Oregon writer, Rain Trueax, and Oregon painter, Diane, co-author Rainy Day Thought, where they write about ideas and creativity. Diane posts on Wednesdays and Rain on Saturdays. There may be extra days or changes as situations warrant. Comments, relating to the topic, are welcome as it turns an article into a discussion, but must be in English, with no links (unless pre-approved), use of profanity, or threats.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Even in Yellowstone, it can be the little things

Having been to Yellowstone quite a few times, enjoying each visit, this July trip, we went for the little places-- not the main tourist attractions. These don't all have names but they have the same beauty as the major sites-- just smaller, with less people watching their shows.

It had an advantage of being quieter-- well, the little want-to-be geysers did gurgle.

Photos are all in the geyser basin but not where the big parking lots are.

You look out across the horizon and it feels like another world-- a world of creation and new beginnings.

A little hot spring can also have a tiny geyser, but hey, maybe someday it might be as impressive as Old Faithful-- or will it disappear?

 A few are named-- Pink Geyser.

For me, to be in the geyser basins feels like the earth speaking out-- creation in its essence.

You wait and never know what you will see.


Annie said...

I've been there once almost two decades ago, of course I went to the main attractions. I like your impression of it as a world of creation and new beginnings. When I was there you could still see the damage from the big fire a few years before, I wonder if you can still see that or is it all overgrown now.

Rain Trueax said...

I was there the first time in '92 and remember the devastation well. You can still see it some places, where the fire burned hotter, more than others. There have been fires since. One came almost down to the Slough Creek Campground last year according to the keeper for there.

joared said...

Enjoyed your photos. Unfortunately, after moving to Calif. we never made it to Yellowstone. Then when we probably would have gone my husband's health precluded such trips. Glad we had trips we did previously, including Grand Canyon visits several times, a favorite of mind and the music of Grand Canyon Suite. Yellowstone I think i might associate with Rite of Spring, also featured in a favorite movie of mine, the original Fantasia.

Rain Trueax said...

Rite of spring would be good with these and the wildflowers next. July is their spring in Yellowstone with winter lasting so long there

Brig said...

I've been to Yellowstone several times. This last time when taking Dad to Dakota for a family reunion. We avoided all the high tourist areas and like you visited the less seen places. Stopped on the Madison to watch a fly fisherman, and when he came out, Dad asked him where he was from, ended up that he goes fly fishing every year in Yellowstone, and is from a small town not that far from Dad's house. Small world.

Rain Trueax said...

There is so much to see in Yellowstone, Brig, that a person can run from one thing to another and never experience the park at all. I have ancestors from Hill City. I've been to Bear Butte several times, Rapid City, but never went to that cemetery. I want to do that someday. Some came out to Oregon but wanted to be buried in the Black Hills. My husband is a fly fisherman and I've watched him fish the Firehole, Slough Creek, and Lamar multiple times. I also have fly fished in Yellowstone but never got good at it. Maybe someday :)