31 Mar 14. As you begin your stroll around the circular boardwalk that surrounds the Fountain Paint Pot viewing area, the initial phase is along a sidewalk that abuts a straight area of boardwalk proper. Along your left of the sidewalk and the right of the initial straight phase of the boardwalk you are basically walking over a portion of runoff that I can only assume was an active area sometime in the past, most likely during our lifetimes. The acidification of the water is most obvious and the "destruction" to any and all vegetation that used to grow there is complete. Based on the few individuals taking photos of this portion of the walk, I'm of the belief that most of the visitors do not fully appreciate what they are seeing. I took lots of photos of this area, in fact, more here than of the paint pots because I found it far more interesting and I also didn't have to be concerned about acid spray hitting the camera equipment, but more so because I found it fascinating to be able to observe the reduction process in action. The shot you are seeing has been cropped from the original to remove material that didn't add to the photo, and I have ever so slightly enhanced the detail in the log. Otherwise, this is how it looks. Make sure you give this part of the walk its due time and don't just blow it off. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority;ISO 200; 1/500 sec @ f / 8.