Alien Worlds - 1
It's about time I uploaded some more shots from our America roadtrip I reckon (the last one was in October!), so here's a few more. I'm going to try and do a couple a week from here on out, just don't judge me if I don't manage it, okay? ;)
Saturday 13th of September, 2003 - This is a view of the top of Mammoth Hot Springs (a view of what underpins all these terraces can be seen on my stream here, along with the science behind it (you lucky people ;)
It's an amazing place, and as you walk around the boardwalks strung out and around the area, you're struck but just how bizarre a place it is. The overpowering* smell of sulphur's ever present, and the steam rising off the water cools fairly quickly due to the altitude, giving the air a clammy quality.
Where the springs have grown outwards or new ones have developed, any vegetation's died off pretty quickly due to the temprature and toxic nature of the water, leading to the occassional dead tree standing in the middle of a shelf of travertine, stripped of it's bark and any foliage it may of once had.
Yep, it's a weird old place alright, but one I'd go back and see again in a heartbeat given the chance :)
*Overpowering's the right word. As we got to the top of the steps to look out on this incredible natural wonder for the first time, we were greeted by the sight of some poor middle-aged woman chundering hard over the edge of the walkway as the smell had got just a bit too much for her. Nice (>_<)