West Thumb Geyser Basin

by Karen on August 6, 2010

in quilts

First I will show the stars that I finished for the Star Crazy BOM for July.  I actually finished them on the last day of July I think. They all need to be pressed better and squared up, I will do that when I get home.  They are all hand pieced. 

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On our first day in the park we drove to an area called West Thumb Basin where there are hot pools of water that are the most beautiful of colors.

On the drive to the pools we saw a gorgeous elk – I had the camera ready and while Mike was driving got a really nice photo of this one:

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I also got a video of a buffalo that was walking in front of traffic while crossing a road.  I couldn’t quite focus properly at first because we were moving but also because I do not have a tiny view finder on my camera to look through – it has a screen on it and the sun makes it hard to see at times.  I will post the video as soon as I am able to – here is a picture of the buffalo from the car while we follow it until it is safe to pass it.  We had a line of more than 10 vehicles in back of us and the other lane was not moving until it was out of the way.

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So clear – so deep – and so hot!

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In the basin area a lot of trees die because of the conditions.  I though this tree looked so stark against the blue background.

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This is lake Yellowstone in the background of the above photo.  On the edges of the lake in this area you can see where there are occasional geysers.  This one is just a short way from shore – I do not believe it goes off often.

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What a lovely shade of blue this pool is!

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When you are on the boardwalk above the these pools some of them send off so much steam that you can just feel the heat from them.

(this area seen on August 4th and written on August 5th – posted hopefully on the 6th)

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Becky in VA August 6, 2010 at 12:10 pm

You’ve made good progress on your star blocks – I love to hand-piece, too. That is one gorgeous elk – and you got such a great picture. I would be a little concerned about the buffalo tromping down the middle of the road – but I’m glad you were behind him!!

The aquamarine blue water in the pool is truly beautiful!

Thanks again for sharing.

Wanda August 6, 2010 at 12:24 pm

that is a great shot of the elk! Clear pools of water are so nice, and like you say, colorful.
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Mary L August 6, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Breathtaking! I want to get in our car and go there…NOW!
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Vivian August 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm

What an adventure! Those pools are so beautiful. I really think one of these days, I am going to have to venture out west.
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Miri August 7, 2010 at 3:07 am

Your blocks are lovely…love the mix of fabrics.

WOW! These geysers are incredible…the underwater geyser-who would have thought!
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Crispy August 7, 2010 at 6:36 am

Great progress on the blocks :0) Isn’t is nice of us humans to make those great trails for the buffalo? LOL

Crispy

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