Mind Flayer Spawning
Miniature Lava Cave
Mud Blob Collection
West Spring Blues
Prismatic WaveFrom a distance, the microbial mats around the edges of the mineral-rich waters of the Grand Prismatic Spring are abstracted into a wavy rainbow. This is the third largest hot spring in the world, located at the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. These famous springs are so huge, that they are sometimes best appreciated from afar. Taking a small path on the hills west of the springs, one can climb high up to a spectacular vantage point, where the colors and shapes are abstracted into a painterly palette of waves and rainbows.
Golem SoupA composite of the endless forms most beautiful that evolve from the bubbling mud of the Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. This is a composite of a bunch of images taken in succession, in an interval of just a few minutes. I held my composition tight on a very active area of the mud pot, and hit the shutter whenever I felt a big blob about to erupt. Then I merged the best moments from these shots into a single image, creating a landscape of alien creatures.
Saturn's MilkA mud bubble grows inside another exploding bubble, in a milky-teal mud pool at the Artist Paint Pots of the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Sometimes areas on the mud pots have a clear separation of the mud and water, and the water can take some beautiful pastel colors. During this afternoon, the mud was not very dense and it formed extremely delicate bubbles, that moved much faster than the usual thick ones you see in the area. These more liquid bubbles are harder to shoot, since they explode much faster and timing and shutter speed becomes extremely critical.
Awaken, GolgothanBoiling mud forms an ephemeral ghostly figure at the Mud Volcano area of the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The mud volcano is very steamy and loud. You can shoot without stopping for hours, and getting the best shapes is mostly a matter of luck and quantity. One thing that helped me here was the soft light, it bounced through the steam, adding a soft brightness below, and created a mysterious figure coming out of the fog.
Prismatic WraithsThe shallow terraces from the Grand Prismatic Spring reflects a group of tourists, who appear like ghosts over the shimmering surface. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. I took this photo with the idea of flipping it upside down later. I tried focusing on the terraces, as well as focusing on the reflections. In the end, keeping the reflections blurry felt better.
Mind Flayer Spawning
Liquid SnowPast sunset, the white crystals that form the travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs reflect the soft light of the darkening sky. At Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. I enjoy shooting in this area past sunset, the area is deserted from tourists, the light is soft and creamy, and the warm steam diffuses the colors even further, creating a milky landscape of boiling waters.
LavacteriaOrange slime spreads over a dark, bacterial mat. At the Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The shapes resembled the diseased bronchioles of a smoker's lung. My guess is that the black bacteria could be the same as the orange one, just older and more dried up.
Milk BowlA smooth bowl of mud pops as it emerges from the geothermal pools of the Artist Paint Pots. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Capturing exploding mud bubbles took a lot of patience, fast reflexes, and a faster shutter speed. I was aiming for violent, jagged monsters of mud, but my favorite pic ended up being this simple, elegant bowl, underneath a lonely, hovering droplet. It's a fun game, trying to figure out where to aim the camera, and at what time to hit the shutter. There's an extremely short anticipation when the mud inflates, and less than a second later the mud bubble has already exploded. Some areas are more viscous and explode slightly slower, but the key moment is always extremely short and hard to capture.
Miniature Lava Cave
Mud Blob CollectionMud blobs of all shapes emerge ephemerally from the geothermal muddy pools of the Artist Paint Pots of the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. After hundreds and hundreds of shots of mud in one day, I picked this diverse sample of portraits as my favorites. Sometimes I enjoy the simplicity of the shapes, while other times it's all about the chaos. It's a fun game, trying to figure out where to aim the camera, and at what time to hit the shutter. There's an extremely short anticipation when the mud inflates, and less than a second later the mud bubble has already exploded. Some areas are more viscous and explode slightly slower, but the key moment is always extremely short and hard to capture.
Prismatic SunsetA fiery sunset is reflected over the striated, miniaturized terraces of the Grand Prismatic Spring of the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Most people left once it started to get dark, only a few waited long enough for the last, dying light. It looked like an extinct, gray sunset, but suddenly the sky lit up for a few fleeting minutes, and reflected fire over the bacterial mats.
West Spring BluesA pool of refreshing-looking boiling water grows a crust of minerals that separates it from the colorful cyanobacteria on the shallow end. West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. One of the first pictures I took the first time I visited Yellowstone. It's impossible to capture the depth one feels in the blue pools, and the infinite fractal details on the crystals that form on the edges.
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