If you are new to the blog and are scrolling down from the top, please go down a few posts to read the commentary about this State Park in Washington State before reading this explanation about the pictures.
The top picture is the “flaming geyser”. The eternal flame on JFK’s gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery is more impressive. But years ago, the flame allegedly reached heights ranging from 3 to 15 feet, and is how the Park got it’s name.
The bottom picture is the nearby “bubbling geyser”. Methane and other gases coming up out of the ground interact with the water and rocks in the stream and create these ribbons of gray and white. The bubbling is occurring in the upper left corner of the picture.
Well, they got my ten bucks… And if you think P. T. Barnum is the one who said “There’s a sucker born every minute” you are mistaken. Those words were actually uttered by David Hannum, a banker, who was referring to a hoax Barnum perpetrated on the public. As Bill Weber of NBC Sports used to say during NASCAR races after he gave out a but of trivia, “We looked it up so you don’t have to”.