August 2, 2006

Hot water.

A view into the depths of West Thumb -- Yellowstone:

West Thumb hot spring

The long view:

Cloudscape

Do you see the horrific danger?

23 comments:

Gooogle said...
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JohnF said...

Great photos, but I disagree with the comments of the first guy above.

Meade said...

I agree with the second guy above -- great photos!

Ann Althouse said...

John: Sorry I had to delete that first post because your comment made me laugh. For the rest of you, it was about 10 spam links.

tiggeril said...

I need to get back into photography. Great shots!

SippicanCottage said...
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Telecomedian said...

jpdThanks for the travelogue. I'm really missing the West right about now...especially with 101 degree weather and 90% humidity.

Walking outside in DC right now is like jumping into a hot tub with your clothes on. Have you ever had a wall of hot air hit you so hard you feel like you're in slow motion?

Tibore said...

"...For the rest of you, it was about 10 spam links."

Like this? ;)

WWW.SPAM.COM

http://media.hormel.com/templates/knowledge/knowledge.asp?catitemid=14&id=94

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPAM

Okay, that's only 3, but still... I didn't wanna push my luck. By the way, is anyone else oddly hungry for some shoulder pork and ham right now?

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Looking at that first picture, that is one hell of a dropoff. Does anyone actually go around swimming, or crazier yet, diving there?

Also, did anyone see that Discovery Channel Yellowstone Supervolcano" show? I only caught part of it, and all I took away was that Yellowstone had the potential to really erupt big. And I mean big. (*shudders*)


Word verif: vmfux. I blush at the casual vulgarity of the word verification generator.

Palladian said...

Can you swim in that? Probably not, but my first impulse when presented with pools of interesting water is to leap into them.

jeff said...

Can you say... nasty natural chemical baths?

Learning geology is a mixed bag - the subject is both facinating...and horrifying.

Palladian said...

Cadmium and Calderobacterium in a warm aqueous solution is good for smoothing and toning tired, chapped skin. And it's all natural!

Tibore said...

"...my first impulse when presented with pools of interesting water is to leap into them."

As I've said before, everything I've needed to know in life I've learned from cartoons. Palladian, beware: Pools of interesting water are there to trick you into jumping into the cooking pot.

But if you're fast enough, slip on the shower cap, take out the bath brush, and close the shower curtain. When the antagonist opens it, scream like a '50's movie starlet, then slap him. That'll stun him long enough for you to escape.

SteveR said...

Jeff:Learning geology is a mixed bag - the subject is both facinating...and horrifying.

Having an M.S. in Geology, I can say the same thing about the course work, really fascinating subject matter and a horrifying syllabus.

HD_Wanderer said...

Nice photos, I liked the bison you posted on... that other site. Every time I go through Yellowstone I end up watching tourists. They do some spectacularly stupid things, like trying to pose with wild animals for photos. Or worse yet, sending their kids to pose while they wait in the minivan. Enough of my blathering, keep up the photos, they're great!

knoxgirl said...

hm, my skin has been feeling "tired" lately...

*that first photo is crazy! I would have thought "Photoshop" immediately if I saw it in a magazine or somewhere

in_the_middle said...

great photos. but the link to the yellowstone site explaining the caldera was a dry chore to read.

Lars said...

Tibore, yes the Discovery Channel show was sobering. Am I remembering correctly? -- 3 Yellowstone super volcano eruptions have occurred in the past at an of every 600,000-700,000 years. It has been 640,000 years since the last one.

I'm moving to Argentina.

Icepick said...

Lars, you remember correctly. OTOH, when/if it goes 'BOOM' again it may pump enough crap into the upper atmosphere to plunge us back into another period of glaciation. Enjoy your Global Warming now, folks!

MadisonMan said...

How did you get the view from so high up?

Matt Brown said...

Great photos from Yellowstone. I've been there twice - both times on the fabled "long family trips" that everyone seems to go on at some point in their lives.

HD-Wanderer: When I was around 8 years old, my parents and I went to Gatlinburg and the Smokies. (We did this every year). We were having lunch (and so were many other people) at some spot up in the park. A very skinny bear came wandering through the picnic area, and of course many people took pictures. I was one of those people. I can't believe my parents let me do it, but I probably came to being within 10 feet from the bear - and I have the photo to prove it.

Dawn said...

My family took a snowmobile trip from W. Yellowstone to Old Faithful this past January - it was the highpoint of our yearly ski trip (Moonlight Basin, MT). Seeing those photos makes me miss the west I used to live in that much more!

Even though that water looks oh so inviting, it's actually over 300degrees F, so I don't think I have to tell you what would happen if you decided to take a dip in that pool.

Ann, did anyone tell you about the other name the Indian Paint Pot area has, and why?

Ann Althouse said...

Dawn: No. So... it's dirty???

Alcibiades said...

Those are great shots, Ann. What camera are you using?