Today I would like to share with you more colourful photo as compared to my previous posts. In fact this place is one of the most colourful that I have ever seen, very well known Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.
The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the United States, and the third largest in the world, after Frying Pan Lake in New Zealand and Boiling Lake in Dominica. It is located in the Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone.
In 1871, Grand Prismatic Spring was discovered and named by the Hayden Expedition for its striking coloration (Prismatic = spectral colours).
More info to colours:
A hot spring, the most common hydrothermal feature of Yellowstone, is an area where heated water can easily rise through cracks and fractures in the earth’s surface. The movement of water is not blocked by mineral deposits. Very hot water cools as it reaches the surface, sinks, and is replaced by hotter water from beneath. This circulation of water is fairly continuous and does not result in geyser eruptions. At Grand Prismatic Springs, siliceous sinter is precipitated from the silica-rich water and is deposited along the edge of the pool. This is represented by the WHITE mineral deposits furthest from the colorful edge of the hot spring.
The breathtaking colors are attributed to the various species of thermophilic bacteria living in the spring. The BLUE water in the center is very hot, but it may support chemotrophic life – a chemotroph is an organism that uses chemicals for a source of energy. As you move farther from the heat source of the spring, life begins to flourish. The cyanobacteria – aquatic photosynthesizing bacteria - that live at the edges of Grand Prismatic Spring cover the color spectrum including YELLOW, GREEN, ORANGE, RED, and BROWN.
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dta (62842) 2012-08-27 13:12
Hello Suzana ,
Fantastic ; Exceptional ! An incredible landscape . I can understand why this place is so visited .
Oustanding contrast of colors and graphism .
Thanks for the share .
corjan3 (2025) 2012-08-27 13:46
What an unusual and beautiful image. Why is it called "Prismatic" Spring? What causes the "Red" colours - is it iron oxide? Surely not lava? Why the different patterns? Pity you tell us so little. I must read up about this spot. Thank you and best wishes.
janjan1897 (835) 2012-08-27 14:10
What a fascinating landscape ! The colours are so incredible it looks as though it was from another world. You almost made an abstract painting of it, perfectly framed for a great visual impact, with fabulous colours and textures. Beautiful work !
Thanks for sharing your vision of the beauty of nature and your taste for photography.
marabu61 (7351) 2012-08-27 14:13
A landscape almost from another planet. This is superb. The colors are simply amazing, your framing perfect and the lost people just add a nice sense of scale here.
Very well seen and superbly executed.
Have a great week
daddo (22604) 2012-08-27 16:28
Zdravo Zuzana. Incredible- a stunning blend of warm and cool colours. The walkway and tiny figures reveal how large the place is. Excellent POV. Pozdrav. Klaudio.
CLODO (28924) 2012-08-28 0:45
Good POV to incorporate the rays of orange hue against the deep blue pond, and also to have some persons giving the scale of the scene. Explosive colors!
Angshu (54689) 2012-08-28 1:20
Many pictures from this place...each unique in their own right! This is also unqiue thanks to your composition, in a radial plan having the orange streams radiate from the thermal blue pool. The people provide idea of scale. Fine work!
zanzi (13528) 2012-08-28 12:47
Exceptional painting that you show us here.
A lot of souvenirs come back in my mind.
I like the colors, but more importantly the composition.
bukitgolfb301 (34474) 2012-08-29 1:06
Hi dear Zuzana
Amazing scene, it is very difficut to see this is form this world. Very very sharp and clear image. Perfect color gradation you present. Thanks for your sharing and have a good day!
Takero from Tokyo
abmdsudi (39470) 2012-08-30 7:17
What a spectacular nature wonder with bags of strange interests around as seen here. A good balanced composition in subtle light with interesting layers of various colors and the graduation are incredibly beautiful. The tiny figs reflect the true vastness and strategically positioned in the compo and strikingly standout for a fantasctic natural scene. The hot blue eyecatching water adds superb contrast with the evaporating steam add that special atmosphere. I especially love the textures in the fg and the 'flowing' lava-like formation. This is really super capture never seen before a sure great TE contributuion, delicate and very pretty.
Great shot, TFS
gildasjan (40792) 2012-08-31 23:58
C'est un vraiment un plaisir pour les yeux cette superbe association de couleurs.Très belle réalisation.
willperrett (5862) 2012-09-11 4:30
What a stunning location and a stunning photograph which really does it justice. As Claude (Clodo) says, the people are an important element in the composition to add a sense of scale, but of course it's the colours that are what this image is all about, and they are superb! Good work.
photoray (10097) 2014-02-25 17:47
Excellent image of the Grand Prismatic Spring, one of the most unique and colorful features of Yellowstone, and accessible as shown by a boardwalk.
- Copyright: Zuzana Stefkova (Zuzana_Stefkova) (997)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-29
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): CLODO's SELECTION XIV, Les plus beaux paysages du monde ... suite . [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-27 12:58