We got up bright and early on our second day at Yellowstone, the forests were shrouded in mists as well as sulphurous steam.
We were perplexed by the mechanism by which, these strange lattices were formed, a ranger explained that, one theory is that, thermophilic bacteria populate the surface of a rock, then the hotspring brings and deposits minerals on top of the bacteria; after which, a new layer of bacteria colonises the surface of the newly formed deposits so on and so forth. In my opinion, no matter how these structures were formed, they look cool as a cucumber!
Later on in the afternoon, the road on which we were travelling were temporarily blocked, a nearby ranger told us that there was a herd of elks crossing the area, and warned us not to approach them. Armed with a telephoto lens, it wasn’t difficult to do as we were told, after all being gored by a stag in heat didn’t sound like much fun at all!