Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872, is located primarily
in the state of Wyoming. Yellowstone, widely
held to be the first national park in the world, is known for its wildlife
and its many geothermal features, especially
Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park. It has
many types of ecosystems, but the subalpine
forest is dominant.
(L) A sign board of Yellowstone National Park(R) The south entrance of
Yewllowstone National Park
A ranger at a park entrance welcomes a visitor: A fee to Yellowstone and
Grand Teton Parks for a private car, $25.00, good for one week
(L) Yellowstone Forest Reserve (R) Mud volcano, Yellowstone National Park
Lewis River, Yellowstone National Park
Marshy meadows and ducks, Yellowstone National Park
The Continental Divide of the Americas or Great Divide, is the name given
to the principal, and largely mountainous,
hydrological divide of the Americas that separates the watersheds that
drain into the Pacific Ocean from those river
systems that drain into the Atlantic Ocean. There are many other hydrological
divides in the Americas. However,
the Great Divide is by far the most prominent of these because it tends
to follow a line of high peaks along the main
ranges of the Rocky Mountains in North America, at a generally much higher
elevation than the other divides.
Continental Divide, Elevation:2518m above sea level
The Yellowstone fires of 1988 together formed the largest wildfire in the
recorded history of the Yellowstone National
Park. Starting as many smaller individual fires, the flames spread quickly
out of control with increasing winds and
drought and combined into one large conflagration, which burned for several
months. The fires almost destroyed two
major visitor destinations and, in September 1988. The entire park was
closed to all non-emergency personnel for
the first time in its history. Only the arrival of cool and moist weather
in the late autumn brought the fires to an end.
A 36 percent of the park was affected by the wildfires.
Yellowstone Lake and snow-capped mountains
A fire in Yellowstone, Wyoming: Date and author unknown, probably photographed
(L) Dead snags still stand over 20 years after the extensive fires in Yellowstone.
(R) Burned trees of the 1988 fire at Yellowstone
(L) A burned tree of 1988 major fire in Yellowstone National Park (R) Yellowstone
Lake Yellowstone Hotel stands besides of Yellowstone Lake.
A bar and dinning room of the Lake Yellowstone Hotel
The Mud Volcano Group, on the west side of the road and Yellowstone River,
has a one mile loop trail that encounters
features like Dragons Mouth Spring, a small flooded cave was a gas noisily
pushes aside the water at regular intervals.
(L) Mud volcano is located north to Fishing Village, Yellowstone National
(R) Guide map and warning notice of the risk of trails around the geysers.
(L) Mud volcano (R) Dragons Mouth Spring. Both geysers are in the Mud Volcano
Area, Yellowstone National Park.
(L) Mud volcano (M) Dragons Mouth Spring. Both geysers are in the Mud Volcano
(R) The Mud Volcano thermal area, Yellowstone National Park
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Upper Yellowstone Falls
The upper falls is 33 m high. The brink of the upper falls marks the junction
between a hard rhyolite lava flow and weaker
glassy lava that has been more heavily eroded.
Lower Yellowstone Falls
The lower falls is 94 m high. It is almost two times higher than Niagara.
It is still the largest volume major waterfall in the
Rocky Mountains of the United States. The volume of water flowing over
the falls can vary, from 240m3 at peak, decreasing
to 19m3 in the fall.
(L) A picture of the river above the Upper Falls (R) Upper Falls, Yellowstone
A guide map of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
(L) A guide map of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (R) A swift current
of the Upper Falls, Yellowstone National Park
A great water stream was seen from the point of Brink of Upper Falls of
Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park.
A huge amount of water is flowing down at the upper falls, Yellowstone
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
(L) Artist Pont guide plate (R) Lower Falls, Yellowstone National Park*
This was photographed in 1962 by Dr. Junhaku Miayamoto.
A view to the west from Artist Point along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
River The lower fall is in the back.
(L) Red Rock trail is the place to see the lower fall much closer.(R) A
squirrel in Yellowstone National Park
Red Rock Point is before the lower falls.
(L) Canyon Visitor Education Center, Yellowstone National Park
(R) Cascade Lodge at Canyon Village, Yellowstone National Park
Canyon Lodge: It was snowing at times in the mid-June 2012.
Cascade Lodge and Cafeteria at Canyon Village in the morning, Yellowstone
Mount Washburn is 3,116 m high, and the southern trail to Mt. Washburn
begins at Dunraven Pass parking area.
(L) A wide view from a trail to Mount Washburn (R) A squirrel beside a
Mount Washburn trail
(L) Mount Washburn trail Dunraven Pass parking area is with an altitude
gain of 424 m in 4.8 km,
We abandoned to go up to the summit because of a deep deposited snow on
(R) The summit of Mount Washburn
A sheep on the Mount Washburn slope: These pictures were taken by Dr. Junhaku
Miyamoto, in July 1974.
A marmot was observed on the rock along the way to Mount Washburn.
(L) A chipmunk at Mount Washburn (R) Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone national
Park at Mount Washburn area
Tower Fall is a waterfall on Tower Creek in the northeastern region of
Yellowstone National Park. It is located at 910 m
upstream from the Creek's confluence with the Yellowstone River. The fall
plunges 40 m. Its name comes from the rock
pinnacles at the top of the fall.
Tower Fall, Yellowstone National Park
You can see a group of mountain goats at the top of rock, just above the
Tower Fall: right upper corner of the above left photograph.
The writer is very thankful to a young lady who handed a telescope to see
the details at this time.
Columnar basalt flows in Yellowstone National Park
(L) Grizzly bear was sitting beside the driver's seat of a self-owned car:
This was photographed in summer 1962, by Dr. Junhaku Miyamoto.
(R) Black bears ask for bait at a visitor's car: This scene was often observed
in the 1960s.
Caution: A husband and wife's back country-hike along a popular trail turned
tragic when they stumbled upon a grizzly bear and her cubs.
A man was mauled to death, at the Wapiti Lake Trail in Yellowstone National
Park, in July 2011.
American black bear
(L) American black bear (R) Wild rabbit
(L) A reintroduced gray wolf after 1995 in Yellowstone National Park
(R) A wolf at Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park: photo by Mike Cline
in August 2011.
A bison and elk, we observed along the Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone National
A bison in the riverside of the Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone National Park:
The right photograph showes that a bison is doing a dust bathing.
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All photographs were taken in June 2012, unless otherwise described.
The article was written in July 2012, by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.