Monday, August 20, 2012

Virginia Cascade, Norris, Sheepeater Cliff, and more of Yellowstone

Heading west and north through Yellowstone National Park from the Lower and Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River there are many beautiful things to see. When we passed through we were not able to  spend as much time as we would have liked but I'll share some of what we saw. Some of the things we saw are Virginia Cascade, Porcelain Basin at Norris Geyser Basin, Sheepeater Cliff and lovely scenery.

We first stopped by Virginia Cascade.


Virginia Cascade

To get to Virginia Cascasde you have to take a little oneway road. Campers and buses are not allowed on the road. Virginia Cascade is beautiful. One problem is getting a good photo of it. There are many trees in the way and there are not any parking places. The photo here is a panorama I took from a ways away. To get a good shot of the falls would require being high in the air in the middle of the canyon.

6 photo panorama - Virginia Cascade, Yellowstone National Park
6 photo panorama - Virginia Cascade, Yellowstone National Park



Norris Geyser Basin
Porcelain Basin



We went to North Geyser Basin and only visited Porcelain Basin. We had a long way to travel and we had both gotten a bit of sun. There is a nice array of  color here. You do see a lot of white but there is cloudy glass-like-blue, green, orange, brown, grey and blue.

Scummy Pool, Porcelain Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
Scummy Pool, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

Green Cyanidium algae and orange cyanobacteria in the acidic waters of Porcelain Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
Green Cyanidium algae and orange cyanobacteria in the acidic waters of Porcelain Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

Green Cyanidium algae and orange cyanobacteria in the acidic waters of Porcelain Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
Green Cyanidium algae and orange cyanobacteria in the acidic waters of Porcelain Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

Colloidal Pool, Porcelain Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
Colloidal Pool, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

Swiss Cheese Pool, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
Swiss Cheese Pool, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

Porcelain Springs and a small steaming geyser-like hole, Porcelain Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
Porcelain Springs and a small steaming geyser-like hole, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

Congress Pool, Porcelain Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
Congress Pool, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park.
This shows what some people think of Congress. No grander or action, rather it is a hole that sinks and does nothing.



Valley near Beaver Lake

The valley upstream from Beaver Lake is such a beautiful spot. The spot these photos are taken at is literally on the side of the road. I have a photo of this area during autumn which you can also see on my blog HERE. Now you can see the same location during the summer. Enjoy.
You will notice that many trees are bare and black. A fire is to blame but it also adds to the beauty of the landscape.

12 photo panorama - Valley near Beaver Lake, Yellowstone National Park
12 photo panorama - Valley near Beaver Lake, Yellowstone National Park

56 photo panorama - Valley near Beaver Lake, Yellowstone National Park
56 photo panorama - Valley near Beaver Lake, Yellowstone National Park

8 photo panorama - Valley near Beaver Lake, Yellowstone National Park
8 photo panorama - Valley near Beaver Lake, Yellowstone National Park

Creek in valley near Beaver Lake, Yellowstone National Park
Creek in valley near Beaver Lake, Yellowstone National Park

Grass, stream, and trees in valley near Beaver Lake, Yellowstone National Park
Grass, stream, and trees in valley near Beaver Lake, Yellowstone National Park



Sheepeater Cliff
Gardner River



Sheepeater Cliff has a geological feature I love to see. Columnar Basalt. Columnar Basalt is a distinct feature. Some areas with this columnar feature are quite famous. Some of these are... the's Giant's Causeway in Ireland, at the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Skye in Scotland, Hexagon pool in the Golan Heights, throughout Iceland, Prismas Bas├ílticos in Mexico, Devil's Postpile in California, Organ Pipes National Park in Austrailia, Akun Island in Alaska, and in many other places in the world. 
I will stop continuing the rant of places I want to see with columnar basalt features and get on with the photos.

Gardner River and Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone National Park
Gardner River and Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone National Park

Gardner River and Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone National Park
Gardner River and Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone National Park

Fly Fisherman in the Gardner River at Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone National Park
Fly Fisherman in the Gardner River at Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone National Park

Gardner River and Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone National Park
Gardner River and Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone National Park

8 photo panorama - Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone National Park
8 photo panorama - Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone National Park

Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone National Park
Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone National Park

Stone at the base of Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone National Park
Stone at the base of Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone National Park


Road south of Mammoth

South of Mammoth there is a waterfall on Glen Creek in Kingman Pass. The waterfall is nice but the whole pass is beautiful. Because of the lighting I did not take a photo of the falls but I did take a few of the pass.

Kingman Pass and Glen Creek, Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone National Park
Kingman Pass and Glen Creek, Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone National Park

Kingman Pass and Glen Creek, Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone National Park
Kingman Pass and Glen Creek, Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone National Park

Kingman Pass and Glen Creek, Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone National Park
Kingman Pass and Glen Creek, Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone National Park



No comments:

Post a Comment