Flowing through Yellowstone for Ailsa’s Travel Theme.


Ailsa’s new travel theme is “Flow”, and I decided to revisit our road trip to Yellowstone National Park, where in May 2010, I witnessed some amazing examples of flow. There were beautiful flowing rivers surrounded by mountains covered in fir trees,

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and picturesque cascading waterfalls.

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Here is one of the amazing sulphur mounds which have been formed over time by the eruption and flow of hot spring water.

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Liberty Cap is a hot spring cone, 37 feet high, which marks the northern portion of Mammoth Hot Springs. It was so  named, because of its uncanny resemblance to the peaked caps worn during the French Revolution. Its unusual formation was created by a hot spring whose massive internal pressure caused it to flow continuously for hundreds of years, allowing mineral deposits to build up to this great height.

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Icicles had formed from the run-off around the rims of this steaming hot geyser, whilst just a few feet below, the water was 200F.

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On a warmer day, ‘Turquoise Pool’ in the Midway Geyser Basin, may look quite inviting for a swim, but as it has a temperature of between 142 and 160 °F ,  it’s not advisable.

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When we eventually reached Old Faithful, America’s most famous geyser we went to the viewing point to await the promised spectacular flow of steam, which  can shoot from 3,700 to 8,400 US gallons of boiling water into the air. It erupts roughly every 90 minutes, and the steam rises from 106-185 feet, and can last anything from 1-5 minutes.

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We really experienced many amazing examples of ‘flow’ on our trip. If you would like to see what other bloggers have posted for this theme, just click here to go to Ailsa’s post.

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66 comments on “Flowing through Yellowstone for Ailsa’s Travel Theme.

  1. These are amazing, ad. Just when I say wow, i scroll and I say oh wow, then wowie wow wow! Fabulous flows. 😉

  2. Oh this brings back memories. Every summer during my youth we went to Yellowstone. Such a wonderful place. You should see it in early August–the wildflowers were as tall as me

  3. It looks sooo cold AD and that was May I believe . I read that Yellowstone has a very short summer 😦

  4. They are unbelievable shots!! Wow!!! 🙂
    That sulphur mound is just gorgeous. You have the best shots ever!! Have a great day. Hugs Paula xxxx

  5. I’ve never seen a geyser or hot spring, fascinating, I wonder why there is such a concentration in Yellowstone. But what amazes me even more in wilderness is that there are places where no one has ever stepped – I know, I’m crazy!

    • Yellowstone is a super-volcano, although it hasn’t erupted for 640,000 years. Who knows when it might do so again? I thought we’d better visit it before it does. 🙂

  6. Oh Sylvia, your body language in that next to last shot really tells how cold you felt. If it’s any consolation, I couldn’t get into two spots I had planned to visit during my last trip because of snow… near the end of May!!! 😀

  7. This past week, a friend from my childhood came to see me. We have known each other for a half a century. As we were reminiscing, we spoke about the healing power of water and the flow of life. How the years come gently with everyday of living. Your post is the essence of our journey.

    “The cure for anything is salt water – tears, sweat, or the sea.”
    ― Isak Dinesen, Seven Gothic Tales

      • I’m trying to get my friend to blog. She is a music therapist – helps young children who are very ill. There is a great deal of love in music. Hugs, my dear friend. You made my day…

      • I’m sure she would have so much of great value to share. I hope she finds the time and the inclination to blog about her vocation. I would find it so interesting to follow her.

    • Thanks, Hopestar. Yes, it was -8ºC. Not the weather for standing around outside in, but what could I do, I had to see everything? Warm hugs to you. 🙂

  8. Just lovely flowing photo’s AD. Looks beautiful there. Thanks for sharing. 😀 *hugs*

  9. That is great geological place to visit. The geyser erupts roughly about once every 90 minutes. That is quite long to wait and see. It looks like you saw one in the last picture. That must be amazing. Thank you for sharing.

    • We went there on two days. The first day it was snowing a blizzard and the steam shot even higher, but the photo isn’t as good as this one. We didn’t have to wait around too long, as we timed it quite well. It was freeeezing cold. 😯

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