Rocky Mountain Gold – Day 3 – Yellowstone National Park

This is my forth visit to Yellowstone, the others being in mid winter. So, the appearance of the landscape would be new to me. Day 3 began with me awaking to the sound of heavy rain. Undaunted, we set off into the park around 8.30am with heavy rain hammering off the windscreen. As we neared Madison Junction the rain eased and sky lightened a little. So, we stopped to grab a few shots of steam rising off the river – nothing spectacular, but still worth the stop.

Our planned destination for the day was Black Sand Basin and the Firehole Lake area. This later location is closed during the winter, so this would be my first visit. Anyway, given that the weather wasn’t in our favour we headed on up to the new visitors centre at Old Faithful. Lots of other visitors to the park seemed to be of similar mind, so the centre was busier than we we expected.

After leaving the visitor centre we travelled the short distance down to Black Sand Basin. It was raining when we arrived and again when we left. Actually,  during our entire time at Black Sand Basin the rain never stopped, but having travelled this far there was no way we weren’t going to get some shots.  Surprisingly, the rain and dark moody light helped lift the shots. The following are some of my favourites.

Opalescent Pool, Black Sand Basin

Cliff Geyser, Black Sand Basin

Spouter Geyser, Black Sand Basin

Twin Geyser, Black Sand Basin

Handkerchief Pool, Black Sand Basin

Our next stop was the White Cone Geyser, which is located midway along the road to the Firehole Lake. We’d been there earlier in the day, but the rain was so heavy we could hardly see the geyser let alone photograph it. This time the rain was much lighter and it was obvious from the thermal activity that the geyser was going to erupt. We didn’t need to wait too long before we got our chance, and best of all, the rain had died down and the sun was breaking through.

Eruption at White Cone Geyser

Even though the weather was poor I’m quite pleased with the images I managed to capture. May be the weather will be better tomorrow.

** Disclaimer** Above images are quick previews specifically for this blog so that friends and family can see how I’m getting on.

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