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September 2005

Photo of Riverside Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

National Parks, Wyoming, Yellowstone

Road Trip: Day 3

Riverside Geyser is our favorite geyser in Yellowstone National Park. Riverside Geyser lies right at the edge of the Firehole River. It is a cone-type geyser with a tight, hose-like flow angling out over the river and reaching heights of 80′ or more. Low afternoon light often throws a spectacular rainbow across the river if the wind and the geyser mist cooperate. (Note: mild use of a polarizing filter helps bring out the rainbow, but full polarization is too much and will screw the effect badly.) Riverside Geyser is highly predictable, with an interval that is bimodally distributed at either 5.5 or 6.5 hours. It is easy to tell when Riverside Geyser is preparing to erupt. The main vent starts overflowing into the river an hour or two before eruption. The other, smaller vents will start bubbling and splashing, increasing as the eruption approaches. Just moments before it goes off, a family with just one day in Yellowstone and which has been waiting at Riverside Geyser in the hot sun for 3 hours leaves after 3-year-old Junior loses his patience, screams for a frozen yogurt and or a bathroom and goes into full meltdown as Mom and Dad drag him off. When that happens, you are golden. Just hang out a little longer … one of the vent splashes will finally “get” the eruption started. The water phase, which is amazingly scenic with the backdrop of woods and the river flowing beneath it, lasts 15-20 minutes, so there is plenty of time to shoot photos and video. Following the water phase, steam will continue to pour out of Riverside Geyser for quite a while, but it is considerably less interesting.

Absolutely fabulous.

Riverside Geyser at peak eruption, arcing over the Firehole River.  Riverside is a very predictable geyser.  Its eruptions last 30 minutes, reach heights of 75 feet and are usually spaced about 6 hours apart.  Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Riverside Geyser at peak eruption, arcing over the Firehole River. Riverside is a very predictable geyser. Its eruptions last 30 minutes, reach heights of 75 feet and are usually spaced about 6 hours apart. Upper Geyser Basin.
Image ID: 13366
Location: Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

More Riverside Geyser Photos.

Keywords: riverside geyser, yellowstone national park.

Photo of Daisy Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

National Parks, Wyoming, Yellowstone

Road Trip: Day 3

Daisy Geyser is one of the most accessible and impressive geysers in Yellowstone National Park. Daisy Geyser is in the Upper Geyser Basin and is reached by an easy paved foot and bike path from the Old Faithful Inn area. The park rangers include Daisy Geyser in their list of predicted geysers; it erupts with an interval of about 2-3 hours and lasts for about 4 minutes, reaching heights up to 75 feet (25m). This photo shows the geyser at peak eruption with its characteristic “tilt”. Viewers can be seen on the other side of the flats surrounding Daisy Geyser.

Daisy Geyser erupting with visitors visible in the distance..  Daisy Geyser, a cone-type geyser that shoots out of the ground diagonally, is predictable with intervals ranging from 120 to over 200 minutes.  It reaches heights of 75 feet, lasts 3 to 4 minutes and rarely erupts in concert with nearby Splendid Geyser.  Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Daisy Geyser erupting with visitors visible in the distance.. Daisy Geyser, a cone-type geyser that shoots out of the ground diagonally, is predictable with intervals ranging from 120 to over 200 minutes. It reaches heights of 75 feet, lasts 3 to 4 minutes and rarely erupts in concert with nearby Splendid Geyser. Upper Geyser Basin.
Image ID: 13381
Location: Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Keywords: daisy geyser, yellowstone national park.

Photo of Pink Cone Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

National Parks, Wyoming, Yellowstone

Road Trip: Day 3

Pink Cone Geyser lies along Firehole Lake Drive in the Lower Geyser Basin area of Yellowstone National Park, between White Dome Geyser and Firehole Lake, on the left as you drive along. Pink Cone Geyser is a small cone-type geyser whose eruptions, though widely spaced at about 9 hours to 1 day apart, last up to 2 hours. In other words, once it finally gets going it goes for a long time. Pink Cone Geyser can reach heights of 30′ (10m). Morning eruptions produce a nice rainbow in the mist of the geyser spray.

