26 Sep 14. This series of mailings from Yellowstone is a first for me in several different ways. First off I have no real idea of how they look as they are being created from a laptop with which I have zero experience instead of my main graphics box at home. Working off such a small and uncalibrated screen leaves me feeling a bit uneasy. Second, I'm sending from a program, Gmail, with which I have little exposure and whose interface I don't like. Finally, I'm working off a shared network that seems to be working for me but not for Jan. As such, we had a dedicated line installed today that now works for Jan but not for me, so I've reloaded the old network that is NOT supposed to be working any longer for us but seems to be working O.K. at the moment. So I have no idea if you will even get these mailings. That confession on the record, the close up for today is of the remains of a dead tree resting in a very acidic environment such as is commonly found in the park amongst the geyser basin areas. Dead trees such as this one are a common sight and I've seen few individuals take photos of them, but I find them rather intriguing. This particular one had some interesting light falling on it that caught my eye and that of the camera as well. What also gets my attention is the grasses that grow alongside as well as in the water. While I have no explanation for how this can occur, I can and do enjoy seeing such things and recording them for posterity. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/320 sec @ f /10.