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Shapes and shadows in Yellowstone

Grand Prismatic Spring - people in the mist - © Christopher Martin-9020

The Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States.  The rings of color which the rock, microbes and water create are amazing and I had hoped to be able to photograph them when I visited in late May.  The weather had other plans and the cold, wet air created a heavy mist over the scalding hot water.  The wind blew in on gusts from the south creating waves of cloud.

Roads of microbes wind towards the blue pool of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park in May 2016.

Grand Prismatic Spring - people in the mist - © Christopher Martin-8805

Grand Prismatic Spring - people in the mist - © Christopher Martin-8853

Grand Prismatic Spring - people in the mist - © Christopher Martin-8793

Occasionally, the elements would conspire and rifts would open in the sheets of white lifting off of the spring’s surface.  I walked around the boardwalk twice, enthralled by the isolation created amid the fluid transitions blowing by.

Grand Prismatic Spring - people in the mist - © Christopher Martin-8784

Grand Prismatic Spring - people in the mist - © Christopher Martin-8815

Grand Prismatic Spring - people in the mist - © Christopher Martin-8908

Grand Prismatic Spring - people in the mist - © Christopher Martin-8903

Grand Prismatic Spring - people in the mist - © Christopher Martin-8957

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23 responses

  1. Such beautiful images, thanks for sharing! 🙂

    June 28, 2016 at 2:37 am

  2. These images are authentic and leaves so much to your imagination. Brilliantly captured.

    June 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm

  3. Wow! Stunning !

    June 23, 2016 at 8:22 am

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  5. Such a stunning image!

    June 23, 2016 at 2:29 am

  6. wow, very interesting!

    June 23, 2016 at 12:01 am

  7. Wonderful colors!

    June 22, 2016 at 8:03 pm

  8. puswadaya

    very beautiful please teach me take a photo of it

    June 22, 2016 at 7:45 pm

  9. Gorgeous work! The couple in the dust made me think it was an canvas. Love it

    June 22, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    • Thank you Wendy. That steam was really fun to work with. A primal energy swirling around silhouettes.

      June 23, 2016 at 8:40 am

  10. Magical, mystical shots!

    June 22, 2016 at 8:47 am

  11. Thanks, Chris. I’ll be back in Yellowstone again soon. I plan to take many photos with my ‘new and improved’ pocket camera. I’m limited by what I can carry- size and weight-wise, when backpacking… it’s long been a dilemma for me. Keep up the good work!

    June 22, 2016 at 8:00 am

  12. Outstanding! I always look forward to your wildlife pictures, but these Yellowstone images are among my favourites from your collection.

    June 22, 2016 at 7:29 am

  13. Kenny

    gorgeous pics and views

    June 22, 2016 at 5:55 am

  14. You are proving my theory that sometimes the best “feeling” photographs come along when we think the weather has conspired against us, but still we shoot. Thanks for sharing these images.

    June 22, 2016 at 5:53 am

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  17. Excellent article as always. Thank you

    June 21, 2016 at 11:43 pm

  18. These are really stunning photos Christopher. What a place.

    June 21, 2016 at 11:25 pm

  19. love it
    fantastische beelden uit Yellowstone

    June 21, 2016 at 10:59 pm

  20. Fantastic series of Yellowstone

    June 21, 2016 at 10:08 pm

  21. Thanks for taking me there–incredible view points!

    June 21, 2016 at 9:48 pm

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