Monday, December 2, 2013

Random photo



This was taken on a path heading to an overlook of The Grand Canyon of The Yellowstone in September 2013.  The marker nearby read:

"The canyon varies from 800 to 1200 feet in depth and from 1500 to 4000 feet in width.  Its length is about 24 miles.  The upper 2-1/2 miles is the most colorful section.  Hot spring activity has continued through the ages altering the lava rock to produce lovely colors which are largely due to varied iron compounds.  Have you noticed that steam vents and geysers are still at work on the canyon walls?"

Far below you can see the Yellowstone River.  It was of the brightest blue.  More information about this place can be found here.

I hope those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful day with your family and friends.  We spent ours in Virginia Beach where 17 people attended this year, the oldest 93 years of age - my father-in-law - and the youngest two years and seven months' old - our great niece.   

We have been away from home since last Tuesday and will be traveling north today. I have caught a stinker of a cold and am looking forward to getting rid of the darned thing.  It's been at least two years since the last one and it took me by surprise.  I also have to write and send the Christmas Cards out next week.  As usual I am way behind.  It has snuck up on me yet again.  Can you believe it is December already?  Where on earth did this year go?  Time to get the tinsel out and start decorating the Christmas Tree.

I would like to wish my niece in Germany - aka 'my little sister' - A Very Happy Birthday.  May your day be a joyful one in every way.

Added note: we're home after a reasonably fast trip, because I slept for most of it.  I always take our pillows on journeys longer than two or three hours for extra comfort, and they came in useful.  It took us three-and-a-half hours (it would have been just over three hours if we had not stopped at a Starbucks drive-through for my latte and Gregg's lemonade iced tea) and the traffic was light.  I expect everyone went home after the Thanksgiving holiday the day before.  

27 comments:

Linda said...

This is glorious, Denise. Your header is stunning.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Denise,

Love your photo of the Yellowstone park - I was there in the 1980's and was great to see the geyser and the wonderful park.
Sorry to hear that you have a cold away on holiday, take care and feel better.
Happy week
hugs
Carolyn

Our photos said...

Beautiful place and beautiful photo!
Greetings, SK

Kay said...

That photo looks like it must be near Artist's Point. It's gorgeous!

I'm so sorry you've caught a cold. That's the most annoying thing when you're traveling.

I can't believe it's already time for Christmas too.

Elephant's Child said...

This year has moved faster than a speeding bullet and I am so not ready for Christmas.
I am more than ready for this stunning and majestic image though. Thank you.

Cloudia said...

unreal!



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Gert Jan Hermus said...

How beautiful. What a great depth!

I hope that you'll have a great week!
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Valerie said...

I wouldn't mind exploring that place, Denise, if only to say I'd been there... smiles. Hope you soon get rid of that cold.

Thanks for reminding me to write my Christmas cards.

Roy Norris said...

An amazing image Denise.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Hi Denise, OMG that photo is spectacular. I can imagine how wonderful it must have been in person.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I'm getting the itch to go back to Yellowstone. Great pic.

Sandra said...

thanks for stopping by my post today. that canyon is beautiful... and your header is AWESOME...

From the Kitchen said...

I came over from Sandra's blog when I saw VA girl in your blog title. I'm a Virginia girl born and raised. Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful photos.

Best,
Bonnie

eileeninmd said...

A gorgeous Yellowstone scene and photo, Denise! Have a happy day!

Out on the prairie said...

Nice pic, hope you get rid of that cold.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi There, I love that part of Yellowstone. I could spend a long long time in the canyon area..

Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving… Hope you feel better soon.
Hugs,
Betsy

gigihawaii said...

Yes, I have a cold, too. Darn. I caught it from my grandkids when I babysat them recently. Anyway, I emailed you my Christmas newsletter. Hope you like it.

Sherone Taylor said...

It is really sad that though i live less than 3 hours away from Yellowstone, I have never seen this waterfall. After looking at your photo, I am officially placing it on my bucket list.

Linda@arichtapestry said...

It must be amazing to look down at the river from on high. It must look like a blue ribbon meandering through the canyon. Hope you get over that cold very soon, Denise.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

I think you need a nice long rest. Take care of yourself. Yes, I know it is December, it happens every year. Dianne

Terri Buster said...

I have a few shots like this and they are my favorite. I love the water..so far below. You got a great photo!

Brian King said...

That is gorgeous! Wow!

Karen said...

That's quite a view!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog, Denise; always glad to see your name there. I saw what happens to us and the United States when Yellowstone finally erupts. Not much of most place will be leftover. Sad, but most who go there have no idea the caldron beneath their feet is growing and will burst open as a volcano that will leave some cities worse off than Pompeii. I am glad you got to see it before this event happens.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful view ... Yellowstone is so amazing.

I hope you get over your cold soon...no fun.

Kathie Brown said...

Happy belated Thanksgiving Denise. So sorry you were sick. Love the photo and the place! and no, I cannot believe it is December already!

Marie said...

Been missing you, Denise, and all my great blogger friends! I finally posted an ABC Wed...not much else has been posted the last few months between my computer crash, company and other issues (there will be greater info on all that later)I am so happy you have been traveling so much! What a wonderful thing getting to be with family, and seeing the country (the world!) is! LOVE this shot! What a beautiful area, and great photo!