Experience the Primordial Soup at Yellowstone National Park

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Walking through Yellowstone National Park, I feel as if I’m experiencing the Earth’s evolution first-hand. Along the trails I see pools of boiling, bubbling water, carving out fascinating shapes in the crust of the land. I see hot mud spewing into the air and landing in piles that will surely become a mountain for hikers to enjoy in thousands of years. I read about the bacteria and other thermophiles (heat loving microorganisms) that form ribbons of color alongside the hot springs, and I see new life forming.

I’ve traveled to a lot of places across America, but none as stunning and awe-inspiring as Yellowstone National Park. I’ve only scratched the surface of what this park has to offer, but here are some photos from our first day. These were all taken in the Fountain Paint Pot, Midway Geyser Basin, and Old Faithful areas of Yellowstone.

 

yellowstone madison river
Madison River

 

yellowstone spring
A baby hot spring popping up.
yellowstone mudpots
Mudpots at Fountain Paint Pot
yellowstone fountain geyser
Fountain Geyser
yellowstone buffalo
Buffalo next to Silex Spring
yellowstone Old Faithful
Old Faithful Geyser
yellowstone blue star spring
Blue Star Spring
yellowstone firehole river
Firehole River
yellowstone turquoise pool
Turquoise Pool
yellowstone prismatic spring
Grand Prismatic Spring
yellowstone geyser
Me and the kids loving the geysers!

 

Please enjoy more inspiring travel photos at Walking On Travels’ Friday Postcards.

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. What beautiful places you’ve captured in your photos. I can’t wait to go to Yellowstone with my kids! Hopefully next year.

  2. I would love to experience this myself some day. We were planning on visiting Yellowstone but had to cancel the trip when we moved overseas. All your shots really capture the experience, but the one with the buffalo is my absolute favorite. You are so fortunate that he wandered into the area while you were there.

  3. I’d love to take the kids to Yellowstone! We’ve covered the East coast from Canada o the Keys and the south west coast, but there’s a whole lot more to see!

  4. great post, I am (for now) an armchair traveller.. But Lord help anyone who tries to stop me from going when my family are grown. My lifetime dream is to see all 50 states of America and Buffalo or Bison are my favourite animals. Also I am a fellow NaBloPoMo2014 particpant.

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