Saturday, September 22, 2012

Airport Literature, Billings, Montana

Yes, I did flip through it.  Yes, its as horrid as it looks.  I wanted to buy it sooooo bad... and then gift it to Mark.

Driving through Montana

Out the window of my rental car, heading from Yellowstone back to Billings, Montana.

Speed limit 75 mph!  Which means people will happily go, like, 90 mph!  Only in a state with long long flat roads can this fly: Pennsylvanian roads are far too hilly and twisty for a speed limit like that...

Friday, September 21, 2012

Animals Other than Buffles

I saw plenty of animals aside from buffles, but not nearly as many.

This is, Wikipedia tells me, a Lady Elk.
There's a little white canine-ish guy in the mid-ground.  I think he was a coyote.  He was pretty far away, but one wandered much closer by while I was at some boiling mud bogs.  I was just too slow when it came to operating the photographing machine at that moment...
And heading out of Yellowstone, this time through the North Gate, back into Montana.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mammoth Hot Springs

This was the first picture I took at the Mammoth Hot Springs.  Even now, I am amazed that I was the only person laughing (like a ten-year old) and taking a picture.  Mammoth Restroom. Ha!
Apparently the hot springs change on an unpredictable basis, and springs which were active for some time will suddenly stop flowing, and new ones will begin.  The rusty yellow/orange is a functioning spring: the grey is nonfunctioning.

Very ashy looking.
This boardwalk (of course, another boardwalk) was fabulous and took you way up from the valley.  The view kept getting better and better.

At one point, probably after the first time it started sort-of-raining, when I reached what was pretty much the highest points of the boardwalk, the photos started to turn fabulously and epically sinister.

C'est moi!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Artist's Paint Pots

These boiling pools of mud are nestled against a hillside.  But I'm going to concentrate on detail snaps as opposed to overalls.  Just to vary it up.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Fountain Paint Pots

The 'Fountain Paint Pots' sound friendly, but they're actually boiling mud pits.
This is the approach to the 'paint pots' - through the Dead Marshes, outside Mordor - again walking on a boardwalk.  Gollum says, don't follow the lights.

Just a gentle reminder.  Some of the other warning signs elaborate further on gruesome ways that you'll be injured if you step off of the boardwalk.
And there they are, all of a sudden.  Pine trees, then bam!  Boiling pots of mud.

There is also a nearby geyser, to which the boardwalk will take you.  The yellow around it are sulfur deposits.