Where the earth goes primal like this it’s hard to imagine how we ever found a place on it. We. Us. Life. Anything more complex than the algae and bacteria which resist the intense heat and chemistry. The colours are equally intense, so beautiful, cobalts, verdigris, ambers. And the chemicals which create them are so unfriendly to organisms with the power to create beauty in their minds. Yet this is the kind of place life first came to be.
“Do not linger in the mist,” signs warn. Even the air is rendered unhealthy. There are few places where the power and age of Earth is rendered this real, this present. So, I linger. She lingers with me. Both of us in awe.
Black Sand Basin
Yellowstone National Park
Wyoming, United States of America
Taken while travelling, 1996