Day 6 began with much better weather than the previous day, which was quite fortunate in that we had planned a fairly long drive across the park to Mammoth Hot Springs and the Lamar Valley.
On arrival at Mammoth we drove round the loop road to the Orange Spring Mound. I’d not seen this particular feature on my previous visits to Mammoth, so was pleased to see that was it active, and the algae covered travertine was quite colourful.
Bacteria and Algae Detail on Orange Spring Mound, Mammoth Hot Springs
After, Orange Spring Mound we travelled the short distance to the Upper Terrace area. Sadly, Angel Terrace had become inactive since my last visit and wasn’t particularly photogenic. Therefore, we walked on down to the Main Terrace area, which as it turned out was much better than it had been on any of my previous visits.
Bacteria and Algae Detail on Main Terrace, Mammoth Hot Springs
Dryad Springs, Mammoth Hot Springs
Skeleton Leaves in Hot Pool, Mammoth Hot Springs
After lunch we travelled on to the Lamar Valley in search of wildlife such as elk, bison and bears. As it turned out, the wildlife we did see was at a distance, so Plan B (landscape photography) was put into operation. Actually, the lighting in the valley along with the fall colours was quite spectacular, and many quality photographs were captured.
Fall Colours on Cottonwoods and Aspens, Lamar Valley
By chance a small group of us did manage to see and photograph a grizzly bear making its way up a hillside near the confluence of Soda Butte Creek and the Lamar River.
** Disclaimer** Above images are quick previews specifically for this blog so that friends and family can see how I’m getting on.