10-06-2012 8:30 PM
Well it's now Saturday and noone has started the new thread so I figured I might as well. It's cold here, down in the 40's right now and supposed to get down into the 30's tonight. I'm so not ready for winter.
10-06-2012 8:46 PM
10-07-2012 7:34 PM
A few pictures from Yellowstone ... the scenery there is amazing. If you haven't been or haven't been in several years, you need to go. There's a reason that it's our largest and most famous national park.
Creek to Upper Geyser Basin
Morning Glory Pool
Old Faithful Geyser
Old Faithful Geyser (from Observation Point)
Blue Mud Steam Vent (the mud in the middle is boiling)
10-08-2012 4:08 AM
Amazing pics SJ. Would love to get a chance to go the Yellowstone.
10-08-2012 6:49 AM
When my kids is all graduated, and the house is paid for, and...
Looks like a great trip.
10-08-2012 6:53 AM
Yellowstone is beautiful Somejoe and it's just down the road from me. Thinking we'll head down there next summer again.
10-09-2012 12:10 PM
Nice photos, SomeJoe!
10-09-2012 10:07 PM - edited 10-09-2012 10:40 PM
Great images S.J. Nice sharp with really good color. Oh me.....hearing your story and seeing your photos brought so many memories of our days on the road. I think most of you know that my wife and I lived in our motorhome and traveled the U.S. & Canada for 16 years. I remember standing around Old Faithful....with the crowd waiting for it to go off. People would be saying to each other "it's not going to go off." or "I think we missed it". But, of course....it did go up in a magnificent display. There are geysers there that are larger and shoot higher in the air than Old Faithful....but most of them erupt much less often and are irregular so they never know when they are going to pop off.
Anyway....S.J......your pictures gave me the old itch again. Gosh I'd like to go back and visit some of the spots we enjoyed so much years ago. AND....of course now I have my newer, digital cameras and sharper lenses.
Thanks much for posting them. If you are of a mind to do so I'd like to see more.....perhaps some you shot in Craters of the Moon.
P.S. Date 1967 - Craters of the Moon in Idaho. We camped here. Kids were young and these were our tent camping days and also using the back of the station wagon.
This is a scan of a 35mm Ektachrome. Unfortunately stored, over many years, in horrendous conditions of extreme heat and cold plus high humidity. Film transparencies really take a beating and deteriorate severely under those conditions. By the way, I broke my right ankle hiking in this park. Yep....THAT rugged. Yes...this is color film. But Craters of the Moon is all volcanic debris and is really almost colorless except for the women hikers with bright colored clothing. There is almost no vegetation there. These are NOT volcanos. Rather they are called cinder cones. Many eruptions here over millions of years but not the super violent kind that builds mountains.
10-10-2012 7:17 AM
10-10-2012 7:48 AM
10-10-2012 8:14 AM - edited 10-10-2012 8:15 AM
SJ - your Morning Glory Pool picture is one of the best that I've seen. I looked for comparable ones on Flickr, to use as my desktop background and yours was as good as any and better than 90% of them. The one here was too small. I finally found a Flickr one the right size (that wasn't use restricted) but it was not nearly as good as yours.
The first Old Faithful photo contains more than just Ol' Old Faithful ... I see what looks like three other Geyser's steaming behind it The NSPS website has a reference photo (and webcams):
10-10-2012 7:34 PM
Here's some shots from Craters of the Moon:
Broken Top Trail Lava Flow
Broken Top Trail Lichen (living plant, similar to algae or fungus, growing on the lava)
Broken Top Trail Odd Vegitation (completely white/tan plants)
Inferno Cone Lava Sink Field
Inferno Cone Overlook
Lava Close Up
North Crater Lava Field Overlook
Tree on Devil's Orchard Trail (older part of lava field, has some vegitation)
10-10-2012 7:55 PM
Download this for the Morning Glory Pool wallpaper. There's two uncompressed TIFFs in that .zip file, one for 16:10 monitors, sized at 1920x1200, and one for 16:9 monitors, sized at 1920x1080.
Morning Glory Pool used to have a deep, midnight blue center and went all the way to bright red algae/bacteria at the edge. Over the years, as people have thrown coins and rocks in it, they've clogged some of the water passages at the bottom of the pool, so the water no longer gets as hot as it used to. This caused the center of the pool to go to a green rather than the deep midnight blue. Also, the copper and zinc from the coins changed the water chemistry, and the red algae/bacteria no longer grows on the edge of the pool, only the orange algae does now.
It's so sad, we can't see it as it used to be.