Cow and Calf Elk on Geyser Hill
$100.00 – $1,500.00
Wildlife must learn how to negotiate the special hazards of geyser basins. Boiling hot springs and erupting geysers seem pretty obvious, but animals do get burned here. This cow and calf elk were climbing the south side of Geyser Hill after crossing the Firehole River. They had to pick their way across the thin crusts of sinter and past Beehive, Plume, and Giantess geysers. There are always animal tracks in the algae and bacteria mats of the thermals. Occasionally you see tracks breaking through the rock crusts, and sometimes you find bones in the hot springs.