Sunday, August 29, 2010

Norris Geyser Basin

A roadside beauty--I think it's Western Monkshood. If I'm wrong, it's probably some variety of larkspur. Either way, toxic beauty has always been the most appealing kind to me.

Afternoon downpours cut short our travels yesterday, but I did get to visit several places I hadn't stopped at previously. After brief stops at Obsidian Cliff and Roaring Mountain, we headed to Norris Geyser Basin. This is the pre-arrival view, but a photo can't begin to capture the actual sight. Clicking to make it larger helps a bit though as with most of these photos.

A variety of scenes near and far followed.

Steamboat Geyser is the world's tallest active geyser, but its eruptions are completely unpredictable. The last major eruption was five years ago, so we didn't wait.

Natural pattern at the edge of Cistern Spring.

The bigger picture.

Porkchop Geyser exploded in 1989, flinging boulders up to 200 feet.

This is Vixen Geyser.

This is not.

Don't recall the name of this beauty.

Nice spot for a picnic.

There are some fabulous underwater colors caused by bacteria and minerals.

We stopped for lunch at Virginia Cascade.

Clark's Nutcrackers were dashing through the air and rarely landing for more a moment so when I had the chance at this shot I didn't waste time focusing. Earlier in the day, we'd seen a weasel and a couple chipmunks which were all too quick for the cameras.

Of the four of us on this trip, three of us are essentially homeless--we ate outside at a chilly windy picnic table discussing our mid-October options while the one person with a house to return to ate inside the vehicle. No doubt these sort of choices produce obvious results.

After lunch, we made a quick stop at Mud Volcano before the downpour hit and we headed back to the home we temporarily share.


Woodswalker said...

Wow! That is SOME geography! With lots of fascinating flora and fauna. (Yes, that must b a monkshood.) How grand for you to have spent the summer in such an amazing place.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora GT,
Beautiful. Amazing to think of the power of what lies simmering below the surface, and the awesome force that will one day emerge. Much to the peril of man.

greentangle said...

Yes, this was one of my favorites locations here, and I've heard others say the same.

The mountains and the bears do their best to keep us in our place, but the action going on underground will really remind us when the time comes. Well, at least those far enough away to have time to think about it for awhile.