Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring

Who was the first human of modern civilization to see the earth smoking, roiling pots of mud, boiling turquoise and sapphire pools surrounded by orange veins, and geysers throwing water up into the air from beneath its surface?

Did he or she think they hadn’t made it through the night and ended up with fallen angels below?

That’s all I could think about today as we walked on decking around these marvels.

The stench of sulphur filled my nostrils and the steam was so thick at times that I couldn’t get good pictures. It amazed me – and I had prior knowledge of their existence.

It seemed a bit like witnessing the primordial ooze and perhaps the first moment of life.

Our planet is a wondrous curiosity and never more so than standing over holes belching puffs of smoke and clouds of steam.

But the Grand Prismatic Spring was a giant pool of unsurpassed beauty with its great blue eye surrounded by orange and yellow rims and veins while steam rose from it like a hot tub.

And who can say when Old Faithful will stop slinging water in a great plume high into the air – nature’s own water show? Its predictability for now, is another wonder to me, but we got a pre-show as twin geysers to Old Faithful’s left blew first, as though announcing the coming attraction.

If you can get here, and haven’t – what are you waiting for?

Should be the first 'sign' that you are witnessing something unusual!

Should be the first ‘sign’ that you are witnessing something unusual!

Celestine Pool

Celestine Pool

Firehole Lake

Firehole Lake

Beryl Spring

Beryl Spring

The Opal Spring

The Opal Spring

Old Faithful's Opening Act - the warm-up geyser off to her left letting off steam!

Old Faithful’s Opening Act – the warm-up geyser off to her left letting off steam!

The Best Show in Town - Old Faithful!

The Best Show in Town – Old Faithful!

Fountain Paint Pots

Fountain Paint Pots

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