Colorful shore of the Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

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    Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in Yellowstone. The colors around shore are bacteria and algae that tolerate 170 degree F temps. There is a boardwalk along GPS but it hard to visualize the colors at ground level so I found a trail from the Fairy Falls parking lot - it is an easy walk - about 15 minutes from the trailhead. There are some trails cutting up hill to informal viewpoints - it is well worth the climb - what an amazing sight!

    I took this photo on a gorgeous day in Yellowstone National Park in May 2009. Absolutely beautiful morning as I headed from West Yellowstone SE through various geyser basins, including the Lower, Midway, and Upper Basin. Each one was different but all were worth stopping at. Enjoy the photos!

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    1. Jeff Rennicke 58 months ago | reply

      Very nicely done. Most people focus on the "eye" of these pools. This is a nice perspective. I found the lines of the boardwalk in the upper right to be a bit distracting at first but then maybe it is a nice statement of man & nature. It is like when I am actually in Yellowstone. I find the boardwalks a bit distracting but then I realize that if they weren't there ... we wouldn't have access to these wonderful views. So, maybe those lines are good. Anyone else have opinions on that? Regardless, very nice work.

    2. 1/8 sec 58 months ago | reply


      I pick this photograph to be on the cover of National Geographic
      National Geographic: Are You Good Enough?

    3. katherinemichael 58 months ago | reply

      Amazing composition and color!


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    4. The_Circumference 56 months ago | reply


      Just wanted to let you know that your photo has been featured in a travel article on The Circumference with a link back.

      You can view the article here:
      Thanks for sharing your fantastic photo!

      - The Circumference

    5. CHRIS230*** 54 months ago | reply

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      wonderful colours ,nice work

    6. Babaiola* [deleted] 54 months ago | reply

      Fine play of colours>_<

    7. calmircd 54 months ago | reply

      Wonderful combo of colors!

      I have seen this beautiful photo in:

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    8. Martin Davey Photography 54 months ago | reply

      Great capture!

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    9. blauepics 54 months ago | reply

      Amazing composition!

    10. Blog Viajesnet 44 months ago | reply

      Nos ha gustado tanto tu foto que la hemos utilizado para ilustrar uno de nuestros posts, esperamos que no te importe:

      Nos encantaría que formara parte de nuestro grupo de fotos en Flickr

    11. GlixPix 43 months ago | reply

      Wow! What colors! Beautiful work! Excellent image!

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    12. PRebaque 43 months ago | reply

      wow! impressive colors

    13. SeattleRay 36 months ago | reply


      I have just finished a collection of 30 pictorial gallery tours of Yellowstone Park. The pictures in each gallery follow the provided NPS maps of 8 destinations and 14 routes. Also there are 8 galleries showing the Yellowstone and Grand Teton seasons. A total of 540 of the 'best' Flicr pictures have been selected. Descriptive text and links to Internet pages have been added to most of the pictures.

      In the galleries, I have included several of your pictures as the 'best' that depicts a particular scenic spot. You can see how this picture blends into one gallery by clicking on this link --
      Madison to Old Faithful route.

      Comments are always welcome. Even attaboys! Thanks for taking and sharing this picture.

      Ray Hitchcock

    14. connect 2012 6 months ago | reply

      Outstanding!! Thank you for posting on 'A Personal Viewpoint'. Much appreciated. Whenever you have the time, do view and post.

    15. digital internet 3 months ago | reply

      Hi Frank,

      You have some fantastic images in your photostream!

      I've just published a post on my website featuring 8 of them, including this one. The post is called - 8 Spectacular Photos Highlighting the Beauty of Nature at Yellowstone National Park and you can see it here.

      I've linked to each image and your flickr page.

      Thanks for making the images available with a CC license.

      I hope you like the post.

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