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Photo Samples, NW USA

Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon,
Washington State and a smallish bit of Alaska and New York

 

North West USA is indeed a great place for nture lovers, and just like north of the border, the nature is easily accesible with your own car and a pair of hiking boots. Especially Yellowstone NP NP is fantastic, but also the rural parts of anywhere are great - and so are the nice, small villages you encounter in between the hectic multi-million cities.

 As usual, all photos are © Claus Qvist Jessen, and none of them are to be used without my permission.

Typical landscape going south from Canada, Montana, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Tiny village, Montana, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Mammooth Springs, NW Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Huge male buffalo close to Virginia Byway; northern Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. The buffaloes may appear docile, however, dozens of tourists get injured every year by getting "too close". 400 kgs of beef is a lot of weight. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A teenage male moose "caught" close to sunset in northern Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

One of dozens of hot springs in the Porcelain Basin; Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Porcelain Basin; Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Different colours of the thermophilic bacteria of Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Yellowstone traffic jam in the Hayden Valley; Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Every 90 minutes, the Old Faithful erupts. Old F. is not the biggest geyser of Yellowwstone, but the biggest of the "regular ones". The biggest of all is the Steamboat Geyser close by, however, it hasn't erupted for decades. Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Steaming hot geyser right at the banks of the Firehole River. Despite the temperature, the river actually contains cold-water trout. Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The fantastic Morning Glory Spring, a coupl of kilometers from the Old Faithful. The colours are due to different thermophilic bacteria. Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The continental divide: the ridge where the rivers divide by running either to the west or to the north/south. Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The outlet of the West Basin into the Firehole River. Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A small part of the Grand Prismatic Spring; Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. This huge spring should be observed from a helicopter, 200 meters above ground. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Another spring in the West Basin. The colours are due to bacterial growth. Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Yet another spring, West Thumb Basin; Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Nice colours from te West Thumb Basin, just meters away from Yellowstone Lake. Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The central park in Jackson Hole; Wyoming, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Cowboy boots for sale; Wyoming, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Moon-like landscape; Idaho, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Lava formations; Idaho, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

In 100,000 years, this is going to be a fertile plain - maybe; Idaho, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local diner in Glenns Ferry; Idaho, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Damned good coffee in Glenns Ferry; Idaho, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The nice town of Baker City, eastern Oregon, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Trucks for sale; Baker City, eastern Oregon, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local "train", probably only working at the 4th of July; Baker City, eastern Oregon, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Columbia River separating Oregon (close, south) and Washington State (far side); USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Traditional barn; Washington, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The remains of Mount Saint Helens after the incredible explosion in the 80'ies. Washington, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The Space Needle, built for the World Expo in 1962; Seattle, Washington, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The view from the Space Needle; Seattle, Washington, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Music Experience Project, the closest you'll ever get to a combined Hendrix and Nirvana museum. Finaced by Steve Allen (of Microsoft fame) and covered by stainless steel sheets, grade 4404 and coloured by Rimex, Enfield, London; Seattle, Washington, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Almost a mountie; Seattle, Washington, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local chess players of Seattle, Washington, USA. I managed to beat the guy at the right afterwards. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Freshly carved totem pole of Seattle, Washington, USA. The pole was carved to honour an Indian fellow who was killed while being arrested by the police. As with the Blacks, such incidents are not that rare. © Claus Qvist Jessen

From the memorial ceremony. The intense drumming is for the benefit of the ancient spirits, a true sign that the Indians in North America are increasingly marginalized in what used to be their own continent. Seattle, Washington, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Dancing for the spirits at the ceremony above. Seattle, Washington, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

One of the most freaky and colourful parts of USA is the Fremont District in Seattle, Washington, USA. Not unlike San Fransisco or other mainly left-wing cities. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The Fremont Rocket. Crazy stuff in a slightly crazy but very colourful part of town. Seattle, Washington, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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The bison is not a native of Alaska, but have been introduced with great success. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Late afternoon view from the Empire State Building; New York, USA. © Claus Qvist Jessen

     

Two New York landmarks: The fire escapes and the Flat-Iron Building, bilt in the 1920'ies and once the tallest building on Earth. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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