Hitting the Wall

I was going to link to my pictures of Kaycee’s Red Wall the other day… of course, they were ones not restored yet!  Then I began to kick myself, because when I came down from the Big Horn Mountains the other day… the sunset was glowing on the Red Wall, and it was PERFECT.  Did I take pics???  No… because Carol said, “Gee, I have photos of the Wall, how many more photos of the Wall do I need????”  Sometimes, Carol isn’t thinking…

So, yesterday, as I drove back up over the mountains, I decided to take a few shots.  The light wasn’t exceptional, but, by golly, I wasn’t gonna miss another chance!

After a two lane highway and a good gravel road, you come to this cattle guard.  Nothing too special about it, the surrounding hills are grass and sagebrush covered.  Typical Wyoming.  You *can* see the Slip Road winding its way up the steep incline.  It’s an amazing road now… the first time I went on it *back in the day*, you had a tough pickup with high clearance and four wheel drive and you crept along about 3 miles an hour because any faster would have rattled your teeth loose or your skull would have dented the top of the cab when you hit the next rock!  Now… pssssht!  Smooth sailing!

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Cross that cattle guard and go about 30 more feet.  Look in the mirror to make sure you’re out of the way if someone comes up behind you… then look to your right.

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You’ve breached the Wall!  You’re officially in Hole in the Wall country!  Now, sidetrack I must, because Hollywood makes you think Hole in the Wall means HOLE.  Like, narrow mysterious entrance!  There are plenty of places that could be defended by a bad guy or two if you wanted to follow a deer trail into this area… but to old timers… Hole meant Valley.  Jackson’s Hole (aka Jackson, Wyoming) is Jackson’s Valley… he found it, he trapped beaver in it, it was his spot!  This is the valley beyond the wall.  Looking left, you see the same thing… but the best view of the Red Wall?  Start climbing the Slip Road.

Now, I could have continued this panorama for a few more shots, but… gee… I think you get the idea!

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In the center of this composition is the road and cattleguard crossing the Wall where we first began…

It’s GORGEOUS country…

and if you ever find yourself “hitting the wall”… pray it’s in Red Wall Country!

Light and Shadow

Seems like I’m just buzzing around like a bee, taking care of these twins!  There’s trips to the park, and story time at the library, and a walk (WALK!) to the store to buy a pumpkin, jack-o-lantern carving, and dog walking and reading and baths and cooking and cleaning and laundry…

Whoosh.

I’ll take them back to Ten Sleep with me tomorrow, where we can repeat a Halloween story time, etc. except at MY house!

I’ve talked about the trip over to Kaycee a few times… it’s pretty much guaranteed to give me a pic that I love.  Coming over the last time didn’t fail me.  I do prefer this dirt road to the highway…

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I liked the resemblance between the layers of clouds and the rimrocks and the trees…

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And Wyoming is very good at playing with light and shadow…

 

Have and Have Not

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I have two humongous cottonwoods in my yard…

The one on the left was golden yellow while the one on the right was green…

Ten days later…

Have and have not!

I’m over the mountain helping out with the twins in Kaycee…  Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll have some mountain photos to share… but I must say, these boys are keeping me busy!

The Day is Done

When I get tired working in my studio… I grab a volume of my “Five Foot Shelf of Books” and skim through the pages.  Granted, some selections aren’t made for skimming… but it’s not English class and Mrs. Demorest isn’t grading me, so I skip around.  I found this a few weeks ago… and fell in love with it!

I’ve read it multiple times… and finally decided to share with you.

This was my best “take”… I tried five, yes, FIVE, other times… but Eden barked and the cat growled and Eden played with a water bottle, scrunching and crackling along… and loud trucks drove by and Vernon came home.  This does include one “meow” and a couple of thuds courtesy of Eden… but it’s much better than the take where she stuck her nose on the camera lens!!

The Day is Done by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Day is Done from Carol Greet on Vimeo.