The image above is a sunrise of the Mammoth Hot Springs village in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The early morning light adds to the colorful formations. I shot this panoramic image vertically and stitched the 5 images together. By photographing it vertically it allowed me to zoom in with a larger lens on the subjects, giving more details to the subjects. In the bottom right of the image you can see where in the early days, Yellowstone’s visitors began their park exploration at Mammoth Hot Springs, named after the steaming limestone terraces just above the Mammoth Hot Springs hotel. Today, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel offers a warm welcome to summer and winter visitors. Elk routinely graze outside the hotel around the parade grounds of what was once Fort Yellowstone ……. if you click on the image to enlarge it, you can see 30 + female Elk and One Bull Elk all laying down resting in the grass on the side of the hotel. The white building on the bottom left is the United States Post Office. The panoramic images below are of the Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces that I photographed another day also during early morning sunlight. You can see the Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces in the top right of the image above. The visible boardwalk crisscross the entire flowing formation and allow for multiple access areas for viewing.
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 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.
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