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The weather forecast promised rain for our last day in Yellowstone, and the skies certainly looked threatening, but the showers didn't happen upon us until we reached the Grand Tetons.

What would be a visit to Yellowstone without touring the geysers and hot springs in the Old Faithful area? Non-touristy, for one thing, and seeing as how we are tourists and you are touring through us, after leaving our backcountry campsite in Sentinel Meadows, we headed for the geyser basins...

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White Dome Geyser. Apparently, despite the large cone, this geyser is only a thin spray. I didn't see the spray--or care much to--I was just thrilled with those menacing clouds of doom looming over the dramatically-colored cone.

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This tiny fellow--Pink Cone Geyser--was one of my favorites, again because of the warm colors under those lowering clouds.

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Opal Pool. Look, there is some blue sky under all that black and gray.

After oggling all that geothermal beauty, we decided to drive through the dark down to the Grand Tetons. We slept in the car in the parking lot of the Chapel of the Sacred Heart and woke to the Tetons looming over Jackson Lake just on the other side of our windshield.

Those dratted clouds, so lovely in photos, started pouring down on us, and we only had time for a quick breakfast by String Lake before we had to seek shelter in the car.

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We decided to head to Jackson to spend the night in a hotel in hopes that the weather would clear up the next day. Alas, aside from a few, very brief, rays, the day remained gloomy. Julien did spy two moose--a cow and her large calf--moseying through the sagebrush flats on our way to Jackson, so, score for the wildlife count. The moose were, sadly, too far to photograph.

The weather looks to remain glum until Thursday or Friday, so we're packing it in for the Big Nipples and heading for Kemmerer to chisel for fossils.

If you want to see more (and different) photos* of the trip from Buffalo, WY to Yellowstone, check out mana_trini 's blog.

*Keep in mind that the pics we share here aren't our best photos.  We're hoping (fingers crossed, everyone) to make a book out of our trip and needs must keep some good goodies up our sleeves.

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frigg
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
Wow, and these are not your best photos??? *impressed*
mnfaure
Oct. 21st, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
No, we are selfishly guarding those. :)
navicat
Oct. 21st, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
Ooooooooh! *has awe*
mnfaure
Oct. 21st, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
*shares awe* Contrary to what I said one post ago, it is a pretty awesome place.
jongibbs
Oct. 21st, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
Wow! Those first three could be from the set of a sci-fi movie :)
mnfaure
Oct. 21st, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
that's exactly what I told Julien. :D
dlandon
Oct. 21st, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
the third pic
With the pool is absolutely gorgeous.

- D
clarentine
Oct. 21st, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
Re: the third pic
Seconded - between the pool and the perfectly geometric line of the clouds, it looks positively airbrushed. Awesome!
mnfaure
Oct. 21st, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: the third pic
t looks positively airbrushed.

Yeah, and I swear I didn't touch it, not even the color. I have the new Canon 5D Mark II to thank for that. :D
mnfaure
Oct. 21st, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: the third pic
Yeah, I was happy I was able to do justice to at least one of the pools. The colors were to die for.
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