Day 58! Yellowstone National Park (Part 2)

Old Faithfull

Old Faithful

Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring

Excelsior Geyser Crater

Excelsior Geyser Crater

Not a sight you see every day!

Not a sight you see every day!

Wonder where he's going!

Wonder where he’s going!

Elk with six points on each antler with his harem!

A buck Elk with six points on each antler with his harem!

The Fishing Hole!

The Fishing Hole!

Today the main focus of our visit to YNP was to see ‘Old Faithful’ which is a cone geyser. It is called the most predictable geographical feature on Earth erupting almost every 91 minutes and each eruption can last from 1.5 to 5 minutes. The average height of an eruption is 145 feet (44 metres) with the highest recorded eruption being 185 feet (56 metres).  It is the most viewed geyser in the Park and each time Old Faithful erupts there are hundreds of people there to record the event.

We also went to have a look at Grand Prismatic Spring. It is the largest hot spring in the United States and the third largest in the world The lake is known for its turquoise colour and so our ‘resident photographer’ was rather disappointed not to be able to see it due to the rising steam.

The vivid colors in the spring are the result of pigmented bacteria in the microbial mats that grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water

As you travel round the Park, Yellowstone has so many different faces, meadows, mountains, rivers, streams, lakes, canyons and rolling hills it’s no wonder that it was made the first National Park. It covers over two million acres!!

We were lucky today to see a Buffalo treading the highway and a big buck Elk with his harem, they decided to spend the afternoon sitting outside the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.

The last picture is of a small lake we pass when we drive down the mountain ….. we’ve christened it ‘the fishing hole’.

18 thoughts on “Day 58! Yellowstone National Park (Part 2)

  1. What a trip! What pictures! Competition nights will never be the same again! Enjoy, enjoy.
    Just great viewing. Thanks.

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  2. Now you’re really seeing the wildlife! Fantastic photos, love the elk and buffalo…and your fishing pond is so beautiful as well! Si must be loving all these photo ops he’s getting now! You’ll have to make a book!

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    • Yes, I can see a book coming on. I’ve lost count of how many photos we have but they do run into thousands. Not all of them are good of course so they will need a lot of sorting when we return.x

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  3. I hope you get a chance to drive Beartooth Pass from Cooke City Mt to Red Lodge. We drove this back in June. it is one of the top scenic drives in the US. Ilove reading your post and seeing your photos.

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  4. The scenary is indescribeable, but what draws my attention are the animals. I want that Elk…and not hanging on a wall either. He is handsome guy and obviously studly 😉

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