Lodge Pole Pines at Celestine Pool in Yellowstone National Park

Lodge Pole Pines at Celestine Pool © 2010 Bo Mackison

Celestine Pool, a hot spring pool at Fountain Paint Pots in Yellowstone National Park, has repeatedly overflowed into this stand of lodge pole pines. The minerals in the pool were absorbed into the trunks of these trees and will eventually turn the trees completely white.

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  1. What a glorious place. The stark and barren trees are set perfectly against that glorious blue sky. Your photos have gone to a whole new level.

  2. I really like the perspective and the starkness as well as the lines both vertical and horizontal of the capture. Lovely!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Anna, it’s a great place to photograph. You are right about all those lines — they really give lots of options for composition.

  3. Beautiful work Bo…this also screams for a b&w conversion !!

  4. Simply lovely, and educational, too. Yes, would be outstanding in B&W, too, not that it isn’t already!

  5. Can’t wait to see the Yosemite series. This is gorgeous. Serene and stark and the same time.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      I’m visiting quite a few National Parks in the west. Sadly, not Yosemite this time. (I wish!) But Grand Canyon will be coming soon…

  6. It’s so stark, yet beautiful. Wonderful, Bo. 🙂

  7. Beautiful shot, Bo! Don’t you love those blue skies?

  8. Stiking sky. Great contrast. I’d like to see it in sepia.

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