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Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-20
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC, Tiffen circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer Vacation 2006: USA
Theme(s): Geological Wonders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-23 8:42
Viewed: 3734
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I will start my series of the Mammoth Hot Springs. Mike (MBasil) has posted some really cool photo of this area, and I hope I can come close it. This photo is taken all the way at the bottom of the Lower Terraces area.

The ripple effect you see is the water flowing over the travertine.

The Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces have been a popular feature in Yellowstone since the early stagecoach routes up the Yellowstone River Valley. The Terraces, first described by the 1871 Hayden Survey, were given the name of White Mountain Hot Spring, even though they were well known and named before then.

The step-like terraces form as heated water moves along the Morris-Mammoth Fault. The hot water carries dissolved calcium and bicarbonate to the surface of the terraces where pressure lessens. Carbon dioxide then escapes as gas and the carbonate combines with calcium to precipitate as travertine.

The Mammoth Terraces are constantly changing shape and color. Springs which were active one to five years ago may be dry and lifeless now, yet activity may later resume. Along with changes of thermal activity come changes in color. Fresh travertine is bright white in color and as it weathers it changes to gray. Bright colored cyanobacteria and algae mats which were dependent upon a stable temperature and a flow of water also change as the microorganisms die creating a stark, bleak landscape

Source: www.yellowstonenationalpark.com

markula, PerR, ellis49, Karin, jmp, Luc, lovenature, manyee, jpinkham, Evelynn, scottevers7, pablominto, mbasil, LCannon, valy67, Silke, blakitan has marked this note useful
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  • PerR Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 2 N: 16] (99)
  • [2006-07-23 8:55]

Hello Niek.
Strange places there is on this earth! Interesing place.
Great colourful picture with good sharpness. POV is also good. Great to se the water turn into steam. TFS.


Interesting shot, Niek!
Beutiful colors of the formation, good composition and exposure. Could have been shot with a smaller aperture to give greater DOF, but the sharpness of the trees in the background is not bad at all and the viewer will not pay to much attention to that element, concentrating his/her attention on the beauty of the main subject. Regards,

Hi Niek,
you have captured a nice and interesting picture.
Lovely colours and the formation is amazing.
Good details and POV. I like the DOF, it's the FG who is most interesting.
Very well done.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-23 9:30]

Halo Niek,
De compositie en de details zijn erg goed. Heel indrukwekkend fenomeen. Het is net of daar in dit natuurstuk een vreemd kunstwerk werd neergezet.
Mooi werk en TFS

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-23 10:30]

Hi Niek,
A majestic rocks very well presented. Composition is wonderful! Good notes too.
TFS, JosÚ M.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-07-23 11:13]


Nice .. I was there as a child, seems I should go back. love the colors, texture and the note.


Wow....really cool...or should I say hot formation Niek
Mother nature builds such wondrous pieces of art.
Colours, composition, lighting and detail are all great.
Mammoth Hot Springs looks like a great place to visit.
TFS Janice

Hello Niek, excllent colors BG, POV DOF perfect details great Lighting excllent work, TFS Kyle

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-23 16:36]

A stunning capture, Niek.
Love the low POV.
Excellent colors and textures.
Fantastic light.
An amazing sight and site.
Makes me want to go back there. : )
Very informative note.
Thanks for a great post. : )

Great image, Niek -- I like the way you've filled the frame with those bold, sharply textured colors, the tight cropping and the contrast of your subject, the patch of sky and the green fields. Super note, too. TFS!

ooooh Niek, you got a good one with great color and texture. The last time I was there the light was not exciting and I did not have a digital camera. Are the elk still wandering around mammoth? I hated seeing them so used to humans.

Super picture!

Evelynn : )

Hi Niek,

Working way to much, and way behind on my critiques..........
This is awesome!!!!!


Hi Niek, nice shot with great details and colors.
The composition is perfect!!


Hi Niek,
Just time for a very quick visit.
Nice shot. Thanks for posting.
Have a great week.

Hi Niek
Simply awesome.
And very well composed, too!
Promises for what to come...
Pablo -

Hello Niek,
phantastic light on this fascinating image that shows the marvellous structures and colours of this unique geological phenomenon very well. Thank you!
Best regards,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-24 13:39]

Wow the colours and textures here are amazing. This looks like a great place - I can't wait to see more pictures

Hi Niek,
wow, that's beautiful and interesting, what a wonderful world we are living in.
Thanks for sharing this colourful view from a part of the world I haven't seen yet with my own eyes. Bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

You used the light and shadows perfectly to show off all the textures and colors of this formation. Wonderful work Niek!

Hi Niek !
That is amazing, I had never seen it before ! I love the beautiful colors on these strange formations, it is really a wonderful place. POV and composition are excellent. very well done !

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-07-25 14:54]

Nicely done, Niek! Great control of the light here (there's a lot of contrast, especially between the light and dark areas). But the inclusion of the background and bit of foreground gives this a lot of context.
P.S. Thanks for the ad! Like you had proceeded Evelynn at the Grand Tetons, you must have been able to see my footprints here. My main advantage is having been here earlier than you!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-07-26 13:28]

Superb capture with great details, colours, clarity and POV, all assembled into a very fine composition
TFS, silke

Hallo Niek,
Very interesting geological formation. Absolutely gorgeous. Well captured and nicely composed picture. Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-10-31 15:15]

Cześć. Fajna rzecz i fajne zdjęcie. Ostrość , kolory OK. Dobrze zrobione.

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