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Showing posts with label Yellowstone National Park. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yellowstone National Park. Show all posts

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park - "Who fathers the Drops of Dew?"


Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,
and a path for the thunderstorm,
to water a land where no one lives,
an uninhabited desert,
to satisfy a desolate wasteland
and make it sprout with grass?
Does the rain have a father?
Who fathers the drops of dew?

Job 38:25-28

Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park - "He Covers the Sky with Clouds"


He covers the sky with clouds;

he supplies the earth with rain

and makes grass grow on the hills.

Psalm 147:8

Yellowstone Upper Falls, Yellowstone National Park - "If You Seek Him, you will find Him"


The LORD is with you when you are with him.  If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.

2 Chronicles 15:2b

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Wapiti Valley, Yellowstone National Park - "Here am I, here am I"

"I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me.  To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, 'Here am I, here am I.'  All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations."

Isaiah 65:1-2

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Yellowstone National Park - “The Lord Looks at the Heart”


But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Top of the World - Love One Another

 Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

John 13:34-35 NRSV

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Yellowstone River - “The Wolf will Live with the Lamb”


The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.

Isaiah 11:6 

Monday, May 17, 2021

God is with Us


Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.  God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.  Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.  The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalms 46:1-7 NIV

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Wandering Bighorn Sheep

Wild Flowers in the Valley

Snow capped mountains and flowers in the meadows at Yellowstone National Park and Lamar Valley.

The flowers in a summer meadow
are infinite
The big and the small, the colorful
and the plain,
The ones that bite and the ones
that delight . . .
All are intrinsically treasured for
part in the whole.

by Sandra E. McBride
(excerpt from Flowers in the Meadow)

Friday, April 13, 2018

"Where the Buffalo Roam" An American Song


"Home on the Range," the state song of Kansas since 1947, was composed by violinist Daniel Kelley with text by otolaryngologist Dr. Brewster Higley.  The poem was published in the Kansas newspaper Kirwin Chief in 1876. However, within a few years of publication, "Home on the Range" gained immense popularity throughout the United States and both composer and writer became practically anonymous as settlers claimed the song as their own.

My Western Home
by Dr. Brewster Higley

Oh, give me a home where the Buffalo roam
Where the Deer and the Antelope play;
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the sky is not cloudy all day.

A home! A home!
Where the Deer and the Antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the sky is not clouded all day.

Oh! give me a land where the bright diamond sand
Throws its light from the glittering streams,
Where glideth along the graceful white swan,
Like the maid in her heavenly dreams.

Oh! give me a gale of the Solomon vale,
Where the life streams with buoyancy flow;
On the banks of the Beaver, where seldom if ever,
Any poisonous herbage doth grow.

How often at night, when the heavens were bright,
With the light of the twinkling stars
Have I stood here amazed, and asked as I gazed,
If their glory exceed that of ours.

I love the wild flowers in this bright land of ours,
I love the wild curlew's shrill scream;
The bluffs and white rocks, and antelope flocks
That graze on the mountains so green.

The air is so pure and the breezes so fine,
The zephyrs so balmy and light,
That I would not exchange my home here to range
Forever in azures so bright.

Lamar Valley "A River Runs Through It"


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Wapiti Valley

These Children Singing in Stone

by E E Cummings, 1939

these children singing in stone a
silence of stone these
little children wound with stone
flowers opening for

ever these silently lit
tie children are petals
their song is a flower of
always their flowers

of stone are
silently singing
a song more silent
than silence these always

children forever
singing wreathed with singing
blossoms children of
stone with blossoming

know if a
lit tie
tree listens

forever to always children singing forever
a song made
of silent as stone silence of

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Artistic Waters Yellowstone River


To capture the colors of the landscape, I used a dry brush technique in the above photos.  The water has streaks of green as well as deep blue running fiercely over the rocks. I walked a trail along side of the rapids.  There are too many rocks for white water rafting.  This concludes my adventure at Yellowstone.  We only visited from the South Entrance up to Washburn Mountain Range.  It was a tiresome full day drive from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone and back.  I could not take photos during the golden hours of 2 hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset.  That is the best natural light for a landscape picture.  The bright sun will fade out the brilliancy of colors of the landscape no matter what filters you use.  The pigments of oil painting can bring out the gorgeous colors better then any photograph.

Lewis Falls Yellowstone

Lewis Falls is located roughly 11 miles inside Yellowstone’s south entrance, and two miles south of Lewis Lake.  If you know American history, Meriwether Lewis was a member of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition.  The expedition was the first government-sanctioned effort to explore and map the Western Frontiers.  The sun was very bright when we stopped at Lewis Falls.  The river looked white from the sunrays reflecting off the whirling waterfall.

Washburn Mountain Range


I really was not impressed with the mountain ranges of Yellowstone after visiting the Grand Teton National Park.  Even the Grand Canyon did not surpass the magnificent beauty of the Teton Range.  Mount Washburn Range is similar to the Appalachian mountains.  A lot of forest and woodlands surround the area. 

Yellowstone River Moments of Serenity


The river does have some areas where it is calm, peaceful and serene before it reaches the Grand Canyon area.