A rainbow appears in the spray of Pink Cone Geyser.  Pink Cone Geyser reaches 30 feet in height, and has highly variable interval and duration.  It is a cone-type geyser and its cone has a pinkish tint due to manganese oxide in it.  Firehole Lake Drive, Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Park, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

A rainbow appears in the spray of Pink Cone Geyser. Pink Cone Geyser reaches 30 feet in height, and has highly variable interval and duration. It is a cone-type geyser and its cone has a pinkish tint due to manganese oxide in it. Firehole Lake Drive, Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Park.
Image ID: 13549
Location: Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Keywords: pink cone geyser, yellowstone national park.

Photo of White Dome Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

National Parks, Wyoming, Yellowstone

Road Trip: Day 2

White Dome Geyser lies along Firehole Lake Drive in the Lower Geyser Basin area of Yellowstone National Park. White Dome Geyser is a cone-type geyser whose eruption, through a narrow opening of about 6 inches, reaches heights of 30′ (10m). It erupts relatively frequently — sometimes with intervals as short as 15 minutes — but unpredictably. White Dome Geyser has a large sinter cone, one of the largest in Yellowstone, a sign that it has been active as a spring or geyser for many years. If you visit White Dome Geyser in early morning (as I did) there is a good chance you will not only have the entire area to yourself, an uncommon and pleasant situation in such a popular National Park, but you may also be fortunate enough to observe a rainbow suspended in the spray of the geyser.

White Dome Geyser, with a faint rainbow visible in its mist, rises to a height of 30 feet or more, and typically erupts with an interval of 15 to 30 minutes.  It is located along Firehole Lake Drive, Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

White Dome Geyser, with a faint rainbow visible in its mist, rises to a height of 30 feet or more, and typically erupts with an interval of 15 to 30 minutes. It is located along Firehole Lake Drive.
Image ID: 13541
Location: Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Since it is so close to Firehole Lake Drive, many people happen upon White Dome Geyser just as it begins to erupt and view it from their cars. Others may see White Dome Geyser erupt while waiting at nearby Great Fountain Geyser.

Keywords: white dome geyser, yellowstone national park.

Photo of Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

National Parks, Wyoming, Yellowstone

Road Trip: Day 2

Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is an enormous and colorful example of thriving thermophilic bacteria. The temperature of the water in Grand Prismatic Spring cools as it moves outward from the spring’s center. Different species of thermophilic bacteria occupy different areas of the spring according to their temperature tolerances: blue water in the center is the hottest part of the spring while varying shades of temperature-specific algae species — from green to yellow and orange to deep red — illustrate how the water cools as it moves towards the edges of the spring.

Grand Prismatic Spring (left) and Excelsior Geyser (right).  Grand Prismatic Spring displays a stunning rainbow of colors created by species of thermophilac (heat-loving) bacteria that thrive in narrow temperature ranges.  The blue water in the center is too hot to support any bacterial life, while the outer orange rings are the coolest water.  Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest spring in the United States and the third-largest in the world.  Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Grand Prismatic Spring (left) and Excelsior Geyser (right). Grand Prismatic Spring displays a stunning rainbow of colors created by species of thermophilac (heat-loving) bacteria that thrive in narrow temperature ranges. The blue water in the center is too hot to support any bacterial life, while the outer orange rings are the coolest water. Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest spring in the United States and the third-largest in the world. Midway Geyser Basin.
Image ID: 13571
Location: Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Grand Prismatic Spring displays brilliant colors along its edges, created by species of thermophilac (heat-loving) bacteria that thrive in narrow temperature ranges.  The outer orange and red regions are the coolest water in the spring, where the overflow runs off.  Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Grand Prismatic Spring displays brilliant colors along its edges, created by species of thermophilac (heat-loving) bacteria that thrive in narrow temperature ranges. The outer orange and red regions are the coolest water in the spring, where the overflow runs off. Midway Geyser Basin.
Image ID: 13587
Location: Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Grand Prismatic Spring displays a stunning rainbow of colors created by species of thermophilac (heat-loving) bacteria that thrive in narrow temperature ranges.  The blue water in the center is too hot to support any bacterial life, while the outer orange rings are the coolest water.  Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest spring in the United States and the third-largest in the world.  Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Grand Prismatic Spring displays a stunning rainbow of colors created by species of thermophilac (heat-loving) bacteria that thrive in narrow temperature ranges. The blue water in the center is too hot to support any bacterial life, while the outer orange rings are the coolest water. Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest spring in the United States and the third-largest in the world. Midway Geyser Basin.
Image ID: 13586
Location: Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

