Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- September 30, 2015

Have you ever thought about how many shades of green there are?  As I travel across Wyoming, I'm reminded that there are more greens here than in the box of 64 crayons I used to have, and each tells a story.

Wyoming is a semi-arid state, so you won't see the lush velvety-green pastures of the East.  What you will find are shades of green, depending on how much water individual areas receive.  The row of deep green trees in the distance tells travelers there's a small creek nearby.  In the foreground, you see the gray-green of sagebrush, and in between there's the yellow green of grass getting ready to go dormant.
Boring or pretty?  It's all in the eye of the beholder.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- September 23, 2015

Have you ever seen a fence like this?  I wasn't sure why there were extra pieces of wood until I noticed the wires connecting them.  Apparently they're used to stabilize the fence in high winds.  If you've ever been to Wyoming, you know why that's necessary.  High winds are part of the reason we have some of the cleanest air in the country.
Here's another view of the fence.  Note, too, the watering troughs.  This is cattle ranching country, and beef on the hoof need water.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- September 16, 2015

You might think no one lives here, and you'd be right, but what's that abandoned building in the background?  Here's a closer look.
What is it?  A storage shed?  A temporary shelter?  Something else?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- September 9, 2015

For traveling long distances, there's nothing that beats the interstates.  (Thank you, President Eisenhower, for recognizing the need.)  But leaving the interstates for the backroads provides the opportunity to see the countryside "up close and personal."  I found this road, which heads through the Laramie Range, intriguing.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- September 2, 2015

How often do you see a sign like this?  I suspect it's one of tourists' favorite parts of Wyoming's interstates, and I have to admit that the extra five miles an hour make a difference on long trips.  But sometimes it's nice to slow down and enjoy the scenery.  That's what we'll be doing for the rest of September.