SPRING IN THE THUMB & HENRY DAVID THOREAU
"We loiter in winter while it is already spring. In a pleasant spring morning, all men sins are forgiven." Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
"One attraction in coming to the woods to live was I should have leisure and opportunity to see the Spring come in." Henry David Thoreau
"I am on the alert for the first signs of spring, to hear the chance note of some arriving bird, or the striped squirrel's chirp, for his stores must nearly be exhausted, or see the woodchuck venture out of his winter quarters."
HENRY DAVID THOREAU - WALDEN
"Our village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it. We need the tonic of wildness, - to wade some-times in marshes where the bittern and the meadow hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground."
ROAD THROUGH MONUMENT VALLEY
WEST MITTEN, EAST MITTEN, AND MERRICK BUTTE
CLY BUTTE (NAVAJO WORD FOR "LEFT") - NAMED AFTER A WELL-KNOWN NAVAJO MEDICINE MAN BURIED AT THE FOOT OF THE FORMATION.
EXTREMELY ROUGH AND FULL OF DEEP POTHOLES IN OTHERS - CARS BEWARE!
(CONSIDER TAKING A JEEP TOUR WITH THE NAVAJO ON THIS 17-MILE DIRT ROAD - THE GUIDED TOUR VISITS PLACES NOT ACCESSIBLE FROM THE ROAD)
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK - 2017
PICTURES UNEDITED, EXCEPT FOR SIZE
YELLOWSTONE MEMORIES - 2017
A VIEW OF THE ROOSEVELT ARCH FROM THE CITY PARK IN GARDINER, MONTANA
A BULL ELK RESTS IN THE CITY PARK WITH HIS HAREM WHILE ONE OF HIS COWS LOOKS ON.
GRAND CANYON OF THE YELLOWSTONE
AMERICAN BISON - ONE OF THE MOST NUMEROUS ANIMALS IN THE PARK
A BULL ELK, RESTING IN THE SHADE OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS, GUARDS HIS HAREM AT MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS.
A YOUNG BULL ELK HANGS OUT IN THE MAMMOTH CAMPGROUND
GOVERNMENT TRAPPERS RETURN FROM CHECKING A LIVE TRAP FOR GRIZZLIES.
AND FIGHTS BRANCHES RATHER THAN LARGER RIVALS.
THE OCTOBER FULL MOON SETS OVER YELLOWSTONE'S DRAMATIC LANDSCAPE.
THE RECENTLY COMPLETED ROOSEVELT ARCH PLAZA IN GARDINER, MONTANA,
IMPROVES AND INTERPRETS THE HISTORIC ENTRANCE TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK.
...AND THEN THERE IS THE ROAD TO MONUMENT VALLEY AS SEEN IN THE MOVIE "FORREST GUMP"
JOHN FORD POINT - THE FILM DIRECTOR SHOT HIS WESTERNS IN MONUMENT VALLEY: "STAGECOACH" (1939), "SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON" (1949), AND "THE SEARCHERS" (1956)
EVERYBODY STOPS FOR A PICTURE ON HIGHWAY 163....
THE NAVAJO NAME FOR MONUMENT VALLEY IS "TSE BII NDZISGALII." IT MEANS "VALLEY OF THE ROCKS." THE ANCESTRAL HOME OF THE NAVAJO INCLUDES THE NAVAJO TRIBAL PARK, WHICH COVERS AN AREA OF APPROXIMATELY 91,700 ACRES.
RECENT MOVIE (2013)
"THE LONE RANGER"
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"FORREST GUMP" (1994)
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