! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sylvia

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  2. Fabulous collection of photos, the colours and light make for interesting viewing, thanks for sharing with SWF, it is someplace we all might like to see one day but always good to see how another blogger framed it up on the day

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  3. All that steam is just amazing. So are the very, very, very deep pools — which I find quite nerve-wracking.

    What can I say — I'm chicken.

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  4. Your posts on Yellowstone are wonderful! It's an eerie but beautiful area. We visited one winter which is a fabulous experience. Love the colors in your Sky Watch photo, too. I hope your weekend is going very well!

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  5. Those pools look very inviting, if I didn't know better. Excellent captures of the color and depth.

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  6. Ciao Al,
    le tue foto invitano a visitare questo posto per qunto sono belle.
    Immagini fantastiche anche nei colori !
    Buona giornata :)

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  7. I love this collection of photos! The color of the water is so clear and blue! I wouldn't want to miss this if I'm ever in Yellowstone :D

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  8. Hi Al..
    thanks for stopping by my place earlier and viewing the each photos..
    I love Colorado..but not the cold , icy frigid days of winter as I'm NOT a skier or snow buff..those are the times I choose to head back to home in Florida to rejuvenate my body and soul.
    Stop by anytime..'I really enjoyed all your photos and plan to return
    frequently!
    warm sandy hugs..
    Loui♥

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  9. Great photos of, what must have been, a very special adventure!

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  10. no wonder Americans who come to New Zealand say Rotorua is like Yellow stone.

    Great photos

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  11. Wow! great shots...wish I could watch these views personally...You're an excellent photographer...

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  12. I love the color of those sulfur pots, but, not the smell...ugh! These are beautiful shots of this stunning national park. I really want to return again, soon!

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  13. Lake Yellowstone, the abyss pool and the boardwalk below are all great photos. i hope to make it there one day. hope you've had a great weekend.

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  14. Nice place to be. Very beautiful. Really love your photography.

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  15. What an exciting place. Marvellous! Thanks for sharing this :)

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  16. Hi Al, I am so glass I saw this post! The place is so gorgeous! I am looking forward to our trip in Oct, West Yellowstone.

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  17. Lucky! I have always wanted to go there. At least I can admire your photographs.

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