Gods color pallet.
Ye Kaun chitrakaar hai,
Ye Kaun chitrakaar hai
(Who is the painter,who is the painter, who created this)
The forgotten lines of a famous Hindi song sung by Mukesh glorifying the beauty of nature and wonders about the creativity of the creator of nature , was coming to my mind again and again as I strolled in this wonder of the world ,the ‘Geyser garden’ which looked like unwashed color pallet left by god.The scene was unbelievable.
The rest of the group with me where more interested in knowing the facts about geysers which goes as this.
Geysers are hot springs that erupt periodically. The eruptions is the result of super heated water below ground becoming trapped in the channels leading to the surface. The deep water can not vaporize because of the weight of the water above. Instead steam is sent upwards in bubbles ,collecting in channels tight spots until they become clogged,leading to a point where the bubbles lift tabove causing the geyser to over flow.This causes the pressures to decrease until suddenly violent boiling occurs producing tremendous volume of stem which forces the water out, this is an eruption in the form of fountain geysers or cone geysers.
But what enthralled me was the colors created by the chemical reactions.The orange color is due to pigmented bacteria of the microbial mats, and the blue color to refracted skylight. The principal pigment for photosynthesis is chlorophyll, which is green. However, chlorophyll is sometimes masked by carotenoids, pigments related to vitamin A, which are orange, yellow, or red. Carotenoids protect the cells from the bright sunlight that occurs in Yellowstone, especially during the summer.
Ye Kaun chitrakaar hai ….
Yeh kis kavee kee kalpana kaa chamtkar hai.
( which poets imagination?)
Humming the lines ,the wooden path I walked took me through this wonderful color spread of Geysers aptly named for the way they looked, like Plume,Beehive,Lion group, Doublet pool, Giantess,Crested pool,Beauty pool, Chromatic pool,morning glory and above all the ‘Old faithful’ which erupts at a regular interval of 90 minutes which lasts for five minutes and the water reaches the height of 184 feet.
This year marked the 140th anniversary of the worlds first national park on March 1 1872. It was a quite a long way from NYC to Yellowstone National Park. But it was worth every single minute and every penny spent. The park is located in the U.S sate of Wyoming. It also extends to Montana and Idaho. This is the first national park in the world. and is known for the Geysers and wildlife and subalpine forests.
Driving is a basic necessity in this area and we had the luxury of the car as well as a competent, some times bossy but caring driver,Avi our son who was also the master mind behind the tour.The five drive trip took us in and around Yellow stone and Grand Teton Nation parks.
The entry for yellow stone and grand Teton national parks cost $25 for a non commercial vehicle for seven days.Stay was in two beautiful cottages, the experience which itself was worth the tour.
it was place of “All God made” and maintained as it is with minimum interference by man.That was a beauty .