Happy Birthday to the love of my life. I wanted to do something special for your day. Irma was not what I had planned, just so you know. I love you… Emerging tomorrow we hope.
As most of you know, Irma is bearing down on South Florida. Hopefully those here have their shutters up, and plans secured. It has been 12 years since Wilma cut power to 6 million south Floridians. This storm is bigger, badder, faster and stronger. Yikes. We are all watching the eye…and hoping we are far enough away to avoid the worst Irma has to offer. Still they are talking 21 hours of hurricane force winds here. That will seem like an eternity and creates the potential for huge amounts of damage.
So a friend noted – big fires in California,, Montana, Washington and other parts of the west, Harvey flooding Texas, Katia heading to Mexico, Irma barreling through the Islands and Florida, Jose barreling behind Katia in the islands, and earthquake in Mexico.. You know people ask for signs – so is the Earth trying to tell us something???
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I just returned from a week in Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks. Both are parks that demonstrate why it is that we set lands aside. Yellowstone is a caldera of a volcano. The park has 4 distinct areas – big lakes/water, boiling water and geysers, wide valleys, and forested areas (often dry). The elevation is 6,000-8,500 ft in most areas, and the park is bigger than Rhode Island. The Tetons rise out of the lakes at their base. No other mountains anywhere around really. Wildlife was limited in Yellowstone (although I did see deer, elk, black bears, bison (in the middle of the road of course) and at long last a coyote – first time in years). Lots of spouting, very hot water. Saw more wildlife in the Tetons – elk, deer, bison, pronghorn, moose. No grizzlies and no wolves. 56 mi of hiking. Lots of photos – took almost 1700. Here are a few, More to come…
I hope you had the opportunity to watch the eclipse. I figured out how to photograph this! I finally figured out how to use my Canon Rebel XTI and the sunshades to take photos. So best we can do using reflective lenses on the Sun. At 300 mm.