NASA has a great image of Grand Prismatic Spring shot from space.

Keywords: grand prismatic spring, yellowstone national park, thermophilic bacteria, hot spring, geyser.

Photo of Lewis Falls, Yellowstone National Park

National Parks, Wyoming, Yellowstone

Road Trip: Day 2

Lewis Falls is between the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park and Grant Village, just before Lewis Lake. A short trail ends near the 30-foot falls, but to view the falls from the riverside one must leave the trail and hop down an embankment.

Lewis Falls drops 30 feet on the Lewis River, near the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park

Lewis Falls drops 30 feet on the Lewis River, near the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
Image ID: 13289
Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Photo of Moose Falls, Yellowstone National Park

National Parks, Wyoming, Yellowstone

Road Trip: Day 2

Moose Falls is at the southern edge of Yellowstone National Park, just inside the south entrance for visitors arriving from Grand Teton National Park. The falls are just a few yards off the highway, indicated by a small sign and a turnout for parking. They are worth a visit.

Moose Falls is a 30 foot drop in the Crawfish Creek just before it joins the Lewis River, near the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park

Moose Falls is a 30 foot drop in the Crawfish Creek just before it joins the Lewis River, near the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
Image ID: 13295
Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Photo of a Moose, Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton, National Parks, Wyoming

Road Trip: Day 2

This mother and calf moose pair was spotted walking and grazing among grasses and shrubs along Christian Creek at the north end of Grand Teton National Park. Spending an hour watching them was the highlight of my time in Grand Teton this summer.

Mother moose grazes in Christian Creek while its calf watches nearby, Alces alces, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Mother moose grazes in Christian Creek while its calf watches nearby.
Image ID: 13043
Species: Moose, Alces alces
Location: Christian Creek, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

Adult female moose in deep meadow grass near Christian Creek, Alces alces, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Adult female moose in deep meadow grass near Christian Creek.
Image ID: 13039
Species: Moose, Alces alces
Location: Christian Creek, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

Mother and calf moose wade through meadow grass near Christian Creek, Alces alces, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Mother and calf moose wade through meadow grass near Christian Creek.
Image ID: 13042
Species: Moose, Alces alces
Location: Christian Creek, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

Photo of Oxbow Bend, Snake River and Mount Moran, Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton, National Parks, Wyoming

Road Trip: Day 2

Oxbow Bend is perhaps the most convenient — and most photographed — spot in Grand Teton National Park — and for good reason. It offers a pleasing composition of Mount Moran in the distance with a sweep of the Oxbow Bend section of the Snake River in the foreground. Early morning is when photographers typically make this shot, although if the light in the sky and on Mount Moran is not dramatic a better shot may be had a little later when the sun lights the aspen trees along the waterline. I’ve had moose and white pelicans swim by me as I stood on the riverbank at Oxbow Bend. One morning before sunrise a black bear swam across the river and made a beeline to my riverside spot, got out 15 feet from where I was standing, shook himself off, looked me over for a few moments and walked off.

Mount Moran rises above the Snake River at Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Mount Moran rises above the Snake River at Oxbow Bend.
Image ID: 13027
Location: Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

Mount Moran rises above the Snake River at Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Mount Moran rises above the Snake River at Oxbow Bend.
Image ID: 13028
Location: Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA