Cold & Elk

Now and Then #18

Today’s photo: Cold morning in Southern Ozarks of Arkansas, January 18, 2018 (Apple iPhone 6s)

Today’s photo1: Cold morning in Southern Ozarks of Arkansas, January 18, 2018 (Apple iPhone 6s)

Today the low was 17°F.  The heat pump kept the house at 68° until just after we hit the low for the day, after which it dropped to 66°.  We’ve actually gotten above freezing today.

Photo Favorite: Elk on lawn in Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, September 13, 2007 (Pentax K10D)

Photo Favorite2: Elk on lawn in Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, September 13, 2007 (Pentax K10D)

It’s very common to see elk in Mammoth Hot Springs, especially during the fall rut season.  There are somewhere between 10 to 20 thousand elk that spend some part of the year inside the park, for the most part wintering outside the park in lower elevations. Elk are an important food source for wolves, bears, mountain lions, and at least 12 scavenger species, including bald eagles and coyotes.

Elk are the most abundant large mammal found in Yellowstone. European American settlers used the word “elk” to describe the animal, which is the word used in Europe for moose (causing great confusion for European visitors). The Shawnee word “wapiti,” which means “white deer” or “white-rumped deer,” is another name for elk. The North American elk is considered the same species as the red deer of Europe.3


  1. Today’s Photo is a photo that is almost always taken the day of the blog post.  In some instances, posts may be backdated if internet access is not available on the day of the photo or other reasons prevent posting Now and Then.
  2. Photo Favorite is a randomly selected older photograph from a batch of photos specifically “curated” for Now and Then.
  3. Elk – Yellowstone National Park, National Park Service.

Note: Reference links were accessed on the date the blog post was published, unless otherwise stated.

Arkansas, critters, landscape, mountains, Now and Then, parks, photo favorite, photography, today’s photo, wildlife, Wyoming
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Dead Wood

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Dead wood above Water Canyon falls, Mossy Cave Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, October 8, 2015 (Pentax K-3 II)

Dead wood above Water Canyon falls,  Mossy Cave Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, October 8, 2015 (Pentax K-3 II) 37°39’55″N 112°06’52″W

“At first, this canyon known as Water Canyon, might look like any ordinary Bryce Canyon kind of canyon. It’s not. From 1890-1892 mormon pioneers labored with picks and shovels to carve an irrigation ditch from the East Fork of the Sevier River, through the Paunsaugunt Plateau, into this canyon. Every year since its completion in 1892 (except during the drought of 2002), this canal known as the Tropic Ditch has supplied the communities of Tropic and Cannonville with irrigation water.”2


  1. Image editing to enhance the photo closer to what the eye “saw.” Images in this series are selected within a day or so of being edited and are either posted at the time or scheduled for posting at a later date.
  2. Mossy Cave – Bryce Canyon National Park, National Park Service
hiking, parks, photography, post-processing, Utah
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Hoodoos

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Hoodoos above Mossy Cave Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah – October 8, 2015 (Pentax K-3 II)

Hoodoos above Mossy Cave Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah – October 8, 2015 (Pentax K-3 II)

The Mossy Cave trail is an excellent hike for children, senior citizens, or others wishing to see hoodoos up close but without having to hike long trails up and down steep slopes. It is rated as an easy trail with a round trip distance of .9 miles2


  1. Image editing to enhance the photo closer to what the eye “saw.” Images in this series are selected within a day or so of being edited and are either posted at the time or scheduled for posting at a later date.
  2. Mossy Cave – Bryce Canyon National Park, National Park Service
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Vapor & Pink

Now and Then #17

Today’s photo: Vapor plume from Arkansas Nuclear One Unit 2 Cooling Tower in 14°F air, Illinois Bayou area of Lake Dardanelle icing over, from Lake Front Drive pullout, Russellville, Arkansas; 9:26 AM, January 17, 2018 (Apple iPhone 6s)

Today’s photo1: Vapor plume from Arkansas Nuclear One Unit 2 Cooling Tower in 14°F air, Illinois Bayou area of Lake Dardanelle icing over, from Lake Front Drive pullout, Russellville, Arkansas; 9:26 AM, January 17, 2018 (Apple iPhone 6s)

The low today was 7°F at home.  The heat pump can’t keep up with the heat lost from the house at these temperatures, so we are augmenting it with a fire in the fireplace insert. At night we have 2 quilts on the bed, including Karen’s newest finish.  We can cope with these winter conditions, but we are certainly ready for a warmup, no matter how slight.

Photo Favorite: Pink Azaleas, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia May 12, 2009 (Pentax K10D)

Photo Favorite2: Pink Azaleas, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia May 12, 2009 (Pentax K10D)

May is the time for pink azaleas (Rhododendron spp.) to bloom in the forest and along Skyline Drive, followed by the white flowers of mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) in June. Summer is the time for flowers such as columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), milkweed (Asclepias spp), nodding onion (Allium cernuum), ox eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), and turk’s cap lily (Lilium superbum) to bloom. Also in summer, look for the yellow and orange flowers of touch-me-nots (Impatiens spp.) along streams and near springs, and countless spiked blooms of black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) rising above the forest floor. The Park’s growing season concludes with a strong display of goldenrods ( Solidago spp.), asters (Symphyotrichum spp.), and wild sunflowers (Helianthus spp.) into the fall.3


  1. Today’s Photo is a photo that is almost always taken the day of the blog post.  In some instances, posts may be backdated if internet access is not available on the day of the photo or other reasons prevent posting Now and Then.
  2. Photo Favorite is a randomly selected older photograph from a batch of photos specifically “curated” for Now and Then.
  3. Wildflowers – National Park Service, Shenandoah National Park

Note: Reference links were accessed on the date the blog post was published, unless otherwise stated.

Arkansas, lake, landscape, Now and Then, parks, photo favorite, photography, today’s photo, Virginia, weather
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Glass & Glass

Now and Then #16

The selection of two different glass related photographs for today’s Now & Then post was by purely serendipitous chance.

Today’s photo: Glass ball in decorative chain catches the sun on a frigid Arkansas morning (Pentax K-3 II)

Today’s photo1: Glass ball in decorative chain catches the sun on a frigid Arkansas morning (Pentax K-3 II)

It was 10.0°F on our porch this morning when this photo was taken. It felt colder, with the wind chill factored in.  It barely got into the 20s and tonight is supposed to be even colder.

The Little Rock media went overboard yesterday and today with their winter weather coverage. Yeah, it’s cold and, yeah, some parts of the state did get snow, though we didn’t, but it wasn’t more than 3 or 4 inches anywhere in the state.

Photo Favorite: Mountain Blown Glass, Estes Park, Colorado, Sept. 15, 2011 (Pentax K-r)

Photo Favorite2: Mountain Blown Glass, Estes Park, Colorado, Sept. 15, 2011 (Pentax K-r)

We’ve taken the opportunity in at least 4 different locations around the United States to watch glass blowers work their craft.  It is always fascinating to watch.  Mountain Blown Glass is located at 101-A West Elkhorn Ave. in Estes Park, Colorado.


  1. Today’s Photo is a photo that is almost always taken the day of the blog post.  In some instances, posts may be backdated if internet access is not available on the day of the photo or other reasons prevent posting Now and Then.
  2. Photo Favorite is a randomly selected older photograph from a batch of photos specifically “curated” for Now and Then.

Note: Reference links were accessed on the date the blog post was published, unless otherwise stated.

Arkansas, around home, art, Colorado, crafts, Now and Then, photo favorite, photography, serendipity, today’s photo, weather
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