Yellowstone National Park: Fun With Geysers

9/9/16 (Friday) in West Yellowstone, MT ( Yellowstone Holiday RV Campground – $42/night, N side)

We followed the lower circle of the Grand Circle, partly to check out the best road to take to Cody on our next travel day. The conclusion is the upper half is shorter, with better roads, thus the best choice. It’s downside is there are more wildlife viewing congestion moments, but we’ll take that.

This place is HUGE, so it requires hours of driving. Ah, but it’s beauty and unique features are worth it. Here are what we saw:

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Fly Fisherman

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Old Faithful

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Trish near Old Faithful

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Old Faithful Visitor Center

Lots of Geysers:

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Geyser Landscape

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Geyser Landscape

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Geyser Landscape

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Geyser Landscape

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Blue Star Spring

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Castle Geyser

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Dragon’s Mouth Spring

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Giant Geyser

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Grotto Geyser

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Morning Glory Spring

On our way to our next stop, we spotted some Trumpeter Swans

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Trumpeter Swans

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Trumpeter Swans in River

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Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Falls in pm

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Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Falls in pm

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Artist’s Point in am

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Artist’s Point in am

I’ve included photos of the Falls that I took both in the late afternoon of this day and the morning of the next. We headed for Miss Journey after our visit to Artist’s Point. Unfortunately, this was also a great time for animals to come out for dinner, so our path was obstructed by heavy traffic congestion due to people stopping in/by the road for photo ops. John, good rule follower that he is, wouldn’t stop in the road and there weren’t any available pull over sites for us, so we didn’t get any pictures. It took until 6:30 to get home, almost 2 hours from when we left Artist’s Point. Boy were we tired!

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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