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Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs
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Copyright: Mike Basil (mbasil) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-23
Categories: Mountain, Sky
Camera: Nikon D50, Nikkor 18-200mm 1:3.5-4.5 VR
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-20 8:19
Viewed: 4446
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Recently I posted some widlife in Yellowstone, so now it's time to move on to some geology landscapes. This is the Mammoth Hot Springs area in Yellowstone National Park. This is a view over the Hot Springs showing some of the trees that get overtaken by the constantly changing hot springs. A few years ago the trees were probaly growing in regular soil, but as the fault or fissure in the earth moved or the level of activity increased, so did the escape of the hot mineralized water, which encroached on the trees and preciptated into the travertine terraces that can be seen in the bottom of the photo. It all makes for a strange, stark, and a little moon-like look.

"Some of Yellowstone's hot springs take the form of quiet pools. Others are flowing. The waters of many of this latter type, such as those at Mammoth Hot Springs, become charged with carbon dioxide while underground, creating a mild carbonic acid. That acid dissolves underground limestone rocks and carries the mixture to the surface of the Earth. Once on the surface, the carbon dioxide gas escapes. Without carbon dioxide, the water is less able to carry the dissolved limestone. The dissolved limestone precipitates out, creating beautiful travertine terraces. In areas underlaid with volcanic rock, as opposed to more easily dissolved limestone, a modification of the plumbing system—perhaps through small earthquakes—can easily turn a hot spring into a geyser." Source: http://www.yellowstonenationalpark.com/geology.htm.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-20 8:25]

I like your shot, Mike!
A little strange landscape for me, but it has its own mood and composition is well balanced.

Hello Mike
What a wonderful scene you captured,
Perfect exposure,composition and Framing,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2007-10-20 8:57]

Hi Mike,
I love this photo very much. very strong atmosphere along perfect details and colors. wish I could be there to see it myself!
With best wishes

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-20 9:21]

Hi Mike,
wow what a place..almost alien looking, very well composed and an excellent job on the exposure too. A truly fascinating scene, great job.

Nice Shot Mike. I am also here in Yellowstone. We may have passed each other in the last couple of days and would never know. Small world. Anyway...beautiful shot.


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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-10-20 10:12]

Great capture Mike.Very good composition supporting dramatic effect of the place.TFS

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-10-20 15:58]

Very interesting! A beautiful and intriguing shot with quite an alien feel. The trees really add to the interesting factor.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6417 W: 89 N: 15563] (65130)
  • [2007-10-20 16:46]

very interestinf atmosphere,thanks for share,luciano

beautiful landscape! nice shot!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-21 3:14]

Hello Mike,
Dramatic photo. Impressive colours. Very sharp details and good composition. Amazing DOF.

Hi Mike,

A good POV of the Mammoth hot springs area, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hi Mike,
An amazing landscape scene. It has been a very long time since I have been to Yellowstone, and I am itching to get back. Well done on this one. A very spooky feeling.

Hi Mike,
Lucky you, to have such ominous weather when you visited Mammoth Hot Spings. I can still remember the extreem brightness I had to deal with when I was there. The white travertine just works as a major reflector.
I really like your composition, with the three oddly shaped trees as leadlines and subjects. The pools of steaming water help to create to this awesome moon-like landscape. it a small pitty that you chose this small aperture, since it cause some soft spots in the FG.

Hello Mike,
Impresionante paisaje, parece un lugar nada acogedor y a la vez increible, un paisaje impactante, acentuado mejor todavía ese ambiente con las nubes de tormenta llegando al lugar. Muy buena foto

Hello Mike,
A beautiful composition with this strange landscape!
The impact is great and reminding of the result from a natural disaster...
Great details, I notice the dramatic sky to enhance the atmosphere!
Pablo -

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2008-05-20 2:03]

Nice spectacular landscape shot, different viewpoint of yellowstone. Dramatic scenery, very well chosen POV. TFS Reina

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