Happy New Year

Happy New Year

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A happy New Year to my readers of my photo blog.

May all my readers share with me the enthusiasm for the beauty of my hometown Hamburg and the nature of our world and enjoy the experience themselves. This is what I wish you for 2018!


The Jungfernstieg was still festively decorated in Hamburg. It smells of mulled wine and roasted almonds and in sunshine, many Hamburgers had moved to the city once again, as if there were still a lot of Christmas shopping to be done.

I used the beautiful weather to experience a nice blue hour at the Alster Lake. This time the weather was fine for my — only when it was really dark the sky closed completely. What fascinates me about this picture is the color of the sky, with the dark contours of the rising cloud band. The sky behind it is still shining after the sun had just set in the southwest.

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

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This article concludes my report on my stay in Yellowstone National Park.

At the end we drove to the northern exit of the national park to Gardiner and from there we spent a day at the sinter terraces of Mammoth Hot Spings. Coming from Norris Geyser Basin coming from the south, one sees the terraces on the left hand side and looks directly at the main terrace with its white and yellow slopes. During the journey we were lucky enough to have had clouds in the sky and the more beautiful the effect of the sinter terraces in the total becomes apparent.

Lower Terraces

The next morning we had left early to enjoy the morning sun on the lower terraces. What colors!

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Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin

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Norris Geyser Basin is named after the former superindendent of Yellowstone National Park Philetus W. Norris. It is the hottest hydrothermal area of the National Park and extremely volatile. Again and again the hot springs and geysers change, new ones arise, existing ones dry up. Almost all areas are over 200° F hot and thus above the boiling point at this height. read more and write a comment …

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

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What a great experience! Only 100 yards away on the other bank of the Yellowstone River.
A grizzly!

We just came from Mud Volcano and wanted to drive along the banks of Yellowstone River a little bit, when suddenly an SUV stopped us on the way and the passengers ran down to the river bank. My son immediately shouted,»A grizzly!« and I turned our car around at the next opportunity. The bear was drawn to the north on the river bank and sometimes in the river. As we later learned from a ranger, there was a bison carcass north of the Mud Volcano. No wonder the grizzly bear didn’t notice us humans.

Hayden Valley and Yellowstone River

Hayden Valley and Yellowstone River

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Early in the morning, 6:15am — we drove through the early morning fog from Canyon Village to Hayden Valley to see large herds of bison. But the surprise was big, the first bison cop approached us in the dark from the fog on the street — luckily on the other side of the street. As he emerged from the darkness, he reminded me strongly of a man in a loden coat!

But soon we arrived at the flat sections of the Yellowstone River, which meandered through the Hayden Valley. A few fog swathes hung over the river, before which a few trees emerged. But unfortunately the herds of bison were not to be found here. So we enjoyed the sunrise over the Yellowstone River.

Yellowstone - Hayden Valley (3288)
Yellowstone — Hayden Valley (3288)

 

After the sunrise we drove to the Mud-Volcano region, located at the edge of the Hayden Valley. A not so impressive area, because the typical strong colors of the Yellowstone were missing here and a pungent oder of rotten egs, caused by hydrogen sulfide gas. But in the backlight of the flat morning sun, the steam swaths of the area were simply great to photograph.

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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After visiting the Upper Geyser Basin with its geysers Old Faithful, Beehive, Grand and Castle, it was clear to us that we wanted to see the fascinating Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. What could be better to spend the nights in the nearby Canyon Village? From there it is a short walk and you are at the north rim of the canyon. On the evening of arrival we hiked to the canyon edge for a short visit. The footpath from the Canyon Village ends directly at the Grand View. From there you have a fantastic view into the 1000 feet deep canyon. Especially in the afternoon hours of summer, the southern rim is illuminated by the sun, consisting of red and yellow tufa rock. Far below you can see the narrow course of the Yellowstone River, which meanders through the canyon.

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Great Fountain Geyser & White Dome Geyser

Great Fountain Geyser & White Dome Geyser

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Along the Firehole Lake Drive there are some hot springs and unique geysers. On our way from Old Faithful to the next accommodation in Canyon Village we made a detour along the Firehole Lake Drive. We were particularly attracted to the Great Fountain Geyser, which breaks out very irregularly but is particularly beautiful to look at due to its sinter terraces. We sat down for a while at the edge of the geyser and watched again and again how the water was boiling up inside. During observation, the White Dome Geyser broke out several times in the background. It is nice to see the two geysers staggered one after the other in the photo.

The White Dome Geyser has a cone several meters high, indicating the age of the geyser, which is many hundred years old. It often breaks out at intervals of 30–35 minutes and its eruptions reach heights of up to 9 meters.

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