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Beautiful things don't ask for attention
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Rumblings

Hat tugged down, rope pulled tight,
through brook and creek, clouded eyesight.
Trice of light, screams like a mourner,
the squall corrals, and gives no quarter.

Trees dance, leaves out, arching east,
grass flat like carpet, blades are creased.
Weeds twist off, then dance like devils,
Mistral gusts pelt hard, then levels.

Boots sink in, a muddy plash,
drizzled mist begins to thrash.
Wet leather wafts into the air,
rolling down his face, not rain, a tear.

Fall on the ground, fingers dig in,
the soil covers broken skin.
Pounding the ground like a drum,
his pain is less when his arms are numb.

Clouds open up and start to pour,
the breaking heart he can't endure.
The droplets mix in with the pain,
his eyes look up, "I am the rain."

© 2016 Peter Noah Thomas ~ All Rights Reserved

#poem #rain #pain #poetry
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Artist Grafton Tyler Brown

Grafton Tyler Brown was an American painter, lithographer and cartographer. He was the first African American artist to create artwork of the Pacific Northwest, California and also, Yellowstone.

He was born in 1841 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His father, a freedman, was involved in the abolitionist movement. Grafton Tyler Brown worked for a printer in Philadelphia when he was just fourteen years old and learned the skill of lithography. Brown moved to San Francisco in the 1860s and he worked as a lithographer before becoming known as a painter in the 1880s.

He worked at Kuchel & Dressel in San Francisco from 1861–1867. In 1867 he opened his own firm and in 1878 he created The Illustrated History of San Francisco, which consisted of 72 topographical images of the city. He sold his company the following year.

He left the Bay Area in 1882 and moved to Victoria, British Columbia where he participated in the Amos Bowman Geological Survey. While in the survey, he served as a draftsman and documented the Cascade Mountains. In 1884 he moved back to the United States and traveled throughout the northwest and west, painting sites he visited like Mt. Rainier. He lived in Portland, Oregon, painting landscapes and also traveling to Yosemite to paint.

He visited Yellowstone in 1885 painting many of the areas beautiful landmarks and scenery. He made 28 of his park views available through a promotional brochure. You can see his View of the Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone at the following link. It hangs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It's my favorite: https://goo.gl/QeL68X

In 1893, Brown moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota. In St. Paul he worked again as a draftsman, this time for the United States Army Corps of Engineers and for the city of St. Paul's engineering department. He died in St. Peter, Minnesota in 1918.

#wyoming #yellowstone #blackhistorymonth
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This is my new favorite word

Twilight drops her curtain down, and pins it with a star. - Lucy Maud Montgomery

Pronounced: https://www.howtopronounce.com/camhanaich/

Good morning!

#newword #wordoftheweek #wordoftheday #wednesdayword #newwordwednesday #words
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NASA news conference Wednesday about a new discovery

NASA has set their news conference for 10 a.m. PT Wednesday to officially share the science.

NASA will announce new findings about planets orbiting other stars that look to be the biggest exoplanet news since last year's announcement of a potentially habitable exoplanet around our closest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri.

#science #space #NASA #spaceexploration

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Happy birthday, Ansel Adams

He is famous for his photographs of Yosemite, but he also visited Yellowstone and took some beautiful photos.

It was 1941 when the National Park Service asked Ansel Adams to create a photo mural for the Department of the Interior building in Washington, DC. Unfortunately, the project was never completed because of World War II. The US National Archives has 226 photographs from that project which were taken between 1941-1942, and 27 are of Yellowstone.

You can see all of them, as well as the Grand Teton park photos he took at this link: https://www.archives.gov/research/ansel-adams

You'll also find photos from other national parks there and it's worth the look. If you click the picture below, it will take you to a wonderful article about Ansel Adams in Yellowstone. Enjoy! =]:)

#wyoming #yellowstone #anseladams

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There goes Beehive Geyser again

Beehive Geyser is located in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. The 4-foot tall cone looks like a beehive, which is where it gets its name of course.

The eruptions of Beehive Geyser last around 5 minutes and are about 200 feet high. The fountain of water stays at its full height for the duration of the eruption, dropping just slightly near the end.

Roaring steam at the end of the eruption can be heard a quarter-mile away. The time between eruptions ranges from 16-18 hours to one day during the summer. Winter eruptions are very erratic. Enjoy this video at my site of Beehive erupting this winter, just a few days ago in fact. =]:)

#wyoming #yellowstone #video

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Bobcat looks out from its hunting blind from Madison River

The Yellowstone Bobcat (Lynx rufus) is one of the more elusive animals to spot in the park. They like to hang out in rocky areas, conifer forests and you can occasionally see one near a river or lake as they hunt. Winter is a great time to spot one.

I wrote more about the Yellowstone Bobcats here: https://goo.gl/JGTZZN

#wyoming #yellowstone #wildlife

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NASA needs your help

NASA is enlisting the public to help find Planet 9 as well as asteroids, faint dwarf planets in the outskirts of the solar system, and failed stars within a few dozen light years of us. And you can do it from your couch!

Read the article for more details.

#space #science #NASA
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