It may look like a vision of an alien planet, but it is a scene from planet Earth. Primitive bacteria stain the sides of a geyser with fantastic colors while hot water erupts from deep underground. Scientists believe that this is the kind of extreme environment where life may have begun on earth billions of years ago. This exquisite place is fragile, and it's located on private property not open to the public. I photographed it with special permission from the owners. Thank you for respecting their goal to protect it. Follow me @FransLanting to learn more about the history of life on earth. 
@natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #amazing #nature #earth #beauty #picoftheday #colors

Frans Lanting

It may look like a vision of an alien planet, but it is a scene from planet Earth. Primitive bacteria stain the sides of a geyser with fantastic colors while hot water erupts from deep underground. Scientists believe that this is the kind of extreme environment where life may have begun on earth billions of years ago. This exquisite place is fragile, and it's located on private property not open to the public. I photographed it with special permission from the owners. Thank you for respecting their goal to protect it. Follow me @FransLanting to learn more about the history of life on earth. @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #amazing #nature #earth #beauty #picoftheday #colors

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Rachel McAdam

Are they big or are they small? Hahaha I keep trying to get a perspective on this! You could be standing with your camera at eye level or you could be knelt down!

Cindy McCafferty

Did you have to wait long for the geysers to spew out the water.

lena

Amazing

lena

Great narrative

Santi

Wow, This looks like it comes from a page in one of Dr. Seuss's book!

leighsil

OMG, wow!

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