Monthly Archives: October 2014

Firehole River

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August 2014 – Wyoming, Yellowstone Park

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

…and this is where about 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of thermal water from the Grand Prismatic Spring is poured every minute of the day. Firehole River is one of the most interesting water attractions in the Park due to its pathway through Yellowstone. Firehole begins in the wilderness as a stream until it reaches the three major geyser basins of the area with geothermal activity relating to the volcanoes. The temperatures increase and some of the underground water will gush into the river rather than explode out of the geysers. The picture speaks for itself…

Prism of Light

IMG_0686.JPG August 2014 – Wyoming, Yellowstone Park

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest and one of the most brilliant of Yellowstone’s many colorful hot springs. The high temperature of its water (70°C) ensures that the spring is often cloaked in steam. Deep beneath us, magma from an active volcano heats water that rises to the surface through fissures in the rocks. The result is a hot spring that pours hot water into the Firehole River. The yellow, orange, and brown colors encircling the hot spring are caused by thermophiles (heat-loving microorganisms also captured in ‘Living color’ photo).

According to some scientist, if this supervolcano erupts, It could blast 240 cubic miles of ash, rocks and lava into the atmosphere, rendering about two-thirds of the nation immediately uninhabitable and plunge the world into a “nuclear winter.” While most scientists believe the probability of a major eruption is very small, there are signs that have some analysts worried….

Sunlight

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August 2014 – Moab, Arches National Park

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

As not all sun is created equal, another exercise from a photography course is shooting in full sun. With nothing to block the light, choosing the right time of day to shoot is even more important. Middle of the day is the most difficult time of day to shoot since the light is coming from overhead.

Located just 5 miles north of Moab is Arches National Park, which contains the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Although over 2,000 arches are located within the park, you can also find an outstanding variety of other geological formations such as colossal sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, soaring pinnacles and dwarf landscaping trees.

A paved scenic drive took us to many of the major viewpoints within the park while many easy trails led us right up to many of the largest arches. While hiking on a well used trail in the middle of the day, a dried up dwarf tree got my attention and I instantly decided to capture its silhouette blocking out the sunlight…what do you think of the outcome?