by Rain Trueax
the middle of July, my husband and I took a road trip to Yellowstone
National Park. We had been there the first time in 1992 and maybe six or
seven times since. Our last trip had been in 2010-- way too long.
had intended to get back several times. In 2013, we had reservations at
Old Faithful Inn-- the time they shut the government down, which meant
all the national forests and parks.
year later, we had again reserved a room at the inn but had to cancel
based on conflicts with other events in our life. I was concerned something would
block us from making it this trip (the farm has so many places that
could happen) despite having reservations at the inn and for one of
the little cabins at Roosevelt Lodge (get those reservations early
folks-- they go fast).
Yellowstone is one of those special places with so much to see or take
in, from big things to little ones, that a lifetime wouldn't let a
person know it all. Most of it is not reached by roads. In this trip, with only five days, we went to those that are. We spent time in places that simply are and that let someone just be.
Yellowstone personally takes me to a place of beauty and creativity,
of birth and death. It is a place with the potential for abrupt change.
Fires have ravaged it, and always it comes back.
Possibly its potential for violence, that is so evident in the geyser basins but also
among the wildlife, is part of what makes it special. Where else can
we, from our culture, come so close to touching the earth at its
has the pretty, innocent kind of beauty, but there is also the savage
beauty, where life changes in a heartbeat. As a super volcano, it could
erupt and destroy all that is there and a lot of the United States.
With that kind of energy, it's not surprising that photographers,
artists, writers, and those of a creative mindset are drawn to spend
time there, to try to know it, and maybe let its energy permeate them.
It's what I always want when there.
More of the photos from this trip (a tiny smidgen of what I have) can be seen at [Rainy Day Thoughts].
For the blog, I broke the photos into subjects-- small geysers, wildflowers,
waters, skies, wildlife, and opportunities. I might eventually do a video using music
but have to finish the fourth in the Hemstreet Witches series before I