Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge, Week 39

Stone face

I think he was frozen in time during the last volcanic eruption 640,000 years ago. This was a time when giants roamed the earth.

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Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

 

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Beauty & Joy

If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either.  
~ ~   Joseph Wood Krutch   ~ ~

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Buffalo Bill Reservoir, Wyoming

Travel theme: Horizons

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Eastern Wyoming Countryside

 

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Sunday’s Nature Quote: Come to the woods

Come to the woods, for here is rest.

John Muir

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Water, Earth’s glistening coat

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Pelicans at Yellowstone National Park Wyoming

Travel Theme: Green

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Double Rainbow, Jenny Lake, Grand Teton National Park Wyoming

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Green Foliage, SeaWorld Orlando

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Green Stream, Hemlock Falls Trail, Hoosier National Forest Indiana

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Dear peaking through the greens, Spring Hill Park, Indiana

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Montreal River Scenic Area, Michigan

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Cataract Falls, Lieber State Recreational Area, Indiana

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Refreshment

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.
John Muir – The Yosemite

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Photo taken at Hidden Falls, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

For the Love of Geography: Cold Dry Forests

People often imagine a dry forest as a hot environment; however, cold climates can also be dry. Dry, cold forests include steppe and alpine. Dry forests have a combination of grasslands, shrubs with groupings of various types of trees including conifers.

  • Steppe is a cold dry forest close to montane barriers. Halfway between a forest and desert it consists of grasslands, shrubs and sparse groupings of trees

Caribou National Forest, Idaho

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Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming

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  • Alpine forests, often referred to as montane forests, occur above 10,000 feet and have long winters. Plants are small and close to the ground. Conifers are sparse.   

Mt Shastina, California

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Transportative photography: Same Place, Another Time

Ghost towns have a way of showing the reality of life that all things change and ways of life end. Mormon row is a testament of the courageous people who braved rugged terrain, starvation, illness and lack of resources to forge a better life. As I wandered around the long deserted buildings I thought about the life the former inhabitants experienced, “what life was like for them” and “what they must have thought at the sight of these majestic mountains.”

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 Mormon Row, Grand Teton National Park