Janet Jones is an amateur naturalist living in Cody, Wyoming.

Be Outside • Take Notes

Welcome! I’m Janet Jones, a writer/photographer/blogger with a background in teaching. I love to explore the world around me and keep field journals.  Much of this website is an extension of my field journals and hopefully an invitation for you to explore the world around you as well as Yellowstone.



From the changes in the seasons (Phenology) to the changes in the thermal features, and to travel tips to make your trip to Yellowstone easier…take a look!

Yellowstone Travel
Yellowstone 101

Get to know the Geysers

Follow the Seasons

The Greater Yellowstone Area

With so much to explore, Yellowstone is so vast that one lifetime is not enough to “see it all.”

Yellowstone Communities (5 gateway and 1 in yellowstone)

Seasons (2 commercial seasons)

Thermal Features (a conservative estmiate)

 Recent Posts

I write about front country geysers and hot springs, share my photography and observe the changing seasons. I also share some travel tips for Yellowstone from a local’s viewpoint.

Observations about the Area Above Plume Geyser March 2023

Observations about the Area Above Plume Geyser March 2023

Last month I shared this photo on social media: Social media doesn't allow in-depth thoughts. I want to share those here. But first, I want to help you get your bearings if you still need to become familiar with the thermal features in the area.   HISTORY OF THE...

The Heart of Yellowstone

The Heart of Yellowstone

Grand Prismatic Spring is arguably the most impressive thermal feature in Yellowstone. It's the third largest hot spring in the world (the other two are in New Zealand, if you're wondering). Its rainbow of colors are created by the microbes that grow in hot water. The...

Field Journal Entry: West Thumb 18 May 2020

Field Journal Entry: West Thumb 18 May 2020

As I work through my photos and notes to add to my field journal, I'm adding in the information here as well. When the Wyoming gates opened on May 18, 2020, my first stop for documentation photos of the thermal features was at West Thumb. In this post, I share the...

SnowMoon Photography

Janet's Books

I’ve written two editions of a guide book to West Thumb Geyser Basin. Another book is in the works that’s more general about the thermal features in Yellowstone slated for publication in late 2020/early 2021.


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