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Philip Kuntz / 134 items

N 116 B 2.0K C 29 E Aug 25, 2014 F Aug 1, 2019
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Something different today....

Many swallows built these impressive and unique mud nests on one side of Yellowstone's Soda Butte.

For some reason they didn't stick around to pose for me....

Soda Butte in comments.

Thanks for taking a look! Always appreciated.

Tags:   swallows cliff swallows mud nests nest Soda Butte Lamar Valley Yellowstone

N 77 B 2.3K C 20 E Sep 26, 2017 F Jun 4, 2019
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Nature's textures fascinate me. Here is a small slice of the colors created by cyanobacteria at Mammoth Hot Springs. Another example of the amazing colors and life-forms one finds at Yellowstone.

A few more examples below:

"The word "bacteria" is often associated with disease, but only a few kinds of bacteria cause problems for humans. The other thousands of bacteria, although all simple organisms, play a complex role in Earth's ecosystems. In fact, cyanobacteria made our oxygen-rich atmosphere possible. They were the first photosynthesizers, more than 3 billion years ago. Without bacteria, we would not be here." nps.gov

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Tags:   cyanobacteria bacteria bacterial mats thermal geothermal Mammoth Hot Springs Yellowstone Wyoming

N 100 B 2.7K C 28 E Aug 27, 2014 F Mar 16, 2019
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Looking across the brink of the Upper Falls of the Yellowstone at the viewing platform and fellow tourists.
I liked a different perspective of the falls.

A few more pics of the falls in comments.

Many thanks for your comments, faves and suggestions!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tags:   waterfall falls Upper Falls Upper Falls of the Yellowstone Yellowstone river Upper Falls Viewing platform Yellowstone Wyoming

N 106 B 3.1K C 22 E Sep 27, 2017 F Mar 12, 2019
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Looking east from near the top of Dunraven Pass at the chasm that is the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
A crow kept me company.

The Pass is the highest road in the Park, at 8850 feet.

Some history:
"In 1874, just two years after the park's creation, the Earl of Dunraven, a titled Irish Peer made a visit to Yellowstone in conjunction with a hunting expedition to the Northern Rockies. He was so impressed with the park, that he devoted well over 150 pages to Yellowstone in his The Great Divide book, published in London in 1876. The Great Divide was one of the earliest works to praise and publicize the park.

In 1878 during a U.S. Geological Survey of the park, Henry Gannett, a geographer working with the survey, named a peak just two miles southwest of Mount Washburn in the honor of the Earl of Dunraven and the service his book had done for the park. In 1879, Philetus Norris, the park superintendent gave the pass on the Grand Loop Road between Tower and Canyon the name Dunraven because of its proximity to Dunraven Peak."

Thanks for taking a look. Much appreciated!


Tags:   Dunraven Pass Mt. Washburn Grand Loop Road Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone crow scenic snow Yellowstone Yellowstone National Park Wyoming

N 199 B 4.1K C 38 E Sep 28, 2017 F Mar 1, 2019
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An iconic view of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone river seen from the Lookout Viewpoint.

This is the spot where Thomas Moran painted the Lower Falls to inspire Congress in 1872. The painting played a crucial role in convincing the Congress make Yellowstone the first national park. He allegedly wept over the lack of colors in his palette to accurately portray all the hues and tones he experienced and tried to show.

The Red Rock viewpoint is below. An adjacent 0.5-mile trail drops 500 ft to Red Rock for even closer views – the average age of the crowd plummets with the elevation (it’s hard on the knees). The trail was closed to maintenance when I was here this trip. Hope it's open on my next trip, as it's the only viewpoint I've not enjoyed.

Friday is here. Have a fabulous day and weekend ahead.

Tags:   Lower Falls of the Yellowstone waterfall Lookout Viewpoint Red Rock Viewpoint Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone viewpoints Yellowstone River Yellowstone National Parking Wyoming


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