The first time someone photographs a new phenomenon they get to name it, right? I call this a “Steamtrey”. [edit: on Flickr, someone recommended “Treynado”.] Well this shot took forever to get just right… The weather was perfect for the steam to come off the geothermal area and the wind patterns were even more perfect to whip up the steam into a 30-foot high tornado.
All that red in the foreground is a special bacteria that has formed in the super-heated water.
I didn’t change the colors here!!!! Let’s get that right out of the way. 🙂
I came to visit a friend in Yellowstone National Park over the weekend and for a few days next week. He has a beautiful ranch on the edge of the park in Montana and is inviting up a fairly eclectic group of intellectuals, mostly associated around various Libertarian think-tanks with which I am involved. I know it all sounds a bit heady, but it’s one of my fun academic cerebral diversions.
There are daily and nightly TED-like talks from plant biologists, entrepreneurs, geneticists, paleontologists, artists, and yours truly (who is giving a possibly-in-comparison presentation on humans evolving into a super-organism via online games and social networks).
The picture here was taken on the summer solstice in thin-crusted geothermal hotbed of the Norris Geysers. This particular place was not too far from something called the “whirlygig” (or somesuch).
The various colors are made from two merging rivers, each one with a dramatically different temperature. Different color bacteria live in each temperature of water – the red bacteria was over 160 degrees and the green was below 160. If anyone else was there during this same time, they can confirm the quirky nature of these dual rivers running in the same channel! 🙂
This was shot outside the defensive gatehouse of Angkor Wat with a backdrop of the moat in the distance. I also used the new technique here that I will be detailing in an upcoming tutorial. This is an HDR shot, which you can read about in my previous tutorial here.
I recently read a funny thing on Boing Boing where a another guy had visited Disney World and had a similar experience to me.Â When you go there with your kids for the first time, you discover some secret area of your brain that Disney had been pre-wiring for the past thirty years that suddenly got a shock as soon as I entered the park, releasing an otherworldly flow of endorphins.
I think I like the reflections in the water best in this one.