Fountain Paint Pots, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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Comments (16)

Marco Vanzo on February 4, 2008

beautiful composition, yes an other planet..

Palmina Moore on February 4, 2008

I agree with Mira. It could well be from another world. Beautiful photograph!


Wil en Ed on February 4, 2008

If there were no trees in the background it would be like walking on the moon! Fine shot!

Gr, Ed.

Richard Ryer on February 5, 2008

Greetings Ed, Palmina, Marco and Mira, The geyser basins really are like another world. There are bubbling mud pots, steaming pools, erupting geysers and sulfur smells. When the thermal features change the trees in the new area die off, or else those are pinchers from some alien creature ready to capture something!!! I really liked the heavy steam that flowed across everything. The thick layer of snow was beautiful. I loved it.



Axel J. Resto on February 6, 2008

Rich, I will have to agree with the guys. It seems from out of this world landscape. Beatifuly shot.

cheers, Axel

Richard Ryer on February 6, 2008

Greetings Axel, Thanks for visiting and the wonderful comment. There was blue sky and brilliant sunshine. The steam made for wonderful lighting affects and there was a very prehistoric feel there. I am glad you like it.



pic.point on February 8, 2008

That's a beautiful one, Rich. Alien indeed.

Cheers, Inessa

Richard Ryer on February 8, 2008

Greetings Inessa, Thanks for visiting. This was the last view as we exited the thermal area to get back on the trail. The steam and the sun were perfect. Glad you like it.



EVA_L on February 12, 2008

Dear Rich! Could you tell more in detail about Yellowstone National Park? Best wishes. Eva

Richard Ryer on February 12, 2008

Greetings Eva, Thanks for asking. I hope this is what you wanted. Here goes....Yellowstone was the first national park in the world, created in 1872. The old history is very interesting and can be reviewed at (

The park is one of, if not the largest, active volcano calderas in the world. The magma is very close to the surface, providing the heat for all the thermal features. If the volcano erupts on schedule and at the same intensity every time, then we are overdue for the next eruption and everything within 600 miles of Yellowstone will be wiped out, not to mention the effects it will have on the world for years to come. What a happy thought ;-))

The most amazing thing to happen in the park recently was the fire in 1988. We were in the park the day the fire storm blew through th Old Faithful area. We were in the Madison Junction area and the smoke and fire was amazing. 20 years later there are signs of the fires every where, but the new growth forest is thick and doing well.

The park re-introduced Canadian wolves into the park in 1995 and the result was amazing. The loss of the predators caused deer and elk populations to explode. The wolves have returned the populations to a balance and the park is now very healthy.

From the tourist side, the park shares the southern boundary with Grand Teton National Park, so the tourist gets two parks for one visit. You can easily spend two days just hitting all the high points in the car, or you can spend weeks going out for hikes and other activities. Then you head for Yellowstone a mere 40 miles away.

You can spend weeks in Yellowstone hiking and camping and fishing. If you tour just by car and do camera pull outs you can spend 4 days hurrying around. Of course the best times to shoot are morning and evening. That's when the wildlife is most active.

You will see bison, elf, deer, black and grizzly bears, wolves,cut throat trout, fox, coyotes, mountain lions, lynx, bob cats, ravens, jays, magpies, trumpeter swans, ducks, many other birds, butterflies and a zillion other insects. The wild life is fairly comfortable with the human presence so you can get tremendous photographs with a 100 mm lens, but with a tripod and 200 to 300 mm's you will be selling your shots in art galleries.

There are big rivers with huge falls, small rivers with beautiful cascades and little streams every where. There are many lakes and Yellowstone lake has a marina where you can rent boat.

There are big mountains and deep canyons and the roads take you past all of them. There are huge alpine meadows filled with grasses and wildflowers and grazing wildlife. The forests are either thick and tall (old) or short and thick and very green (new). The new forests after 1988 are the prettiest colors.

You can camp at hundreds of established car and back country campsite, but you should make reservations because of all the campers. There is lodging at Mammoth Hot Springs to the north, Old Faithful basin, And a couple of places on Yellowstone Lake. There is lodging just outside the park at all entrances. I love the Old Faithful Inn by the geyser. Make reservations a year in advance and stay in the old main section. You will have a feel for what it was like back in 1906.

Food and drink is everywhere, but if you want to eat at one of the lodges or hotels you need to make reservation months in advance.

The thermal features are accessed mostly by the roads which from a giant figure 8 with the north and south loops. There are places you can also hike into to visit. You can also make reservations to take a tour in one of the Yellowstone touring cars, antique restored stretch station wagons. They are fun.

The old stand by is Old Faithful Geyser which erupts about every 90 minutes and most everyone wants to see that. But there are geysers that erupt more often or have bigger displays. You can check with the rangers for what to see.

Anyways, I hope this is the kind of information you were looking for. The place gets millions of visitors every year so if you want to do something special or unique you may have to plan and schedule a year in advance. You can get all that information from the concessioner Xanterra by visiting their web site.

I like the winter time because you will see things the other 99.5% of the visitors will never see. In the summer you can have the place to yourself at sunrise, and a select few at sunset.

It is car friendly so if you just want to blaze through, you can get amazing pictures by parking and walking only a few steps. You may miss the essence of the park doing this, but you will have beautiful memories for years to come. If you can spend a few days and relax, you will find yourself coming back again and again.



EVA_L on February 13, 2008

Thank you so much, dear Rich, for this small excursion on fine Park! After the first and second rate of university I had a practice in reserve in Kaniv. But Yellowstone is great. Best wishes. Eva

Richard Ryer on February 13, 2008

Greetings Eva, You are welcome. I am glad the park is of interest to you. Maybe there is something you can study here in the hot pools to apply to potential problems with global warming on normal bodies of water and the bacterial inhabitants there. Wouldn't that be fun??



Heike Gutermuth on April 17, 2008

Wonderful pictures that show the beauty of our little planet! Fascinating!

Greetings from germany, Heike

Richard Ryer on April 17, 2008

Greetings Heike, Thanks for visiting and commenting. I am glad you like the photo of the paint pot area in winter. It was a wonderful trip for us. The winter is the best time to visit if you have the time.



ziafedora (Eva) on May 30, 2008

GREAT CAPTURE!! AN "ALIEN" PLACE.... Greetings from Italy Zia

Schmeukel on October 2, 2011

Wonderful composition, very nice winter-impression. I love that...LIKE and Favorit. Richard, you have a really great gallery. I've enjoyed your work. Hope you feel good...regards from Germany...Schmeukel..:-)

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