Watching Ledge Spring Erupt

Ledge Spring is one of the thermal features at West Thumb that has benefited from the energy increase that started last August with the appearance of "Waterfall Geyser." In just a few days, this spring when from lower water and a crater lined with brown microbes to...

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Updates from West Thumb Early June 2017

The thermal energy continues to slowly increase at West Thumb Geyser Basin. This dynamic geyser basin is used to energy shifts, but this one is pretty good and will be fun to watch what happens over the summer. At best, I'm hoping to see another geyser or two...

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Fountain Paint Pots area update early June 2017

More changes happening in Yellowstone - which really isn't news, but change is always fun to watch. This time it's in the Lower Geyser Basin in the Fountain Paint Pots area. A new vent has opened up near Clepsydra Geyser that's known to be a fairly constant performer...

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Spasmodic Geyser Observations 23 April 2017

It's sometimes easiest to understand field notes by simply seeing how someone else keeps theirs. And since the Sawmill Group is acting differently this spring, I want to get my field notes out where others can see them for themselves. This way, if others decide to...

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Sawmill Geyser is taking a break

As the summer 2017 season in Yellowstone starts to bring in more reports, there are some changes happening in the Sawmill Group. SAWMILL GROUP WHERE ARE THEY AND WHICH ONES ARE THEY? The Sawmill Group of thermal features is located near Grand Geyser. T. Scott Bryan's...

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Updates from West Thumb – Early May 2017

Last week I took a survey flight with Choice Aviation mainly to check on the thermal features at West Thumb - in particular, I wanted to see if the geyser that started to erupt last August was still active or if the energy had shifted away from it. Below is a...

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Taking a Flight over Yellowstone

I just couldn’t stand it any longer – wondering what has happened over at West Thumb with the new geyser that broke out last summer. I heard that it was still active as of closing day of the winter season from a ranger over at West Thumb/Grant. A friend of mine who’s...

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This Week in the Life

Today is the start of Ali Edwards' Week in the Life - and what a week it's going to be! Here in the greater Yellowstone area, this next weekend is opening weekend for the north and west entrances (the east entrance is still a few weeks away). It's our first chance to...

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Why is it called Black Pool when it’s blue?

One of the most often asked questions at West Thumb Geyser Basin is, "Why is it called Black Pool when it's blue?" This NPS photo from 1978 shows how it used to look, which is black. The microbes lining the surface of the crater were said to be a dark orange or brown...

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Living a well-storied life

Awhile back, I listened to a podcast where the host stumbled onto the secret of living the best stories you can. Scrapbookers and memory keepers already know this. And it's why I started keeping a field journal of my life along with field notes and morning pages. It...

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Late March 2017 Phenology Report

It's been a gray, drizzly day today as I write this and the driveway is full of fallen catkins from the neighbor's aspen trees. Tomorrow has the forecast of snow showers followed by a day of sun and yet another system to move in after that. Daffodils and crocuses are...

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March 11 – Saturday Phenology Drive

The bluebirds are back! The image above comes from a friend of mine out in Wapiti who reported seeing the first ones arrive on March 10 this year. Often it's just the males first, but this year quite a few pairs showed up together and already house hunting. So...

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