Of the iconic images of Yellowstone, the predictable eruptions of the Old Faithful geyser is certainly amongst the top. Interestingly, it is neither the largest, nor the highest erupting geyser in the geothermal wonderland that is Yellowstone. But due to its punctual nature, it never leaves a single visitor disappointed.
There are innumerable hot springs and pools. The cooler ones have thermophilic bacterial growths either within or in their vicinities; the hotter ones usually appear bluer due to the lack of bacteria.
The Castle, is one of the more eccentrically shaped geysers, it splutters constantly, and issues huge clouds of steam, the smell of sulphur was particularly strong.
The most impressive of all the hydrothermal features within Yellowstone, for me at least, is the appropriately named Grand Prismatic Spring.
We climbed up hills off the beaten path in order to take in the Spring in its entirety, and we were not disappointed!
A closer inspection of the GPS at eye level reveals the incredible details that gave the Spring its characteristics. The intricately woven bacterial mats of varying colours, grow depending on their distance from the centre of the spring, giving it the prismatic look. The texture of these mats are unlike anything I had ever seen before!
The view is so breath-taking, local critters had to move fast to snatch up the valuable real estates…