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.


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


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


Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Water, Earth’s glistening coat

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Pelicans at Yellowstone National Park Wyoming

Travel Theme: Green


Double Rainbow, Jenny Lake, Grand Teton National Park Wyoming


Green Foliage, SeaWorld Orlando


Green Stream, Hemlock Falls Trail, Hoosier National Forest Indiana


Dear peaking through the greens, Spring Hill Park, Indiana


Montreal River Scenic Area, Michigan


Cataract Falls, Lieber State Recreational Area, Indiana

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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


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


Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming


  • 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


Other posts in this series on Forests: Temperate Forests, Coniferous Forests, Deciduous Forests, Cold Dry Forests, Hot Dry Forests

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