More Yellowstone

A great view of the terraces and pools of the hot springs. In the very early days, people had bathed in these pools, and had even taken advantage of the hot water to do their laundry. This is the kind of thing that makes the modern conservationist, ranger, and tourist cringe. This particular formation is called the Minerva Pool, and is only one of several which decorate the surface of Mammoth.
Home sweet home. I have stayed in worse places, but going tent camping in the mountains during September, and early October, is not one of the smarter things I have done in my life. At night, I would crawl into my sleeping bag with my pants, shirt, jacket, and sometimes even my boots, still on. 
A view of the back of Mammoth Hot Springs. From this angle it appears to be a white mountain of calcite. 
I believe that these are the upper falls, on the Yellowstone river. The river itself flows on a bit, and then cascades down the magnificent lower falls, and into the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. 
An overview of one of the geyser basins, from the edge of the surrounding forests. 
Those who think of Yellowstone only as a dominion of geysers, hot springs, and rustic cabins, are in for a pleasant surprise. Outside of the geyser basins, and some of the scrub land to the north, the park is a virtual paradise.
Another shot of the upper falls, from a very slightly different angle. The effects of uplifting are more obvious here. This would seem to be a much more recent uplift than that which spawned the great canyon further down river. 
A shot of one of the steep walled sides of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. These golden, sulfur bearing rocks are what gave the area, and the latter park, their names. 
A view of one of the most nimble denizens of the park. In books, these are always called ground squirrels, but everyone I know calls them chipmunks. These brazen little creatures are tenacious and shameless when it comes to begging food off of tourists. 
A rare moment of stillness, as one of these little beasts sizes up a tourist, before making his move.
Spotting his quarry, a girl with a bag of snacks, he plans his strategy.
Another shot of the lower falls, and the canyon. It is hard not to snap pictures constantly, when surrounded by such scenes. 
My favorite shot of this area, framed in by the local pines, and clearly showing the folds, hills and convolutions of the winding canyon. 
Another view of the sulfur coated sides of the canyon. These yellow deposits, along with all of the geysers, and other thermal activities, are remnants of the days when there was considerable volcanic activity here. The thermal activity these days seems to be related to the early volcanic activity which formed the Rockies. There were some changes here when Mt. Saint Helens erupted, so it may be that there is an active area under the entire Rocky chain.
The opposite side of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. This canyon dead ends, and the water leaves via another route. This is a result of uplifts, and geologic changes, which changed the course of the river. 
This girl is being charmed by the antics of a pair of chipmunks. One hustles over so as not to miss out on any handouts. The bolder member of the pair, sits on her knee, and takes food from her hand. 
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