Snow, Grass and Fire Trees

Near the Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park is a stand of fire-scorched trees, or “fire trees” as our younger daughter named them during her first visit to the park five years ago. The ground surrounding a section of these trees is often steaming, hinting at the subterranean warmth and runoff from springs on Firehole Lake Drive nearby. Following a snow fall this phenomenon was illustrated nicely with a sharp delineation between cool and hot ground. This is another 16×9 photograph taken with our cool little Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2.

Burned trees in grass meadow in Lower Geyser Basin.  Grass on the left has hot runoff from nearby thermal springs, keeping it free of snow, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Burned trees in grass meadow in Lower Geyser Basin. Grass on the left has hot runoff from nearby thermal springs, keeping it free of snow.
Image ID: 19789
Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA