Colors of the Grand Canyon at Yellowstone

What created the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone pink and yellow colors? Mineral stains mark the locations of hot springs and steam vents in the canyon walls. For thousands of years, upwardly percolating fluids have altered the chemistry of the rocks, turning them yellow, red, white, and pink.

Colors of the Grand Canyon

Falls at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Past and current hydrothermal activity at Yellowstone National Park altered and weakened the rhyolite, making the rocks softer. The Yellowstone River eroded these weakened rocks to deepen and widen the canyon, a process that continues today. The current canyon begins at Lower Falls and ends downstream from Tower Fall. Here is a view of the Lower Falls.

Falls at the Grand Canyon of Yosemite

Animal Sculptures at Brookgreen Gardens

Among its varied collection of sculptures at Brookgreen Gardens, there are quite a few of animals.

“Lioness and Cub” by Hope Yandell – A female lion with her young cub. The lioness is standing, front left paw raised slightly. Her head is turned in the direction of her cub. They are positioned in a natural setting on a rock formation over a small pool.

Prowling in the Jungle

“Brown Bears” by Anna Hyatt Huntington is a bronze sculpture of a group of three bears

Brown Bears

Elk River Falls

Located near Beech Mountain, Banner Elk and the small town of Elk Park is the impressive Elk River Falls (formerly called Big Falls) in Pisgah National Forest. This 50-ft. North Carolina mountain waterfall cascades over a rock cliff and into a picturesque oval pool.

Elk River Falls

Acadia National Park – Rocky Shoreline

The geologic history of Acadia National Park, Maine stretches back in time through millions of years to the formation of the oldest rocks on Mount Desert Island and continues to the present with the persistent forces of erosion. Evidence of this rich geologic past can be seen across the island, along rocky shorelines and atop windswept mountains.

Acadia National Park – Rocky Shoreline