Magnetic Anomaly in Yellowstone on the Solstice

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    I didn't change the colors here!!!! Let's get that right out of the way. :)

    I came to visit a friend in Yellowstone National Park over the weekend and for a few days next week. He has a beautiful ranch on the edge of the park in Montana and is inviting up a fairly eclectic group of intellectuals, mostly associated around various Libertarian think-tanks with which I am involved. I know it all sounds a bit heady, but it's one of my fun academic cerebral diversions. There are daily and nightly TED-like talks from plant biologists, entrepreneurs, geneticists, paleontologists, artists, and yours truly (who is giving a possibly-in-comparison presentation on humans evolving into a super-organism via online games and social networks).

    The picture here was taken on the summer solstice in thin-crusted geothermal hotbed of the Norris Geysers. This particular place was not too far from something called the "whirlygig" (or somesuch).

    The various colors are made from two merging rivers, each one with a dramatically different temperature. Different color bacteria live in each temperature of water - the red bacteria was over 160 degrees and the green was below 160. If anyone else was there during this same time, they can confirm the quirky nature of these dual rivers running in the same channel! :)

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    1. weram 95 months ago | reply

      looks like a rainbow

    2. noyesa 95 months ago | reply

      Frickin' cool.

    3. Juan Carlos Requena 95 months ago | reply

      Really goog photo! lovely colors.

      Great job!

      Un saludo.

    4. angelabams 95 months ago | reply

      wow so beautiful!!!!

    5. toolo 95 months ago | reply

      the weird thing is at first glance you think there are more colours in there than greens and browns!!

      well done

    6. MarceloV 94 months ago | reply

      Magnificent, even more without HDR!

      Nice work!

    7. Thelonious Gonzo 94 months ago | reply

      Librarian think tank?
      What the hell is there to think about?
      You file everything alphabetically and tell everyone to keep quiet all day.

      Geesh. You went all the way to Montana for that?

    8. Valter Jacinto | Portugal 93 months ago | reply

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    10. Photo.Simon 90 months ago | reply

      Great colours!

    11. moonjazz 87 months ago | reply

      I like you Yellowstone set just as much as mine. Nice.
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    12. Pipe Meadow 86 months ago | reply

      I remember this exact spot from my visit to Norris Basin. This is the part where the rainbow stream runs under the wooden path, right? Thanks for the background on why it's multicolored, I never knew!

    13. 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.

    14. Gabriele Parafioriti Photography 77 months ago | reply

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    15. Sam Martin (abikeOdyssey) 73 months ago | reply

      The sky and clouds are incredible!

    16. a n i. Y. 70 months ago | reply

      it should be like that in life, different people can live together despite the color and temperature.

    17. Eddi van W. 64 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative Commons- Free Pictures, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    18. dphotoladybug 49 months ago | reply

      I really like the way your composed this one. I took the same picture when we were there but only focused on the ground and the colors. I think your photo does it more justice by including the sky. Great one!

    19. Officer Phil 34 months ago | reply

      Hi, I have modified this photo into a "virtual reality" format. You can find it on this page:


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