Rocky Mountain Gold – Day 8 – (West Yellowstone to Jackson Hole)

Day 7 was to be our last day in Yellowstone. Fortunately, we awoke to reasonably kind weather, but the forecast for the afternoon wasn’t so good.

The route between West Yellowstone and Jackson Hole allowed us to visit a few stops that we’d previously missed. These included the Lower Geyser Basin and West Thumb. On our way to the Lower Geyser Basin we came across a large heard of Bison grazing on the frosted grasses of Fountain Flats meadow. Needless to say we didn’t need much encouragement to stop and take a few shots. During our short stay the bison moved back and forth across the road. So, one minute the meadow was crowded with bison and the next only a few remained. The following photograph shows a couple that decided to stay put and enjoy the grazing.

Bison Grazing in Frost, Fountain Flats Meadow

The Lower Geyser Basin is only a short distance along the road from Fountain Flats, so the stop for the bison didn’t delay us too long. The following is one of my favourites, and was taken in the run-off area below Silex Spring.

Acorn in Bacteria and Algae Pool, Lower Geyser Basin

Our next planned stop was West Thumb Geyser Basin, which was a good hours drive away. When we arrived the sun was out, but clouds were gathering (here comes the rain again).  West Thumb Geyser Basin is located on the shore of Yellowstone Lake, and is inaccessible in winter. Therefore, this would be my first visit and I didn’t need much encouragement to walk around the various pools. Some are a lot more colourful than others, but all were worth a shot or two. I particularly liked the moody lighting and clouds patterns shown in the following shots of Blue Funnel Spring and Abyss Pool.

Blue Funnel Spring, West Thumb Geyser Basin

Abyss Pool, West Thumb Geyser Basin

Having finally got some photographs of West Thumb it was time for us to travel on to the Grand Teton National Park. As we drove along the lakeside we came across a grove of aspens backed by conifers. The contrast in colours was spectacular, but when the sunlight began to shine along the top of the conifers we got really excited. I think the following shot shows why we spent the best part of 30 minutes at this particular spot.

Orange and Green, Jackson Lake

Our last stop before heading on to Jackson Hole was String Lake. This is one the three small glacial lakes that lies at the foot of the Teton mountains. There are some very nice walks along the shoreline of String Lake and this presented us with plenty of opportunities to photograph the mix of colours from the trees reflecting into the lake.

String Lake Shoreline, Grand Teton National Park

Weather for day 8 is forecast to be horrid – heavy showers in morning turning to continuous rain in the afternoon. Fingers crossed the forecasters are wrong.

** 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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