This is an updated version of an original photo I took in 2008. This last summer of 2012 I returned to the Morning Glory Poolaken located in the Upper Gyser Basin, Yellowstone, National Park , Wyoming, USA. The hot spring’s neon green is formed by cyanobacteria living on the hot spring walls. Yellow and orange form a ring around the outer pool. The color is the result of temperatures lower than 154.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Simple bacteria and algae growth create all this beauty.
To try to comprehend the mysteries of what happens below the surface, deep in the earth, is an awe inspiring exersize. The power stored away in this location cannot really be understood in human terms, but the beauty can be appreciated.
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 24mm – 105 mm L Series Lens
Focal Length 24 mm
F / 11
Exposure 1/30th Second