Illusion of Fire

I tried to catch the window on the gallery where I stood one night in Salt Lake City.  The automatic exposure of the XA4 was a long one . . . when I first glimpsed this, I wondered what fire I had photographed.

On the Edge

The last time we were visited Yellowstone National Park – which is the size of a small country – the boardwalk surrounding the Grand Prismatic Spring was closed for repair and refurbishing.  Yesterday, we made it . . . it was packed with people from everywhere in the world  . . . but it was worth the crowds.  Fumaroles are amazing in that they are boiling hot, occasionally spout a geyser, and have plant and animal life which can live in such extreme conditions (ones which humans consider extreme, though they probably don’t worry about it too much!).  Besides the odd flora and fauna, the colors in these pools varies, from yellows and ochres, to deep reds, and finally to the blues and turquoises from the Caribbean or Mediterranean.  If you ever get a chance to visit Yellowstone, do so – it’s an amazing place.

Home to the Ancestors

I love Mesa Verde … it is one of the wonders of the world. Here, a view of Spruce Tree House, closed, unfortunately, because of a slide into the area. Heavy rains caused it,and I hope it will be repaired soon. No damage was caused to the structure, which dates ca. 1200 a.d., but to the area where tourists – like yours truly – stand. We were there on an early morning, enjoying the quiet of the canyon into which it is built.