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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Yellowstone & Grand Tetons: Here Comes the Rain

They say if you don’t like the weather in Yellowstone wait ten minutes and it will change and I can totally relate to that saying because that is what we said about Michigan weather where I grew up.

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WEATHER CREATES DRAMATIC SKIES

I now live in Los Angeles and have been here for 8 years now and I still revel in the amazingness of near perfect weather every single day HOWEVER I was born in raised in Michigan where there was TONS of weather, I went to college in Pittsburgh where there was even MORE weather if that was possible and then I moved to LALA land. When I left for this trip, on the long list of things I was looking forward too would be that Yellowstone has some serious weather.

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DELICIOUS CLOUDS CATCH FADING SUNSET LIGHT AND MAKE LANDSCAPE PHOTOS THAT MUCH MORE INTERESTING

Yellowstone National Park sits at a geographical junction where
the climate can get a little crazy. Because the mountains are so high and the valleys are so low within a very short distance, only about 80 miles, thunderstorms are often created.

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THE COLOR OF THE JOY IN MY HEART IS TRAPPED IN THE SKY

And June, the month I decided last minute I wanted to travel to Yellowstone, is called by the locals as ‘The June Monsoon’.

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AND THEN THE LIGHT BECOMES SO DRAMATIC AS THE SUN PUNCHES THROUGH THE CLOUD SURFACE

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THE WORLD BECOMES ALMOST PAINTED WITH LIGHT

Of course I have to take the good with the bad, and clouds generally mean rain. I was lucky in the fact that when it did rain, it didn’t rain often.

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RAIN RAIN GO AWAY, YOU CAN COME BACK WHEN I LEAVE PLEASE

There was really only one day, around three in the afternoon, where it started to rain and didn’t let up for hours. When rained out of the outdoors the only choice is to go indoors.

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THE RAIN WAS COMING DOWN HARD

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I DECIDED TO GO TO THE VISITORS CENTER

I decided to visit the Craig Thomas discovery and visitor center where I looked at things I didn’t intend to buy in the store, browsed through numerous books on the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, visited a ranger led talk about the best way to take photos, I have to say I probably could have taught that one but it was still fun and something to do, and I walked around and saw some great paintings.

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A COLORFUL PAINTING OF A GRIZZLY

I left the center a few hours later and drove to the valley hoping it would stop raining and I would see something interesting. I prayed for it to stop raining, and then my prayers were answered. About a half hour after leaving the visitors center the rain let up and I was just in time for the marvellous sunset.

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IT CAN’T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS

1 comment:

lilmansworld said...

sounds like a nice respite of weather :) nature centers rule! the sunset pic would go well with that other photo I would frame. thank you flickr

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