Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Nymph Lake

Yellowstone National Park is dotted with many small lakes. Many of these lakes were formed as a result of the collapsed Yellowstone Caldera, this is the remnants of the huge volcano that once encompassed much of the area where Yellowstone currently stands. This volcano erupted about 640,000 years ago in what is referred to as a supereruption. Once much of the magma had spewed forth the volcano collapsed in on itself forming a caldera.
One of the lakes that sits a bit north of the Norris Geyser Basin is Nymph Lake. Nymph sits in a very geologically active part of the park. In 2003 a long fissure appeared on the hillside above Nymph and began venting steam. This year all the excitement came from the wolf pack that had made a kill on the edge of the lake with in view of the Grand loop Road. Unfortunately this happened a couple of days before we arrived and all the we found at Nymph were some eagles and crows cleaning the bones of the kill, a lot of people waiting around hoping that the wolves would return, and this great view.

8 comments:

Chris said...

Hi,
Very nice to learn a bit more about this area! I did not know that! The pictures have beautiful colours!

Larry D said...

Sorry to hear you missed the wolves, Ive only seen one in the wild In Northern Minnesota. Great photos and interesting place.

J Bar said...

Beautiful shots.
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floreta said...

looks very peaceful.

eileeninmd said...

Great Photos of one of my favorites places! I love YELLOWSTONE!

Bim said...

Very atmospheric place - the water looks like its lower than ususal?

Coffeedoff said...

Lovely photos. The water looks so calm and a great reflection

Arija said...

A great pity you missed the wolves, I was so looking forward to them. Love those clear reflections in the second shot.