…National Park focuses on supervolcano features, all spectacular, sublime, and beautiful. In the United States, we are fortunate and privileged to have some of the biggest and most intact wild areas in the world. Certainly, much has changed, but many of the landscapes remain very similar to those first encountered by Western explorers as well as Native Americans (barring, of course, the barring of Native American land use from the lands – saying this is an injustice diminishes the treatment of Native Americans -, decimated herds of migratory animals, destroyed wetlands, etc., etc., etc.). These landscapes hold a certain mystery and exoticness that reminds me of the alien beauty and harshness this world holds. Every time I visit a national park or monument, I am reminded of my smallness and relieved to be a part of this beauty. I feel to be a true part of a greatness that reaches through both time and space. It is my sincere hope that we preserve the National Parks as well as the National Monuments as they add to the beauty and heritage of the United States as well as that of the Earth.
Below are pictures from the Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. The colors and shapes form lovely, abstract compositions obscured by rising steam. Above is a photograph of a sunset over Hayden Valley through which the Yellowstone River flows and plentiful fauna converge.