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    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 (>_<)

    Dumbfunk, lake.sider, purpleglitter, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. purpleglitter 83 months ago | reply

      Really a totally awesome place.

    2. Dumbfunk 83 months ago | reply

      Christ on a bike ViM - this is an immense photo!

    3. lake.sider 83 months ago | reply

      Excellent!!! This gives me ideas on how we should do the new fish pond : )
      Please add this great photo to Nature’s Finest
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    4. v1ctory_1s_m1ne 83 months ago | reply

      @Dumbfunk: Cheers DF, it's an immense kind of place! Thanks for the fave :)

      @lake.sider: Now that I want to see :) Cheers for fav'ing this and the group invite, I'll add it in a mo'.

    5. Relfy 83 months ago | reply

      Great photo and your description is simply poetic! :)

    6. Anne0 83 months ago | reply

      Almost feel like I'm there! Great shot.

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    7. katcat ©bluerosephoto [deleted] 83 months ago | reply

      I really like these terrace shots. Beautiful in a strange way. :o)
      I want to see Tony's(lake.sider) pond when it's done. :o)

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    8. Simon__ 83 months ago | reply

      wow, amazing shot..loooks so unreal

    9. nfophotography 83 months ago | reply

      "Like a hell-broth boil and bubble."
      Oh that sulphurous smell, the heat and steam - All that in a photograph , nice one :-)
      (Glad it's not a scratch-n-sniff monitor ! )

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    10. v1ctory_1s_m1ne 83 months ago | reply

      Thanks everybody for the comments and faves :)

      I've enjoyed going back through these shots from a few years back, and it's odd to think that I've been places like this now, it seems like a lifetime ago! If I'm not careful I'll get the travel bug, and then where will I be? (Skint with a full memory card and a big, silly grin on me face most likely ;)

      @eNil: You know, the smell didn't bother me that much. I suppose I'd become desensitized to eggy smells living in the same house as my Dad and Nan for 21 years ;)

    11. nicholsphotos 83 months ago | reply

      This is awe-inspiring.

      (Natures Finest)

    12. purpleglitter 83 months ago | reply

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    13. Nickster 2000 83 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot mate. Not on DSLR either!

    14. villany 83 months ago | reply

      i spent a summer working in yellowstone. best summer of my life.

    15. v1ctory_1s_m1ne 82 months ago | reply

      @PG: Thanks for the invite chuck, I'll see about adding it to the group now (only 4 weeks later, D'oh!)

      @CraddoAJ: Thanks mate :) And cheers for having it as your desktop at work too :)

      @Nickster: Thanks chief (and ta for the fave too :) Yeah, this was 18 months before we had our first Digital camera, and a full 4 years before I got the D40x! Can't wait to go back there and do it all properly (photography-wise, once I've got the skillz!).

      @Villany: No way! That must have been awesome, you must have never wanted to leave! I'm so going back there in a few years, I've seen pictures of what it looks like in the Winter on another Flickrites stream, and it's just breathtaking. Need to get myself some of that action I can tell you!

    16. foturist 78 months ago | reply

      This photo has been used in the article about Yellowstone national park at russian non-commercial travel blog
      Thank you for sharing!
      We are also pleased to invite you to our Foturist group at Flickr.

    17. JPBJr. 69 months ago | reply

      Please add this picture & any other pictures of Northern California or taken by a Northern California photographer (world wide) to:

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