Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- January 29, 2014

Swans in Yellowstone?  I was surprised when I saw them.  Somehow, I thought they migrated to warmer climates as most birds do, but there they were, apparently unconcerned by the ice drifting only a few feet from them.  What beautiful birds!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- January 22, 2014

Yellowstone has so many beautiful areas that it's difficult to choose a favorite, but if I had to, it would be the northwestern part of the park near Mammoth Hot Springs.  I love the views of the mountains in the distance and the abundance of wildlife in the Lamar Valley.  And, of course, there are the terraces at Mammoth itself.  While not as dramatic as the geysers in  the various basins, they're still a beautiful example of thermal features.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- January 15, 2014

Last week we looked at what appeared to be fairly tame elk.  This week's wildlife sighting is a bison, and there's no doubt that it's a wild animal.  Though they normally walk (lumber might be a better word) slowly, you definitely don't want to be in the path of an angry bison.  Their sheer size, not to mention those sharp horns, can be deadly.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- January 8, 2014

If you go to Mammoth Hot Springs at any time of the year, you'll discover that you have to share the roads (and the grass) with the elk.  They're particularly fond of the lawns in front of the buildings, including the Federal courthouse.  No chance of their being picked up for jaywalking.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Special E-Book Sale!

Happy January! 

This is the month that With Autumn's Return, the third of the Westward Winds books, has its official release date.  In celebration of that, Revell is offering the e-book versions of the first two books in the series at a special price.  If  you don't already have a copy of Summer of Promise or Waiting for Spring, I hope you'll take advantage of the new lower prices.  And, of course, feel free to tell your friends about the sale.

Here are some buying links:
Summer of Promise

Waiting for Spring

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! 

I thought I'd spend this month taking you to what you probably already know is my favorite place on Earth: Yellowstone.  Although each season there has its own beauty, since it's winter right now, I'm going to focus on winter in Yellowstone. 

Access is considerably more limited, with only a few roads open and travel to the interior possible only by snowmobile, snow coach (an adventure in itself) and skis.  Despite that, there are compensations, including seeing the the power of the geysers vividly displayed against the snow.  It's one thing to know that the geysers spew hot water, but when you see how much snow is melted by each eruption, there's no doubt that that's very hot water and that there's a lot of it.