Went up to the Jackson Hole/Teton/Yellowstone area this weekend. Despite edging near the end of spring, the beauty of Yellowstone is just waking.
Beauty Pool and Chromatic Pool are two of the most beautiful pools in Yellowstone aside from the amazing colors seen at Grand Prismatic. The two pools are connected underground. Usually, the most dynamic/dramatic pool is the one overflowing. I've captured Chromatic Pool in this shot.
The colors are formed by the photosynthetic pigments (chlorophylls or carotenoids) in thermophilic bacteria and archea. The colors reflect distinct zonations of organisms according to their specific temperature tolerances.
Explored (#78, May 11, 2009)