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*** I am having technical trouble. I can “favorite” photos, but I cannot prop or comment. I will return to prop and comment photos ASAP.

*****Update: I clicked on "Tools" and deleted my browsing history, but that did not work. So, I shifted from Explorer 8 to "Mozilla Firefox" and am now able to leave props and comments using THAT browser.

[Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, March 4, 2011]

This was the day I decided to visit the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

The Grand Canyon in winter is not for everyone: It is remote, lonely, and very cold.

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River is not, of course, THE Grand Canyon. THAT canyon is in Arizona, and the Colorado River runs through it.

There are only seven on board the snow coach, including the driver, as we enter the Park and plunge into the wilderness. It is a “Christmas-card” kind of day. The scenery is spectacular!

We drive north and follow the Gibbon River for 15 miles (upper left). We turn east for 12 miles, climbing 3,000 feet in altitude (to more than 8,000 feet).

We stop at the Canyon Visitor Center, which reminds me of Dr. Zhivago’s ice palace (lower right). The Center is lightly staffed, and food and facilities are available there.

We drive to several sites overlooking the Yellowstone River and the canyon it has carved. The Lower Falls of the Yellowstone, which drops more than 300 feet, is almost frozen solid (upper right).

We turn away from the Lower Falls and face north for a look at the Grand Canyon. It is a thousand feet deep in places. And, it is breathtaking (lower left).

The Yellowstone River is the longest “free flowing” river in North America. It flows north out of Lake Yellowstone and begins an uninterrupted journey of 675 miles, where it joins the Missouri River. William Clark (of Lewis and Clark fame) explored the Yellowstone as the Corps of Discovery began the long journey home.

On our way back, we stop at the Norris Geyser Basin, the hottest “spot” in the Park (lower right). It is a boiling cauldron. It is so hot, in fact, that the trails are often closed in the summertime.

Contrary to popular belief, Yellowstone National Park is not the size of Rhode Island and Connecticut. It is smaller. It is the size of Rhode Island and Delaware.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

39 responses

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    great comp!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    Incredible scenery Richard. Hope you're able to comment soon.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    Fabulous!! You are pulling at my heartstrings again. Yellowstone is at the very top of places I haven't been! ENJOY.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    Hey, mine is fixed... I am sending instructions on how I did it! This is just breathtakingly gorgeous!! And love the narrative once again!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    As much as I am hating winter right now, these photos make me love it just a tiny bit......outstanding, glorious, fantabulous, stupendous. I could almost live in an area like that! Oh wait....I do!! It looks like your trip has been one incredible event after another. And thank you so much for clarifying the size issue; I'll sleep better tonight! As always, my friend, thanks for sharing!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (26 Mar 2011):


  • Ted Gorczyca

    Ted Gorczyca said (26 Mar 2011):

    Great photos and story

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    Good to see some things take longer to change than others, the visitors center is photos

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    This is a gorgeous collage Dick! Your comments are very interesting too, thank you so much for sharing.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    I would glady freeze to see this!! Each shot is specatacular!! A wonderful collage!

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    A great group of photos!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    the upper right shot is a spectacular fold --wow, so beautiful, Sir R. Well worth the cold (actually, enhanced by the cold, I bet).

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (26 Mar 2011):

    Richard I was having the same problem. Seems to have sorted itself out. Can't get back to my site after tho'. Duh! This winter collage is superb. Send it downunder. this warm autumn is too much. I just love how the snow sits on the rooftops.

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    Your photos are beautiful.... I'm having trouble with links.... you're rocking with the artist's eye.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    Dear Friends, thanks for all of your great comments! I can now leave props and comments as long as I open JPG with "Mozilla Firefox," not Explorer 8.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    One photo is more beautiful than the next,,awesome shots Richard

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    You really captured its pristine beauty before the snow melted...very well done narrative and pictures...On the topic of tech problems, I was wondering why I could get my comments through when I heard others say they couldn't today but I have been using Mozilla Firefox as my main browser and apparently that makes the difference!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    o u t s t a n d i n g!!!!! thank you for sharing your adventures into wonderful places that I have not been yet! Someday.....

  • Tori Lindo

    Tori Lindo gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    Love them!!!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    My goodness, these images are breathtaking!! This is an absolutely delightful collage and narrative!! Can't wait to see more !! I have also had problems on and off again for the last two months with posting favs and comments.. and it has become such a frustration! Will try alternatives and see how they work. Thanks for sharing, Richard.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (26 Mar 2011):

    i had the same problem for a few hours last week. hopefully, it won't last long. i love these pics. if it has to be winter, why not here!

  • Chibelle

    Chibelle gave props (27 Mar 2011):

    Gorgeous compliation... just lovely

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (27 Mar 2011):

    This is such a wonderful series.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (27 Mar 2011):

    Thanks for giving us a glimpse of this beautiful place in the snow! What a gorgeous collage! I got Firefox 4, and can now comment. Thanks for your help, Dick!

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (27 Mar 2011):

    A marvelous eye for composition. Technical skill comes later.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (27 Mar 2011):

    Awesome.... The shots are great....See you soon......EXCITED!!!!!!!!

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (28 Mar 2011):

    Holy Mackerel! This is FANTASTIC!!! I love each and every photo, and the info is outstanding. (Do you really remember all those facts?)

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (29 Mar 2011):

    Definitely National Geographic worthy; remarkable and brilliant!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (29 Mar 2011):

    Beautiful set of images Richard! I hope your tech troubles are solved soon

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (29 Mar 2011):

    Beautiful images, stunning collage Dick!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (1 Apr 2011):

    Wonderful collection of images

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (3 Apr 2011):

    Such beautiful shots Dick! I love the view, but don't care for the cold! LOL!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (4 Apr 2011):

    Your narrative helps me feel i was there...what great images.....Such beauty...

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (4 Apr 2011):

    Lovely composite of a lovely place.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (5 Apr 2011):

    Always a pleasure to stop by, Dick. Another winning collage and narrative.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (5 Apr 2011):

    Ditto Deborah!!!!

  • Alyssa Shain

    Alyssa Shain (Deleted) gave props (8 Apr 2011):

    These are wonderful photos. I feel like i am there.

  • sandeep mishra

    sandeep mishra gave props (19 Apr 2011):

    Very nice collage..would likk to visit yellow stone park soon

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (14 May 2011):

    I have not been there- but I think winter would be a wonderful time to visit the park. Wonderful pictures.

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