Mystical shots from the treasure trove (Yellowstone)

Brrrr…it’s starting to get cold! But we will be warmer for Thanksgiving not only from eating too much hot food but also from being in San Diego. I hope to get out Friday morning for a photo shoot in La Jolla before my critique group meeting.

My writing pace has fallen off and my NaNo goal of 100,000 words is history. Even getting to 50,000 is highly at risk. But it’s not over ’til it’s over, you know?

I have been organizing my photos, getting them off my computer because my disk space is maxing out. In the process I have been feeling for what of past photos most excites me today. Well the answer for today, November 23 2015, is Yellowstone.

The mystical quality of Yellowstone National Park still amazes me. I have some shots I developed before and some ones I developed today.

This first batch is from my earlier work.

Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone
Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone
Looking toward the Old Faithful Lodge

The softness in the colors and mist belies the volcanic action creating those effects!

Here is the batch I developed today using Lightroom to emphasize the mysterious quality of Yellowstone.


This week I am looking forward to seeing friends and family and taking photos in La Jolla. What are you looking forward to this week?

Chronicles of the #Californiadrought, some interesting articles, and more Yellowstone shots

The New York Times had an interesting article about the drought that takes a look at the situation from the federal level.

Water policy experts point to dozens of changes that could be made, starting by using climate change models to plan new water-collection reservoirs. While climate change models show that there will be less snowfall in the mountains, there may still be rainfall in other regions. The bureau, they said, could build reservoirs designed to capture and store that rain.

It would be really nice to have a planet-wide and locally coordinated effort to reduce greenhouse emissions and shift people and crops as needed, pro-actively. I don’t know how much more water we can ring out of the earth for crops in California. I’m looking forward to our drive north later this month, to see Oregon and Washington. I wonder if they will be the next big states for fruits, veggies, and wine.

The first picture is Sponge Geyser. The second two are the oozy goozy (made-up word, spellchecker!) areas around Biscuit Basin. I love the colors around Biscuit Basin. I’m hoping for an artistic idea to spring to mind for something to do with these photos. Perhaps I should just start experimenting.

Sponge Geyser, Geyser Hill, Yellowstone National Park
Sponge Geyser, Geyser Hill, Yellowstone National Park
In Biscuit Basin, Yellowstone
Biscuit Basin, Yellowstone

Upper Geyser Panorama, Yellowstone, and planning is half the fun

Oh, it was so pretty that day! I’m really appreciating these photos now that I’m glued to my keyboard.

Upper Geyser area
Upper Geyser basin, Yellowstone National Park

We just made most of the reservations for our next road trip. Planning a trip is so fun. Instead of driving 8 hours the first day to Gold Beach Oregon, the grueling segment we had planned, we’re going to drive 4 hours to Trinidad California, then 6 hours to Bandon Oregon. We found really cute places to stay. We spent a lot of time booking Portland, which is super expensive. We finally found a reasonable place and also learned a lot about Portland sights and activities. I really wanted to experience being able to walk around, go to cafes and restaurants, and soak up the atmosphere. Plus we learned they have an amazing and huge Japanese garden right in the middle of the city! I can’t wait to photograph the gardens, parks, and river.

Planning really is half the fun of a trip. Now that I’ve seen where we’ll be staying and have perused the areas and maps in the process of making reservations, I’ve already begun having the next experience.

Hope you’re having a peaceful, happy, and/or exciting (in a good way) weekend.

Yellowstone treasure trove

I’m sorry I have been so silent lately. I am up against a deadline and I have a lot left to go! However, I have a treasure trove of photographs that I saved up for just such an occasion, which after all, I did know was coming. As the clock ticks inexorably on toward my looming deadline, please enjoy some lovely photos from Yellowstone National Park.

Hot mud
Hot mud

I enhanced that. Here is the original. I can’t decide which one I like more. Which do you like more?


I guess I like the original more. It’s so soft.

Artists Point, Yellowstone Grand Canyon

I had to get a picture of this artist painting Yellowstone Falls. And then of course, I had to share it.

Artist at Artist's Point Yellowstone
Artist at Artist’s Point Yellowstone

I figured out how to put all my links for my blog review tour in one place. I call it my V8 moment!

V8 moment

I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner! All the links are here and the tour runs 10 more days. Each blog stop that you visit and enter gets you another chance to win the raffle for a signed copy of Love Caters All. Plus you can see all the reviews!

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Wild animals

I talked my hubs into going to the Bear and Wolf Museum in West Yellowstone. I don’t like seeing animals caged, but the museum does a lot of good, and I wanted to see a Grizzly bear in a safe setting.

Grizzly Bear

I love wolves, always have. Look at these cuties.

Wolf 1 Wolf 2 Wolf 3


Wold sleeping 2

I invite you to watch this beautiful, inspiring, and educational video about how the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park regenerated the entire ecosystem and even changed the rivers.

Wolf video

I’ve never seen a golden eagle before.

Golden eagle

Golden eagle 2

There were bald eagles too, but my photos didn’t turn out.

They are building a new area for river otters and beavers, which are once again (thanks to wolves) a big part of the Yellowstone ecosystem. The museum is great for children.

Some more of my favorites from Yellowstone National Park

Today was warmer and partly cloudy. We picnicked at the Yellowstone Grand Canyon after taking pictures of the falls.

Yellowstone Falls viewed from Artist's Point
Yellowstone Falls viewed from Artist’s Point

Then we arrived at our hotel room in the park and discovered we have a view of Yellowstone Lake. We have spent all afternoon and evening gazing at it.

Yellowstone Lake Hotel
Yellowstone Lake Hotel

Well, I also gazed at my photos and processed these for you (and for myself, I’ll admit…so much fun). I took artistic liberties with Sapphire Pool. It’s more pale in reality, but still beautiful. This is in Biscuit Basin, which is right near Old Faithful.

Sapphire Pool in Biscuit Basin (enhanced)
Sapphire Pool in Biscuit Basin (enhanced)

Here is the reporting photo, so you know exactly what Sapphire Pool looks like on a cloudy day.

Sapphire Pool original
Sapphire Pool original

A perfect day for a blogger photographer, Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is extraordinary and well organized for maximum enjoyment. I took 250 pictures. It was basically impossible to take a bad picture today. Here’s a little start for you.

Crazy-happy photographer:


Old Faithful, with some people’s heads to show you how big this geyser is when it blows:


My husband on his birthday trip:



Yellowstone-7 Yellowstone-8

Non-selfie shot:


Nature’s pot of flowers: