Yellowstone National Park
Joni with bull elk remains, Lamar
Anyone who has had the good fortune to visit Yellowstone National
Park is not likely to forget the experience. Yellowstone is often
referred to as a great national treasure. But in truth, this massive,
slumbering volcano is a great world treasure, unique and apart
from anywhere else on the globe. Cool, breeze-swept mountains gently
wrap themselves around broad meadows of vibrant green, where wildflowers
crowd into every possible inch as they celebrate the warm season.
Bright sun glitters on creeks, streams and lakes, dancing through
vivid rainbows of color strewn about on the ground. Butterflies
flit about, birds chatter and sing and animals go about the business
of simply being who they are. Nothing obstructs their instincts
here. The natural process of life continues on just as it has since
the dawn of time, in this most primeval of places.
beneath our feet the earth’s core groans, restless
and full of torment, ever belching, bubbling, hissing spitting,
spraying and complaining. This hot inner core cannot contain itself
here, where the earth’s crust is paper thin. The apparent
torment is constant and relentless. A visit to Yellowstone
reminds us of how vulnerable and insignificant we really are
living, breathing planet.
of all of this geological activity is spectacular. Man could
create anything as stunning and bizarre as this.
Bacteria’s that form vivid swirling rainbows on the ground,
muddy bubbles belching up from tiny, steaming holes, sulfur streaming
out of the mud and rock, thick and choking, in amounts that nearly
block the sun, deep emerald pools of scalding water evaporating
in brilliant turquoise steam, geysers shooting water and steam
to the sky… These are ordinary, everyday occurrences
in this strangely unique and highly volatile place.
is a photographic tribute to nature’s brilliance
in Yellowstone. A picture really is worth a thousand words.
But the real thing is beyond a picture, or even our wildest
these trips to view images taken on the trips.