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Where’s Yogi?

Hoping to see Old Faithful and Yogi Bear when visiting Yellowstone National Park, I found Old Faithful but was disappointed not to find the Bear. But better still, and to my utter delight I discovered these Vivid pools:

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These astonishing colours have an astonishing explanation: heat and bacteria. if you want to know the science click here.

If you want to see more pretty colours in the WordPress Photo Challenge, click here!

So where’s Yogi? Have you seen him?

Photo Challenge: Warmth

Back to Yellowstone National Park for the photo challenge of warmth this week:

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Taken just along the boardwalk from last week’s challenge of Yellow steam releases built up water pressure in the thermal basins. It may look inviting but is super-heated above boiling point by underground molten rock.

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Smile for the camera and stay on the boardwalk. Don’t step back!

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The Most Wondrous Place on Earth, Part 2

Geysers, dazzling colors, wildlife – the wonder of Yellowstone National Park:

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Ranger Jim explaining the results of Old Faithful's colonoscopy. The blockage above his thumb is where the pressure builds up before each eruption.
Ranger Jim explaining the results of Old Faithful’s colonoscopy. The blockage above his thumb is where the pressure builds up before each eruption.

Lion Geyser
Lion Geyser

The Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone is a feast of colors:

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Bison in a steam bath.
Bison in a steam bath.
The link at the top of the page is not to the National Park Service as I would prefer. The NPS websites are not operating during the government shutdown.

The Most Wondrous Place on Earth, Part 1

Disney may claim their Magic Kingdom is “the happiest place on earth” and that may be true for a child but the most wonderful place I have encountered, so far, is Yellowstone National Park. There is so much more to be in awe of than Old Faithful and Yogi Bear.

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Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
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Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

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Mammoth Hot Springs, Upper Terrace, Yellowstone National Park
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Mammoth Hot Springs, Upper Terrace, Yellowstone National Park
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Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
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Mammoth Hot Springs, Lower Terrace, Yellowstone National Park
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Mammoth Hot Springs, Lower Terrace, Yellowstone National Park
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Mammoth Hot Springs, Lower Terrace, Yellowstone National Park
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Mammoth Hot Springs, Lower Terrace, Yellowstone National Park
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“Are you looking at me? I’ve got my eye on you!” He was a big guy, probably at the upper weight range of 2,200 pounds, so this photo of a bison was taken from across the road, within two seconds of the truck!

More to come: geysers, dazzling colors and improbable landscapes!

Disappointingly, the link at the top of the page is not to the National Park Service as I would prefer. The NPS websites are not operating during the government shutdown. We were lucky to visit when we did as the National Parks are closed as well.

Much more devastating are the many government employees on furlough without pay through no fault of their own while the so-called “decision makers” called politicians cannot make a decision. Is this what we pay them to do?