Last week my friend, John, took me to see Crystal Geyser in hopes that it would erupt. Unfortunately, it merely bubbled and churned – having no set schedule as to when it would discharge in its ostentatious majesty.
But we waited anyway.
As John, my new friend, Melinda, and two of John’s kids explored the travertine-deposited spillways from the geyser leading down to the Green River, the last rays of the scorching sun melted away behind the eastern mountains. The sunlight coated the landscape with its unearthly glimmer, and the yellow and orange layers of travertine glowed like a pumpkin on Halloween night. And as John’s son and I walked the watery-coated surfaces, I noticed how our shadows contrasted so deeply with that of the the iron carbonate. It was then that I took the lens cap off my camera, and snapped the Kodachrome of the Week.
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Crystal Geyser in a nutshell: Back in 1935, a group was drilling to locate oil and accidentally discovered – and unleashed – a pocket of water and gasses from underneath the earth’s surface; the gasses have been escaping ever since and pushing up massive amounts of cold water from the ground, sometimes shooting water as high as 100 feet in the air. Yes, the area has a sulphuric odor about it, but in the right light, and at the right time - with a crosswind - it is nothing short of magnificent.