On the first day in Yellowstone we drove southward from Gardiner through Mammoth,
stopping at the terraces on the way. Then it was around to the southeast corner of the park,
to Yellowstone Lake, where we took the trail out to Storm Point.
Immediately south of Mammoth Hot Springs are the terraces,
where hot spring water laced with silica forms stairstep pools.
The terrace flows are extensive, turning darker where underground shifts
have caused the spring waters to stop flowing and the terraces have dried.
Other changes cause the flows to expand, surrounding and killing
some of the plant life.
Not all of the plants at the terraces have been overtaken by the silica springs.
On the side of the road north of the Yellowstone Lake there are
views of the Yellowstone river as it meanders across a broad valley.
Another view of the Yellowstone River and the surrounding hills.
Yellowstone Lake is a basin created largely by successive volcanic
eruptions that left behind massive craters.
The eastern part of the Storm Trail loop runs along the shoreline
of the northern end of the lake.
Our crew looking for marmots, which were common at this point just north of Storm Point.
The furthest part of the Storm Trail loop arrives at a rocky outcrop on Storm Point.
The western part of the Storm Trail loop passes through dense stands of lodgepole pines.
The pictures of this trip are divided into several sets: