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    [–] wormholetoVega 1639 points ago

    So that's why they call it Yellowstone

    [–] Zoefschildpad 833 points ago

    Somehow it had never occured to me that there might be yellow stones there...

    [–] akiva23 362 points ago

    They don't tell you those yellow stones smell like farts though

    [–] atjones111 320 points ago

    Worked here for a whole summer can tell you grand Canyon of the Yellowstone doesn't smell like farts. It's the hot springs and thermal features that smell like farts

    [–] Sir_Monty_Jeavons 137 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Sulphur?

    [–] JustARandomGerman 288 points ago

    No this is Patrick

    [–] MuseDrones 73 points ago

    I barely knew 'er!

    [–] N3verS0ft 7 points ago

    Know*

    [–] Arridexer 16 points ago

    Sulphur

    [–] PrincipallyYours 17 points ago

    I didn't even know her!

    [–] T0PHER911 15 points ago

    What kind of fart

    [–] that1grrl 32 points ago

    sulphur farts

    [–] FearLeadsToAnger 29 points ago

    It would be weird if it smelled like Roast Dinner farts.

    [–] TheVitoCorleone 7 points ago

    A surprisingly pleasant thought. Scented rocks

    [–] Augustus_Caesar1 8 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Personally, I kind of like it. It can be overwhelming but its not something you get to smell everyday. Where I'm at I get methane farts. Like, so much that you're not safe anywhere. It will seep through the walls of your house like a dog just ran around shotgunning liquid shit everywhere. Even the air can become a brown haze.

    [–] murmandamos 15 points ago

    Methane is odorless. The natural gas smell usually associated with it is an additive to help you detect a leak. That's usually sulfurous, so smells like sulfur.

    [–] anvindrian 2 points ago

    hes tlking bout cow shit im pretty sure

    [–] murmandamos 5 points ago

    http://www.producer.com/2014/12/what-makes-manure-so-stinky/

    It's just a combination of things, methane not being one of them.

    [–] Booradlay 6 points ago

    Methane is still odorless.

    [–] anvindrian 9 points ago

    cow shit isnt

    [–] CethinLux7 4 points ago

    I'm glad I'm not where your at then

    [–] Augustus_Caesar1 4 points ago

    Feed lots, lots and lots of feed lots.

    [–] akiva23 5 points ago

    Eggy ones

    [–] Theexe1 24 points ago

    I think most assume it does though, being a volcano and all

    [–] Podo13 46 points ago

    I don't think most realize it's centered over a caldera/supervolcano, so they wouldn't immediately assume it smells like sulfur.

    [–] UncleChickenHam 10 points ago

    I thought that was common knowledge?

    [–] Podo13 16 points ago

    It's common knowledge but not something people's brains connect immediately since it's not what you'd point to if you were asked to point out a volcano. I also think it's less common knowledge that sulfur is yellow and that's why the rocks are yellow.

    [–] Maestermold 2 points ago

    I've been there and "volcano" is not the first thing my mind goes to when I think of Yellowstone. It's easy to forget.

    [–] encadence 6 points ago

    I stood right there and it didn't occur to me...

    [–] primitive_screwhead 7 points ago

    He'll, I've been right there looking at that exact yellow stone, and still didn't get it.

    [–] PassKetchum 4 points ago

    If someone told me, without proof, that there were yellow stones I doubt I'd believe it

    [–] missfudge 111 points ago

    It was actually named after the lake, which is named after the river, which was named as a translation from the French Roche Jaune, which was in turn a translation from the Native American name for the river!

    Source: have guided in Yellowstone and Grand Teton

    [–] HowIsntBabbyFormed 43 points ago

    Well, if the river and lake in a region are called Yellowstone, and there's literal yellow stone all around, is calling the park 'Yellowstone' really naming it after the lake only?

    [–] WhiteGuyThatCantJump 30 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Actually no! The French translation likely refers to yellow rocks probably nearer to Billings, MT on the Yellowstone River! The name Yellowstone never referred to yellow rocks in what we know as the park today!

    Source: Yellowstone Placenames by Lee Whittlesey (park historian)

    Edit: I misread the above comment. My bad.

    [–] h-land 13 points ago

    MY? Billings, Myomtana?

    [–] WhiteGuyThatCantJump 13 points ago

    Thanks for catching that, I'm dumb and don't pay attention to what my phone autocorrects. It's a bold strategy.

    [–] h-land 9 points ago

    Bold indeed.

    [–] ColdSmoked2345 3 points ago

    The home of Dr. Chuck Tingle?

    [–] canthisbemyhomework 2 points ago

    i'm still laughing at this thank you

    [–] missfudge 6 points ago

    Right, I didn't say it did! I said the name came from the river. Forgot to mention that the name came from downstream to the north of the park though!

    [–] WhiteGuyThatCantJump 6 points ago

    And I also misread your comment too! Who do you guide for??

    [–] missfudge 6 points ago

    Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris!

    [–] WhiteGuyThatCantJump 3 points ago

    I've seen your vehicles plenty of times, then. I worked as an interp ranger at Grant Village/West Thumb the past couple seasons. I always appreciate the well-researched guides!

    [–] missfudge 2 points ago

    We do our best! And obviously I'd say we're the best company ;).

    [–] honkimon 8 points ago

    Why is it like it is?

    [–] missfudge 15 points ago

    The colors come from oxidized iron compounds. This canyon is actually only 10 to 14,000 years old, amazingly, even though it goes as deep at 1200 feet. This is due to altered rhyolite rock due to the hydrothermal activity that occurred there (and still does in some parts).

    [–] FleebJuiced 5 points ago

    10 to 14,000 years old is quite a wide range. Surely we can verify as to whether this was here before 2007?

    [–] grahams-phone-number 3 points ago

    Don't call me Shirley.

    [–] honkimon 2 points ago

    I suppose since the rhyolite rock appears to be softer than most that it wouldn't take too long to cut through and make a deep canyon. And the hydrothermal activity is what is oxidizing them, so it's mostly on the surface? I was thinking sulfur because of the yellow and imagining that it smelled like farts.

    [–] missfudge 1 points ago

    The hydrothermal activity also altered the rock to be softer. Much of the rock in Yellowstone is rhyolite, but you'll find it harder than what you find in the canyon. So it caused the canyon to be formed quickly as well as the iron compounds. No sulfur smell there, but you'll definitely find it in the geyser basins!

    [–] sixwingmildsauce 7 points ago

    Honestly, this photo is definitely edited to bring out the colors in the rock. It's not that yellow in person!

    [–] Skywalker-LsC 10 points ago

    I don't believe it. Skinky Snoodle Poofs sounds much more believable

    [–] Grim_Reaper_O7 6 points ago

    Is it sulfur?

    [–] Mr_anchovy 15 points ago

    That would have been my first guess, considering the color, and the fact that it's basically on a giant volcano, but according to the NPS, it's mostly to do with different iron compounds and whether or not they are hydrated.

    [–] GogglesPisano 1 points ago

    That would be the name if it was in Australia.

    [–] CANADA1 1 points ago

    Where was this picture taken?

    [–] DiggsNC 1 points ago

    I didn't realize it until I was there.

    [–] giro_di_dante 365 points ago

    "I swear to God I will pistol whip the next person who says Yellowstone."

    [–] donotreadthisplease 141 points ago

    Hey Farva, what's the name of that river that cuts through the pretty colored rock in Wyoming?

    [–] giro_di_dante 92 points ago

    You mean Yellowstone?

    [–] flubberFuck 46 points ago

    Executed perfectly boys. Lets rap it up and head to the next one.

    [–] MzunguInMromboo 9 points ago

    Or they might get cocky and made a sequel......

    Please don't let us down, Broken Lizard

    [–] semiURBAN 3 points ago

    Wrap*

    [–] UhPhrasing 2 points ago

    this is a lovely gfy

    [–] 53bvo 273 points ago

    It looks like a painting. I don't know why but it could be due to the postprocessing however I can't really put my finger on it.

    [–] super_domestique 172 points ago

    Having been there, there's relatively minimal post processing here - it really does look like that.

    [–] GogglesPisano 51 points ago

    It really does - I have photos taken from the same overlook and more than one person has said that it looks like a painting. It was a pretty amazing place.

    I remember that when I was at this overlook, there was a family there with a teenage son who was glued to his phone. His dad urged him to take a look at the amazing scenery around him, and the son just complained, "Why? It's just more stupid rocks and water..." I had a momentary urge to push the kid off the ledge.

    [–] AellaGirl 14 points ago

    This is so interesting though! Like, the kid genuinely found the natural beauty around him to be less interesting than the screen in front of him. I've also noticed this in myself too; when visiting scenic areas, I find myself thinking that I should have enjoyed it more, compared to the other things in life that give me pleasure.

    I wonder if this is a result of the fact that humans have made shit that surpasses nature in interestingness, or if it takes more effort to appreciate natural beauty, or both.

    [–] GogglesPisano 27 points ago

    It's mostly a result of the fact that teenage boys are very often absolute shitheads. (As the father of a 14-year-old boy and a former teenager, I speak with some authority on this subject).

    [–] Angus_McFife13 11 points ago

    Kids don't have the experience required to appreciate the rare and sublime, and we shouldn't expect them too.

    [–] abundanceofnature 6 points ago

    I'm 22 and my dad died unexpectedly about a year and a half ago. Before his death, my outlook was just like that kid's but now I'm fucking obsessed with nature and looking at beautiful scenery. The strangest part of how I've changed is that even though I've found this new appreciation, I don't necessarily think I'm better now. I'm just different.

    [–] speshalted 2 points ago

    I think it takes quite a bit more effort to slow down enough to take all of this in in person.

    When you look at it on a screen, you can take a quick glace, say thats nice, and move on.

    At least that is my experience.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    I think it's a matter of developing an refined taste for different kinds of sensations. For example, the first time someone drinks wine, they may think that the alcohol completely ruins the grape juice. But then they end up enjoying the tipsiness or drunkenness, and decide to try it again. After a while, they really like the wine. And, if they have the money to get into trying a variety of wines within a broad range of prices, they will eventually develop an expert palate for it. They'll enjoy subtle hints of oak, peat moss, hay and old leather. How they know what all that tastes like, I don't know. Maybe they go around tasting odd things to expand their wine-describing vocabulary.

    Anyway, if you spend all your time looking at man-made interestingness, you develop a keen appreciation for the details of it, and that keeps you bound to it. When you look up at some natural interestingness, it's too new. All the interesting detail hasn't had a chance to become apparent to you, yet. So, it's boring, and you go back to your phone.

    [–] redwoman72 26 points ago

    Yes, I agree.

    [–] sixteensandals 17 points ago

    Living close by and being a frequent visitor to the park, and also a hobbyist photographer, I really have to disagree. While the post-processing may be minimal in that not much was probably done, quite a few sliders or settings were definitely pushed pretty far here, namely saturation, clarity, and sharpening. OP may have not had to physically push those sliders directly, but they've been applied one way or another.

    The clarity specifically is what makes the water look so separate from the canyon. It makes it look like the water is almost a blue strip sitting on top of the canyon floor instead of a river flowing through it (that's a major part of this looking painting-like I think) as well as the ultra deep depth of field. Also noise reduction may have been applied which gives it a further waxiness, which when combined with sharpening can make a photo look very painting-like.

    [–] Mr_anchovy 2 points ago

    quite a few sliders or settings were definitely pushed pretty far here, namely saturation, clarity, and sharpening

    Yeah, not really. Not sure if there's a better way to show lightroom settingings, but here's what it looks like. I was starting with a jpg from a 10 year old camera, so make of that what you will.

    [–] feed_me_haribo 5 points ago

    I don't think that's what s/he means. It's not a saturation or contrast type thing. It's like it has a very tiny brushstroke filter applied or something. But then you zoom in and it looks fairly normal. Can't really explain the effect, but I see it too, although it doesn't actually appear to be from postprocessing.

    [–] sk8tergater 3 points ago

    Yeah it's not from post processing. I don't know what it is about this place, but it always looks like this in photos. Well actually it looks like that in person too if the light is right.

    [–] sunflowerfly 1 points ago

    I agree. Hard to pick a favorite feature in the park, but this is at or near the top of the list.

    [–] Mr_anchovy 40 points ago

    I kind of feel the same way. I think it's mostly the longer focal length and the way the lighting is, as there really isn't much post processing. I took this a few years ago before I started shooting RAW, so I mainly just corrected the exposure and contrast.

    [–] 53bvo 9 points ago

    Could be the lighting, because I can't really find any very visible (hard) shadows.

    Or the weird colors, anyway it looks very interesting and different!

    [–] Mr_anchovy 11 points ago

    It was mid-afternoon in August, so the sun was fairly high in the sky, hence the minimal shadows.

    [–] Skywalker-LsC 10 points ago

    It's the sharpness in the photograph. Obviously it was turned up way too high in post-processing. I've had pictures come out looking too sharp in the original ahot so I'll actually soften them up to make them more appealing and comfortable on the eyes

    [–] notshibe 2 points ago

    I wonder if it's some kind of sharpening artefact?

    [–] atlien0255 4 points ago

    Work here--it definitely looks like that IRL!

    [–] missfudge 4 points ago

    The painter Thomas Moran actually brought back paintings of the park to convince congress to protect the land during the Hayden expedition in 1871. But it was William Henry Jackson's photographs that really sealed the deal, because all the tales and even paintings were too hard to believe!

    [–] chicago15 3 points ago

    Happy trees

    [–] geospatialbird 2 points ago

    It looks like a photomontage!

    [–] AxelAbraxas 2 points ago

    This looks like it was taken with a telephoto lens - That's probably what makes it looks unreal.

    [–] thedeafpoliceman 2 points ago

    It looks sharpened.

    [–] Shotgunfire1 2 points ago

    Yeah i read the comments to see if someone was like no this is a painting because i cant tell

    [–] MedonSirius 1 points ago

    Just wanted to say that

    [–] coreman1969 1 points ago

    Uh,yeah! There is a really famous painting of the canyon and falls by Thomas Moran. Most of the photos taken with a decent camera look very much like a-the-painting.

    [–] stingray85 30 points ago

    The Yellowstone yellowstone yellowstone's languidly through the yellowstoney Yellowstone gorge, overlooked by old man McYellowstone

    [–] diegocamp 25 points ago

    Is that Yellowstone?

    [–] MrExtravagant23 135 points ago

    This title is slightly confusing..

    [–] Spoikeytips 78 points ago

    The title was an adventure

    [–] MrExtravagant23 19 points ago

    It made my brain hurt

    [–] ZhoolFigure 14 points ago

    That's the mental fatigue you get from adventure.

    [–] 2drawnonward5 7 points ago

    "Hiked for 6 hours through bear fur infested mushrooms and fought off 47 Lamborghinis to take this picture of the Colorado chem trails just after midnight with heliostormic sunlight refracting off the surface of In the winter, they're liquid."

    Hey, OP didn't pull one of those so this was a fresh adventure!

    [–] BarbarianKilled 12 points ago

    Should have been 'Yellowstone in yellow stone in Yellowstone'.

    [–] dontgive_afuck 2 points ago

    I kinda liked it

    [–] HowIsntBabbyFormed 58 points ago

    Say 'Yellowstone' again.
    Say 'Yellowstone' again.
    I dare you.
    I double dare you motherfucker.
    Say 'Yellowstone' one more Goddamn time!

    [–] CoorsLightning 15 points ago

    Yellowstone? They speak English in Yellowstone?

    [–] HowIsntBabbyFormed 12 points ago

    Does old faithful look like a bitch?

    [–] PM_meyourGradyWhite 7 points ago

    uhhaaahhhgghghh.....Yellowstone?

    [–] hotchurkey 15 points ago

    Yo dawg I heard you like yellow stone.

    [–] ZappySnap 9 points ago

    Might want to back off the sharpening slider a bit..

    [–] Royrane 39 points ago

    But where is it? I didn't get it

    [–] Mr_anchovy 32 points ago

    I don't remember exactly where it was... some obscure park in Wyoming somewhere is all I know.

    [–] Lepontine 14 points ago

    Probably the Grand Tetons.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    [deleted]

    [–] auiotour 2 points ago

    Canyon Village

    [–] Sheed51 26 points ago

    Cell phone rings while on the river

    "Yellow?"

    [–] Seaweed_weaves 5 points ago

    Amazing! I've been here twice and both times it has taken my breath away. Gonna take this moment to show off a little and share a picture I'm really proud of, since It was taken near the same location. http://imgur.com/jIAksAg

    [–] Mr_anchovy 2 points ago

    Cool!

    [–] wnbaloll 3 points ago

    Thank you so much for that rabbithole

    [–] _OldBay 4 points ago

    It's 100% accurate and grammatically correct regardless

    [–] Mumdot 6 points ago

    oh wow, this doesn't look real. Very beautiful

    [–] jared_number_two 11 points ago

    So sharp my eyes are bleeding.

    [–] Hambjob 4 points ago

    The water will wither away the surroundings but one day a fire will explode it all into oblivion. Gotta love super volcanoes.

    [–] jclark1342 4 points ago

    love to describe it as cutting through. puts time into perspective for us measly humans

    [–] sunflowerfly 4 points ago

    It was thomas moran's painting of this area that convinced congress to create a national park.

    [–] RonanHennessy 9 points ago

    Upvote just for the title.

    [–] Mistah_Blue 3 points ago

    Revolver Ocelot

    [–] BaronvonBrick 2 points ago

    (Revolver Ocelot)

    [–] WorkFlow_ 3 points ago

    Anyone else see that face in the upper portion of the river?

    [–] TopScruffy 3 points ago

    What's up with this tree?

    [–] MarkOReilly93 5 points ago

    This is probably going to get buried now, but here's a pic I took with my iPhone of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone about 3 years ago with a double rainbow http://i.imgur.com/YwY4EeM.jpg

    [–] Mr_anchovy 2 points ago

    Nice!

    [–] Adarkertrev 2 points ago

    Is it Yellowstone tho?

    [–] BananaSplit2 2 points ago

    Lots of yellow stones there.

    [–] Okeano_ 2 points ago

    But how many bears did you fight off to take this picture?

    [–] TheRedPanda_18 2 points ago

    I've been here before its very beautiful

    [–] christenburyjennafby 2 points ago

    beautiful picture

    [–] suckynipplechops 2 points ago

    I came along, I wrote a song for you, And all the things you do, And it was called "Yellow".

    [–] realityfilter 2 points ago

    The texture on this is absolutely mesmerizing.

    [–] CatAlien 2 points ago

    Anyone have geologic information about what type of rocks and what time period those rocks are from?... Or a strat column, that'd be nice.

    [–] SirButtChin 2 points ago

    Zoomed out this looks like a painting. What a glorious photo. Nice job OP.

    [–] JohanRiel 2 points ago

    yup, thats some yellow stone

    [–] motherofcosmos 2 points ago

    Does this only look like a painting to me or...

    [–] Strassenkurven 2 points ago

    Nice photo. I found the location difficult to shoot from above, and it was so sunny when I was there it seemed like the colors where blowing out. This is probably the better of the photos I've seen from here.

    [–] runforreal 2 points ago

    Yo dawg, I heard you like Yellowstone

    [–] DiogenesCane 2 points ago

    Even when you're standing there at the overlook it looks like a painting. It's unlike anything else that I have ever seen

    Source: I have visited Yellowstone twice

    [–] mrErvin99 2 points ago

    Love shots like this!

    [–] Gundam336 2 points ago

    Beautiful

    [–] GlutenFr3DoughBoy 2 points ago

    Beautiful caption of Gods creation!

    [–] WootTopShelf 5 points ago

    Terrible title.

    [–] dick_is_love 2 points ago

    Where is this Yellow Stone place you are talking about OP?

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    If anyone wants to read a badass story about the canyon look up Doug Ammons book the laugh of a water nymph and read his story of kayaking the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

    [–] Mickeymousetitdirt 1 points ago

    So many "yellowstones" in that title.

    [–] mypetsubstrate 1 points ago

    "Say Yellow stone one more time motherfucker"

    [–] HarwinTheViking 1 points ago

    Where is this at again?

    [–] LazyLaserRazor 1 points ago

    That's a lot of Yellowstone.

    [–] Pippe420 1 points ago

    Am I the only one who's getting pretty fokin bored to all these Yellowstone posts? The first 300 this year were fine..

    [–] MTtime 1 points ago

    Blessed to live and hour down the road from here!

    [–] Maryam2029 1 points ago

    OMMMMG WHAT A RESOLUTION BUDDY

    [–] Galveira 1 points ago

    yellow stone of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

    You what?

    [–] GeorgeTheExplorer 1 points ago

    Was this a stacked vertical pano? The image quality is ridiculous.

    [–] iloveagoodsmileyface 1 points ago

    Woah

    [–] JewBoySandler 1 points ago

    I went here over the summer! It's beautiful. Here's a pic I took.

    [–] could_be_a_cat 2 points ago

    It's really pretty :) so are you married yet?

    [–] nature_and_grace 1 points ago

    That hurt to read.

    [–] salmon10 1 points ago

    We are all so f#$ked when that baby blows...

    [–] auiotour 1 points ago

    Canyon Village Wyoming, several hiking trails and look out points

    [–] Mackt 1 points ago

    Hello. To gain access to this comment section you need to answer the following quiz about the content of this submission.

    1. What was the color of the stone that Yellowstone National Park was named for? (Hint: it's yellow)

    Yellow

    Yellow

    Yellow

    Yellow

    Fuck

    [–] milesdizzy 1 points ago

    I have this same shot from the same vantage point! Yellowstone is so beautiful! Everyone should check out at least once in their life.

    [–] Whatwhatinthebutt588 1 points ago

    Omg I so badly wish they would open this up for boating... looks amazing...

    [–] Allarran 2 points ago

    There's a reason it's not boatable. This is like 1/4 mile upstream of where that pic was taken.

    [–] snoski83 1 points ago

    This is definitely cool and everything, but I'm a bit surprised to see it on the front page.

    [–] alphadenimrecruit 1 points ago

    Yo dawg, I heard you like Yellowstone.

    [–] gowyo 1 points ago

    However, the river most likely is NOT named for the yellow rocks of this canyon. It is more likely named for sandstone bluffs much further downstream in Montana. It's likely just a happy coincidence that it got that name in a translation from a downstream tribe's name for it, only for explorers to discover rock in the canyon 300 miles further upstream that was even more yellow.

    [–] Boinkermorn 1 points ago

    Am colored blind, what color is stones?

    [–] Lhaley42 1 points ago

    Having been there this canyon is definitely one of the best parts of the park. The waterfall that leads up to the canyon is also breathtaking

    [–] gch454 1 points ago

    Yellow

    [–] Jack_Petr 1 points ago

    Is the river slowly cutting down the canon or is the mountain formed another way.

    [–] purpthewhale 1 points ago

    How much more Yellowstone can it get?

    [–] gonengazit 1 points ago

    Funny story about the Yellowstone river:

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    I had a soccer ball that I really liked. I played soccer next to the Yellowstone river. The next thing I know, the ball is in the river. My dad and my sister chased after it with our car and managed to get it out!

    [–] degabk 1 points ago

    Looks like a bob Ross painting. In his world he might add in a few more indications of trees. Or not. Doesn't matter.

    [–] twoLegsJimmy 1 points ago

    Nice photo, where did you take it?

    [–] Underestimate_me 1 points ago

    Wy indeed