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,
and picturesque cascading waterfalls.
Here is one of the amazing sulphur mounds which have been formed over time by the eruption and flow of hot spring water.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wonderful response to the theme! I have been there in the spring, summer, and fall, but never in the winter! Beautiful!
Happy memories evoked here. Thanks Sylvia!
You’re welcome, LuAnn.. Glad you enjoyed.
We returned to Yellowstone last year. It is never enough!! Great post~
Lucky you. It’s a marvelous place what ever the time of year. 🙂
These are amazing, ad. Just when I say wow, i scroll and I say oh wow, then wowie wow wow! Fabulous flows. 😉
Magnificent capture @AD 😀
Thanks so much, DellaAnna. 🙂
Absolutely amazing flow pictures 🙂
Thank you, Anne. Glad you enjoyed my take on the challenge. 🙂
Great natural examples of flow, Sylvia. Your timing was perfect.
Thanks so much, Lynne. 🙂
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
Yes, I do need to go back in summer. Maybe when we’re living in the USA full time instead of only half the time. 🙂
It looks sooo cold AD and that was May I believe . I read that Yellowstone has a very short summer 😦
Yes it was absolutely freezing. Not my idea of Spring at all. 😦
They are unbelievable shots!! Wow!!! 🙂
That sulphur mound is just gorgeous. You have the best shots ever!! Have a great day. Hugs Paula xxxx
Thanks, Paula. Glad you enjoyed the pics. 🙂 Hugs to you too. xx
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. 🙂
what a great adventure…thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much, Heather. You’re welcome and I’m glad you enjoyed my pics. 🙂
Incredible pics! I love the sulphur mounds and have never seen anything like that before – wow! 😀
Thanks, Dianne. 🙂
Those waterfalls are amazing
I have to agree with you, Dallas. What a wonderful place to tour around. I’d like to go back in warmer weather. 🙂
Beauty beyond words….
Yes, I agree with you. We saw amazing sights on this trip. 🙂
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!!! 😀
I recollect that my teeth were chattering. It was absolutely freezing, 😦
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
How lovely to meet up with a childhood friend. I would love to do that,
I believe Dinesen was right about that cure, Rebecca. 🙂
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.
Amazing scenes! Looks great Sylvia!
Thanks, Phil. 🙂
Those are interesting pics, ad. You look a little cold there.
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. 🙂
Wow, that looks amazing!
Thanks so much. It was. I’ve tried downloading your posts, but my internet must be too slow. I can’t get your photos to appear. 😦
Fantastic, Ad! Wouldn’t I just love Yellowstone! The sulphur mound is an awesome sight. 🙂
Thanks so much, Jo. Yes, I’m sure you’d enjoy a visit there. 🙂
The flow of that sulphur mound is amazing – terrific entries Sylvia. 🙂
Thanks so much, Meredith. 🙂
I love the icicles over the geyser picture! How unusual is that? Great choices for “flow”, Sylvia. 🙂
Thanks so much, Marsha. 🙂
Is that you standing there in denims..??? what did you run out of shorts and tee shirts..???
I’m not that crazy to stand around in shorts and T-shirt in -8º C. 😕
What temp was it that day on top of a mountain surrounded by snow..???
Probably about 10º. I was dressed like that because we’d just come from the Death Valley area in the Mojave desert. It was midsummer at the beginning of July.
Ok then I’ll understand your dressing for Yellowstone…
OH, what amazing photos. Nature is beautiful! I hope to visit this place in the future.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks, Francine. Yes, it is an amazing place. You have to go there. 🙂
Just lovely flowing photo’s AD. Looks beautiful there. Thanks for sharing. 😀 *hugs*
Thanks so much, Sonel. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂 xx
Beautiful photos Sylvia. Looks like spring was a little reluctant in coming. 🙂
Thanks, Ron. Yes, we were a little amazed at how very cold it was in May. 🙂
Wow, those sulfpur mounds are amazing. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
You’re welcome, lance. Glad you enjoyed the pics. 🙂
I like the way you captured flow beyond water. Well done! Love the sulfur mound!!!
Thanks so much, Frank. 🙂
A place well worth visiting AD 🙂
Mom and myself spoke about Old Faithful just this past weekend!!
Definitely. It could be a very interesting topic of conversation. Were you and your Mom planning a visit before it all blows? 😕
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. 😯