The forces of Nature in this post aren't similes. In recent, post-Hugo, post-Worldcon comments, I mentioned that my wife and I took a vacation immediately after the con. Three destinations on our itinerary offer opportunities to reflect on the true forces of Nature.
(And speaking of my recent posts, an aside. If, when you read this, it's still September 2015, you might want to check out my too narrowly titled post "Holiday-weekend reading." One of my publishers is running a month-long special on ebook editions of two of my non-series novels. For one of these novels, you can choose your own price. Even free. Now back to today's topic ...)
|Clements Mtn. (with glacier)|
We never got close to any of the eponymous glaciers, and smoke softened some spectacular vistas. One glacier, glimpsed from a distance -- with the haze from recent forest fires all too evident -- is shown above. And surely the seismic forces that raise such mountains likewise demonstrate Nature's incredible power.
We also drove through sections of the park where everything had burned, the landscape reduced to the appearance of a telephone-pole convention. I don't have any pictures of those sad, bare, scorched trunks. We followed the park rangers' admonitions not to stop along that part of the road.
|At the end of the Avalanche Trail|
|The other Grand Canyon|
Of course Yellowstone is best known for its active seismic regions. We saw the famous geyser Old Faithful -- but that area was so built up, so mobbed with other visitors, that it was my least favorite aspect of the park. Instead, to represent an active seismic function, I choose a close-up of the mud volcano.
|Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble|
|An old lava field|
Yup, the forces of Nature truly are awesome.