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Grand Prismatic Pano

A two-frame panorama of Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Grand Prismatic is located in the Midway Geyser Basin, just north of Old Faithful. Most people see it from the boardwalk, which is cool, but to really see the scale and colors of this magnificent feature, you have to do a little work. Just south of the main parking lot, there's a pullout that marks a small trail leading to Fairy Falls (a wonder in its own right). First you cross a small bridge over the Firehole River, then you walk maybe a mile or so until you're on the back side of Grand Prismatic.


Next you bushwhack up a small hill on your left, not unlike the hill you see in the background/right of this frame. There are a couple of well-worn paths up the hill (it's not exactly a secret), but the loose rock can be slippery, especially going downhill. Hiking boots recommended, but not required. When you're about halfway up the hill, this is the scene you'll see before you. Take a picture or two, but be sure to stay and drink it all in.

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Taken on August 12, 2010