Greetings Gulperi, Thanks so much for visiting. The ghost trees are formed by the steam from the hot pools and geysers freezing on the needles. The trees are amazing and beautiful.
Rich, I've really enjoyed your Yellowstone series so far. This one is one of my favorites!
Greetings Dann, The frost that built up on the trees from the steam coming off pools and geysers was beautiful. They say the weight of the frost and ice will snap trees. I believe it.
Really nice to view! If the trees do actually resist against the heavy ice load then they have luck. Last year was an equal condition (rain was changing to snow and then frozen) at my home and a lot of trees lost here pinnacle.
Greetings HS, Thanks for visiting and commenting. It is sad to hear about the damaged trees. These trees get covered every winter from the steam pouring from the geysers and pools. The ice and frost is very thick and very unique. They called them ghost trees. Standing in their presence makes you feel you are in some prehistoric place.
I guess if you stood there too long you'd be a "ghost person?". :) Great shot Rich. This is nicely composed and the color is deep. Love this "Yellowstone in Winter" series of yours. Tom
Greetings Tom, I believe that could happen easily. My mustache froze up pretty quickly when we got out of the snow coach, so it was certainly cold enough! Yellowstone is just unbelievable. I had to see it first hand to understand how awesome that place is in winter.
Oh, I can believe it too Rich. There's a lot of moisture escaping the earth there. With temps in the park frequently below zero, that has to result in a tremendous amount of ice!
Greetings Dann, Yes, the cold temperatures pack everything in the path of the steam with ice. These beautiful trees are everywhere there is a steam plume. I loved it all.
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