My Road

Big boy – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Lest anyone think otherwise, this bad boy owns the road when he gets on it. And – you guessed it – this is from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, where the bison frequently take to the road and get really irritated by stupid touron drivers really quickly. I think Yellowstone is one of my favorite places in the entire US – certainly in my Top 10 list and probably in my Top 5 list. To me, a visit there always gives me a fresh shot in the arm of all things related to the American West – wood bison, gray wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, bald eagles, badgers, elk, deer, geysers, mountains, fumaroles, glass mountains (obsidian), stupendous waterfalls, amazing canyons, on and on.

We always go when it’s best to avoid crowds, so we generally aren’t impacted by buffalo-jams and the like. Sometimes we even have the place pretty much to ourselves, which is just a matter of knowing where to go and when to do so.


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American wood bison (Bison bison athabascae)
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
May 2021
Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Post-Pandemic Road Trip

The Madison Range – Ennis, Montana

We just got back from a three week road trip to the northwestern Rockies, to visit one of our very favorite places – Ennis, Montana. After having been in lockdown and extended social distancing for more than a year, the break felt wonderful. And before you get all judgmental on me – yes, we were both fully vaccinated and we both tested negative for Covid prior to leaving on our journey.

Going through so many states during our long drive, it was challenging to figure out where each community was with regard to reopening. Some still required full mask wearing compliance, others were somewhere in between, and some were like nothing had ever happened. Very weird.

We pretty much avoided being around other people as a whole during the entire trip. We never ate in a restaurant, whether it was sit-down dining or fast food, and we just stayed away from crowds altogether. Once we arrived at our destination, we had a place to stay in all by ourselves, which was exactly what we needed. Lots of nature enjoyment and critter watching, good home-cooked meals, extensive amounts of rest and downtime, no work deadlines for Cindy, no nothing. It was heaven.

However, now we’re back home and have to resume the daily grind of the rat race. Sigh…


Photo info:
The Madison Range
Ennis, Montana
May 2021
Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Status of the Blooms

Wildflower bloom – Poolesville, Maryland

So many blooms have come forth now that it’s impossible to keep up with them; however, I have a special patch of flowers that I’ve been keeping an eye upon. Last year – at the beginning of the pandemic – I planted a big package of Ferry-Morse wildflower mix in our front yard. I marked out a section of our lawn, dug up the sod, prepped the soil, planted the seeds, watered the patch regularly, and enjoyed the resulting blooms until late into the fall.

But I didn’t know if the wildflowers would return as perennials or annuals, so I’ve been patiently waiting to see what would come up. And here they are!

California poppy – Poolesville, Maryland
California poppy – Poolesville, Maryland
California poppy – Poolesville, Maryland
Wildflower blooms – Poolesville, Maryland

So far, it appears that nearly everything has come back and the first early bloomers have begun producing beautiful flowers for the bees, moths, and butterflies to enjoy.


Top Two photo info:
Flowers
Our front yard
Poolesville, Maryland
April 2021
Voigtländer 65/2.0 APO Macro lens
Sony a7 III digital camera

Photo info:
Flowers
Our front yard
Poolesville, Maryland
April 2021
Moment 10mm Macro lens
Apple iPhone 12 Pro