Sunday, June 26, 2011

Pahaska ride

Craggy hillsides unexpectedly
covered with inconceivably numerous
brilliant yellow black-eyed susans and
modestly pale purple penstemon flowers,
incredible because Wyoming tends to
be a high desert clime and this year
has been a long, cool wet spring,
resulting in green, colorful vistas.
Mountain sheep cling to microscopic
ledges on sheer sedimentary cliffs.
An eagle's aerie tucked into a cave
on a pitted weathered volcanic formation.
Spills of green down similar cliffs where
ground water has seeped and flowed,
providing encouragement to plant life.
A mere few of the hundreds of
astonishingly beautiful and unsuspected
glimpses during today's motorcycle ride to the east
entrance of Yellowstone Park.

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