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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

November 1, 2011

Step Off the Road
a poem for Yellowstone
by
Andrew Talbert

I remember the first steps off the road
into the tall, leafy, emerald grass.
This place is beautiful,
I’m told,
this place is wondrous,
they said,
I will never forget the vistas.

But what is so captivating about giant
hot tubs of rotten-egg tainted sulfur
that bubble in the blowing breeze?
It’s that inner beauty,
they said,
there’s a world inside that turquoise liquid
that shines like a lapis-lazuli in the sun,I’m told,
something special sits in those pools.

Could it be the geysers?
Those scalding blowholes from the enormous
whale sizes us right in this world
that somehow keeps everything running.
They are unique skyscrapers
that not even the most imaginative engineers
can create. It is the only time a sneeze
can be beautiful;
it is the only time the pearly white of steam
seems alluring.

The roar of the flamethrower-like chimney
of water melds into a howl of the haunting
and waking wolves running through the maze
of trees.
And the elk, who nonchalantly graze
that green grass from rise till set.
A certain tranquility—serenity
floats in the air like a feather,
gently into the clearest saphire sky.

I remember taking those first steps off the road
into a different world.

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Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park. It was established in 1872. Yellowstone extends through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. The park’s name is derived from the Yellowstone River, which runs through the park. It’s unclear if the name first referred to the sulfurous yellow rocks below the falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River or to the sandstone bluffs that border its shores.

Within the massive park boundaries, you can find mountains, rivers, lakes, and some of the most concentrated geothermal activity in the world. The park has 60% of the world’s geysers as well as many hot springs and several mud pots. Perhaps the most famous feature of the park is the geyser Old Faithful.

You can also see the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, one of the world’s largest petrified forests, and countless waterfalls. The park is also home to diverse wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk.

HERDS OF BISON IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

BISON YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

BISON - YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

ELK BUCK WATCHING HIS FEMALES IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

ELK FEMALE HERD YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

WATER FALL AT GRAND CANYON YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - GRAND CANYON

OLD FAITHFUL GEYSER - YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

OLD FAITHFUL GEYSER

OLD FAITHFUL GEYSER WITH OLD FAITHFUL INN IN THE BACKGROUND YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - THERE ARE 713 GEYSERS AT THE PARK

SMALL GEYSER - YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

GEYSER IN THE UPPER GEYSER BASIN

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - UPPER BASIN GEYSER

BLUE STAR SPRING - YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

GEYSER - YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

TRAVERTINE TERRACES - YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

PHOTOS BY:

LEONARD EPSTEIN

JANELLE BURGESS

VIDEOS:

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK http://youtu.be/luPLv0rhaOQ

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK HIGHLIGHTS – http://youtu.be/Zj5PWyDkRsA


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