Green algae cover the travertine surrounding Nevada’s Fly Geyser

Camera/lens: Canon EOS-3, Canon TS-E 24/3.5L
Place: Black Rock desert, Nevada, USA
Favoritings / views: 142 / 2241 (Jan 14, 2012)


fly geyser, geothermal, hot spring, landscape, nevada, travertine, black rock, desert, green, algea

Travel & Nature photographer who currently resides in Frisco, Texas

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  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezalmost 4 years ago

    fascinating place Inge…great capture! :O)

  • Thank you very much, it is an unusual place indeed.

    – Inge Johnsson

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 4 years ago

    Very other-worldly. If you’d said you created this entirely in some digital program out of your imagination, I’d have believed it! Great shot.

  • Ha ha, I see what you mean. No this is a real place although the actual geyser was caused by some folks accidentally drilling into a geothermal spring in the early 1900’s. Thanks!

    – Inge Johnsson

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinalmost 4 years ago

    Good lord! For more than a minute I thought this was a fountain painted in the strongest of hues … that this is natural is most amazing!
    Fascinating! (Right I’m off to google Green Fly Geyser)

  • Thanks Vikram. It’s actually called Fly Geyser in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. This side of the geyser gets less of the hot spring water spray and has much more of these green algae. It’s unfortunately on private land.

    – Inge Johnsson

  • Peter Zentjens
    Peter Zentjensalmost 4 years ago

    What a beautiful thing of nature with such incredible colours! Gorgeously captured, love it!

  • Thank you Peter. It is an unbelievable place, but unfortunately on private land. I had special permission from the caretaker to photograph this beauty.

    – Inge Johnsson

  • Dave Lawrance
    Dave Lawrancealmost 4 years ago

    Amazing shot. A very unusual scene and well captured.

  • Thank you very much for the kind words, Dave!

    – Inge Johnsson

  • michellerena
    michellerenaalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture, what stunning place

  • Thank you Michelle, this is a very special place.

    – Inge Johnsson

  • Scott Carr
    Scott Carralmost 4 years ago

    Amazing image, it looks so surreal.

  • Thanks, it was surreal to visit it too, and to wade around in this hot geothermal spring water.

    – Inge Johnsson

  • LarsvandeGoor
    LarsvandeGooralmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you very much, Lars :-)

    – Inge Johnsson

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonalmost 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness, what a stunning image, I love the colours
    , gorgeous capture :o)

  • Than for looking and the kind words, Josie

    – Inge Johnsson

  • Zane Paxton
    Zane Paxtonalmost 4 years ago

    Sweet shot! I’ve always wanted to go see this…. I understand it is a bit hard to find.

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