20 May 16. A bit of a twist for today's close-up in that it is not of a living thing and it is somewhat creative. The area surrounding any of the geysers, pools, or hot springs in Yellowstone is amazingly void of any vegetation. Any that was there in a previous time is now either gone or just there but dead. Returning from a walk around my favorite geothermic spring I came upon a prior conifer that was now quite dead, "dead dead" in fact, my favorite phrase from a medical drama that lasted just one year called Monday Morning, in my mind the only decent medical show in the past several decades. I guess that's why it lasted so long! This particular pine caught my eye as there was just this one skinny branch sticking straight up alongside a portion of the boardwalk positioned as if to say don't forget me. Well, I didn't, and took a couple frames to remember it. I've worked it up several different ways, each providing a different kind of impact, but this one is Jan's favorite so that's what I'm sharing. The water around these geothermal spots can very from very low to very high pH, neither of which support the normal flora or fauna, but do support many types of bacteria and algae. So the normal vegetation one would expect to encounter in the mountains does not survive. The ecosystems here are really quite interesting and at the same time very strange. When you visit Yellowstone, do take the time to learn about the amazing life forms that are abundant in the geothermic sections of the park. You might even consider purchasing a book or two that discuss the life forms in depth.
The base image was cropped some, then I applied a painting filter - palette knife and oils - to it to get the look you see. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200, 1/200 sec @ f / 8.