Norris Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley

8/1/19 – Thursday

This was another area that John and I had missed, largely due to crowds and no reasonable parking. This time, because again we left around 8 (more like 8:30 am) it was possible.

Norris Geyser Basin

This area is mostly full of fumeroles, where steam is venting all the time. It’s an area of high heat and low water because these steam vents are usually found on hillsides and above the basin’s water supply.

Porcelain Basin (milky color of mineral deposited here – Siliceous sinter- led to the name. It’s brought to the surface by hot water, forming a sheet over the flat surface.

Porcelain Spring
John looking out at Porcelain Spring
Porcelain Spring
Porcelain Spring and Fumeroles
Joe and Lily at Porcelain Spring
Emerald Spring
Steamboat Geyser

Mammoth Hot Springs

The hot springs here are reshaping the mountain. As the hot water rises it goes through limestone, dissolving it only to deposit the stone as it flows above ground. Over time the water shifts where it flows, leaving chalky white terraces where before, when the water flowed, the terraces had the golden colors the bacteria would bring. As you approach the area keep your eyes peeled for Canary Terraces which I believe don’t have a boardwalk alongside. We missed them. We did manage to find a parking spot near the restrooms to get that badly needed break. Then we were able to explore the Palette Spring.

Palette Spring
Palette Spring
Palette Spring
Joe at Palette Spring
Limestone area that used to have a hot spring flowing over it.
Overlook, where the Palette Spring begins
Mule deer trying to get something to eat amidst all the tourist hubub.
The same Mule deer trying to get something to eat

Logistically it made sense to continue on to the Lamar Valley, where the pronghorn antelope, wolves and bison hang out. We only managed to see one antelope, but didn’t get a photo, then a herd in the distance of bison.

Grandkids enjoying the creek where we had our picnic before we left Lamar Valley
Another picture of Lily and Gabe at the creek.
Views along Dunraven Pass, the rout we traveled from Lamar Valley to West Yellowstone
Dunraven Pass
Dunraven Pass
Dunraven Pass
Mama elk with her 3 foals. Notice the rain drops in the river.

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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2 Responses to Norris Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley

  1. Janet Anderson says:

    Love all your pictures.

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