Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fire and brimstone—literally

Geysers smell like sulphur, known in the olden days as brimstone. Since Yellowstone has the largest concentration of geysers on the planet, there are a lot of areas that smell like, well, really bad farts. But it's nature, right? So it's wonderful.

Besides the sulfur aroma, the northwest corner of Yellowstone currently smells like smoke, because of a fire. But that's sort of a good thing, like the way lighting a match helps counter the odors of flatulence. At least that's what I told myself.


  1. There's no such thing as forest service land.It's National Forest,Dodo.

    1. It's one thing to be the type of boorish person who quibbles over non-critical technicalities. But juvenile insults take it to a new low.

  2. I've been there so many times (lived 10 years in Montana) and it always seems the smell is horrible until I am closeup to the thermal features. I think the sense of wonder suddenly overrides the sense of smell. As usual, you have stunning photos for us.