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Sapphire Pool

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 14 September 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Sapphire Pool in Biscuit Basin, Yellowstone
Temperature 200-202°F Dimensions 18x30 feet. Sapphire Pool, named for its blue, crystal-clear water and for its resemblance to an Oriental sapphire, was once a placid hot pool. It was not until after the 1959 earthquake that major eruptions occurred. For several years following the earthquake powerful eruptions at two hour intervals reached 150 feet. The force of the eruptions caused the crater to double in size, destroying the biscuit-like formations around its edge, and the crystal-clear water became murky. By 1968 Sapphire ceased to function as a true geyser. Today Sapphire still retains its crystal-clear, blue water, and still violently boils and surges occasionally.

NIKON D5000 1/320 second F/9.0 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

With other words...when the Earth breathes, the pool surges to life! It must be so because only the Blue Planet can breathe blue!And....at such a temperature!!!!

14 Sep 2011 7:11am

Sterre from Netherlands

Great compostion, beautiful colors.
Un marvellous world.
5*

14 Sep 2011 7:14am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

La couleur de l'eau est extraordinaire ! Quel bel endroit !

14 Sep 2011 7:51am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Of incredible beauty, the water clarity is amazing. Splendid image and thank you for the explanation that accompanies it. Good day.

14 Sep 2011 9:21am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Isn't this a fantastic natural phenomenon? Yellowstone is amazing! Another place I need to get back to.

14 Sep 2011 10:11am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow...So beautiful !!

14 Sep 2011 10:53am

Laurent from not far from Lyon, France

what an incredible place! juste superb landscape.

14 Sep 2011 11:05am

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

A beautiful shot of one of natures wonders with an enlightening explanation. Thanks.

14 Sep 2011 11:57am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Wow! Such beautiful blue water, such amazing clarity! Thanks for the history, too- it makes the photo that much more special!

14 Sep 2011 12:54pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Gorgeous colour in this glorious natural phenomenon! Beautifully captured Barbara! ;-)

14 Sep 2011 1:10pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I can smell the sulfur now! Fine capture of the marvelous color of this pool. Excellent image.

14 Sep 2011 3:04pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Wow. Fantastic transparency of the blue water. Beautiful image.

14 Sep 2011 3:06pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Stunning composition with beautiful colors captured here! What an intriguing find. I need to make my way out to Yellowstone soon.

14 Sep 2011 4:11pm

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

very nice, blue

14 Sep 2011 5:20pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

This water looks so unreal – an amusing scenery photo !

14 Sep 2011 5:24pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

So many incredible nature attractions in this world...beautifully captured...thanks for the info..its awesome...unique...

14 Sep 2011 5:32pm

franz from Baden, Austria

unearthly colors and incredible looking geological formations! the dof is superb!

14 Sep 2011 5:50pm

JPS from Le Havre, France

where is my swimming trunks ???

14 Sep 2011 6:07pm

@JPS: LOL, good luck with that swim.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is the best shot I have seen of this pool ever! Bar none! Great job, Barbara! Thasnk for this...we missed it when we were there!

14 Sep 2011 6:10pm

pascale from Belgium

OMG this is amazing
great shot
5*

14 Sep 2011 7:52pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What a dream place !

14 Sep 2011 8:06pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful clarity

14 Sep 2011 8:12pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

That is amazing. Beautiful shot, Barbara, and thanks for the history to go along with it. I'll bet it is really wonderful to see in person.

14 Sep 2011 9:45pm

Cruz from exurbia, United States

A great picture. These pools are extremely hard to capture as there are a ton of folks nearby and their size. The explanation is great too. The bluer the water, the hotter the temp..this is a HOT blue!

14 Sep 2011 10:17pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

My favorite shade of blue, but the heat in these pools scares me to death. This is a fantastic image.

14 Sep 2011 11:10pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous color. One of my most favorite places!

15 Sep 2011 1:06am

Sandy Weston from Maine, United States

Barbara....I have never seen anything like THIS before! Pretty amazing stuff! I just can't believe the beautiful blue color. Where exactly does the blue come from? The temperature of the water? The rock? Awesome shot?

15 Sep 2011 1:22am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superb colour tone and great calrity of the water in the pool! you captured this scene very nicely - i also like the good DOF to keep the detail all around the pool sharp and clear!

15 Sep 2011 3:10am

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

The color is very tempting to jump right in, but being boiled is off putting :0 Fantastic Blue color.

15 Sep 2011 4:35am

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

sorry, going backwards here... this is too cool...looks wicked hot!

18 Sep 2011 3:12am

NIKON D5000
1/320 second
F/9.0
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)