Ron Hanko's photos

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Artist's Paint Pots

The Artist's Paint Pots area of Yellowstone National Park is on the northwest side of the park and features a short trail with several geysers, a fumarole, some hot springs and a number of mud pots like this one. Mud pots are pools of bubbling mud, really hot springs that do not have sufficient water. The microorganisms in the water dissolve the surrounding rock into clay and mud. The bursting bubbles of mud at this mud pot had spattered mud all over the boardwalk nearby.

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Biscuit Basin

This photo was taken in Biscuit Basin in Yellowstone National Park. The water is runoff from the springs and pools in the basin. The colors are the algae that grow in the hot water and the trees in the background have been killed by the water and its deposits.

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Gibbon Falls

Gibbon Falls on the Gibbon River is along the road from Norris Junction to Mammoth Hot Springs. There is a turn-off along the road from which the falls can be viewed and this photo was taken there.

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Dunraven Pass

Taken while traveling north through Yellowstone's Dunraven Pass on the way to Tower Falls - the flowers are Arnica and Lupine. We had stopped earlier and photographed many of them including several native orchids.

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

This is another view of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone taken from Artist's Point on the south rim of the canyon and looking east.

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Languid Lady

Better known as the Tall Fringed Bluebell, Mertensia ciliata, this lovely wildflower is also sometimes called Languid Lady. This example was photographed on northeast side of Yellowstone National Park in Dunraven Pass.

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

This is the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from the Red Rock Point trail. This is the canyon through which the Yellowstone River runs and from which the park gets its name. The photo was taken in the morning as the sun began to send its light into the canyon.

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Lower Terraces

Here is the front side of the Lower Terraces. Canary Spring, pictures of which I previously posted, is the colored area at the end of the terraces. The nearer part of the terraces is dead, obvious from the gray color and up close from the fact that soft sinter of which these terraces are formed is crumbling.

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Lower Falls of the Yellowstone

These are the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River and part of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone taken from Artist's Point, a viewpoint on the South Rim Drive. It is from the rocks in the canyon that the park has its name and the canyon is one of the most visited areas of the park for good reason.
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