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Grand Prismatic is the largest hot spring in the United States. Approximately 250 × 300 feet (80 × 90m) around and 160 feet (50m) deep, it discharges an estimated 560 gallons (2,100 L) of 160°F (70°C) water per minute.This natural caldron of rainbow color is the result of microbial mats that grow in its mineral-rich water. Bacteria produce colors ranging from green to red depending on the temperature of the water which favors one pigmented bacterium over another. In summer, the mats tend to be orange and red, whereas in the winter the mats are usually dark green.

Thank you Wikipedia for explaining the science of this natural wonder. But no words can describe experiencing Grand Prismatic in person… the heat of wind soaked with steam, a geologic mix of minerals stirred into the air, water sizzling into vapor below your feet and the sounds of amazement as awestruck visitors behold color so vivid even the steam is bright aqua and orange.

Grand Prismatic Spring, Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming USA
Shot handheld using Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF16-35 f/2.8L II USM lens
Focal length 26mm, 1/60 second at f/14, ISO 100

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During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • Owed to Nature
    Owed to Natureover 1 year ago

    Description  by Owed to Nature

    Grand Prismatic is the largest hot spring in the United States. Approximately 250 × 300 feet (80 × 90m) around and 160 feet (50m) deep, it discharges an estimated 560 gallons (2,100 L) of 160°F (70°C) water per minute.This natural caldron of rainbow color is the result of microbial mats that grow in its mineral-rich water. Bacteria produce colors ranging from green to red depending on the temperature of the water which favors one pigmented bacterium over another. In summer, the mats tend to be orange and red, whereas in the winter the mats are usually dark green.

    Thank you Wikipedia for explaining the science of this natural wonder. But no words can describe experiencing Grand Prismatic in person… the heat of wind soaked with steam, a geologic mix of minerals stirred into the air, water sizzling into vapor below your feet and the sounds of amazement as awestruck visitors behold color so vivid even the steam is bright aqua and orange.
    Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming USA

  • – Owed to Nature

  • Kent Keller
    Kent Kellerover 1 year ago

    Such an amazing place and a beautiful image Sylvia!!!

  • You said it Kent… truly an amazing place. And Grand Prismatic Spring had me utterly spellbound. Thank You Kent!!!

    – Owed to Nature

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 1 year ago

    amazing shot xx

  • Such a unique and fantastic place. You have to see it to believe it. Hope you’ve gotten or get the chance to experience Yellowstone. It really is an Amazing place.

    – Owed to Nature

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 1 year ago

    Wowzer!! Great image Sylvia.

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Thank you Derek! You really know how to put a big ol’ smile on my face. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you so much Larry!

    – Owed to Nature

  • trish725
    trish725over 1 year ago

  • Can’t thank you enough Trish… but I’ll try. ;-) THANK YOU!!!

    – Owed to Nature

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ

    Congratulations on your feature nicely done and presented

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  • Many more Thanks Bonita! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • margaret hanks
    margaret hanksover 1 year ago

    I love this photo the colours are amazing

  • Thank you Margaret! The most amazing thing is that this photo is totally natural… There is no artist who can compete with the Hand of Nature in Yellowstone… ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • trueblvr
    trueblvrover 1 year ago

    well look at you…two Features….congratulations

  • Greatly appreciate your kindness, generosity and comments. Many thanks… at least two times over! ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • kostolany244
    kostolany244over 1 year ago

    15 June 2013

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  • Thank you so very much! Greatly appreciate your Feature and generosity… Sylvia

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