Yellowstone Lake, or the Edge of the World?

Yellowstone Lake, or the Edge of the World?

This fire was burning on the east (Absaroka Range) side of Yellowstone Lake and, if I remember correctly, some of the islands, in August 2003. At first glance, I thought this was a tornado. It was a truly spectacular sight, but surprisingly few people joined me at the shore to witness this. Perhaps the light rain and the fact that it was dinnertime accounted for that, but still-- do the tourist masses really have as little imagination and soul as I think they do? Part of the credit for the title goes to SP member RPC.
Bob Sihler
on Sep 4, 2006 5:40 pm
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Klenke - Sep 12, 2006 7:03 pm - Voted 10/10

Probably scared for their lives

"Do the tourist masses really have as little imagination and soul as I think they do?"
Nah, they were probably just scared for their lives.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Sep 13, 2006 1:42 am - Hasn't voted


You're right; they probably were. The bits of ash floating down here and there probably made them think the Apocalypse was upon them.


gimpilator - Sep 30, 2006 1:29 am - Voted 10/10

Awesome shot!

Kind of scary too. I just returned from the Absaroka Range. We had to leave early because all the smoke was making it hard to breath. Hiking up, it was clear but hiking down, you couldn't see more than a couple miles.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Sep 30, 2006 6:47 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome shot!

Thank you! I can relate to your story, too- I had a similar experience in Glacier in 2003 (have some photos and a trip report if you're interested), and I know how it's nice and blue up high while you cough below.


JasonH - Sep 30, 2006 3:36 am - Voted 10/10

Great Shot!

Kind of reminds me of a song. Smoke on the Water..... Great picture!

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Sep 30, 2006 6:51 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Great Shot!

Thank you!


rpc - Dec 12, 2006 9:37 pm - Voted 10/10

Edge of the world!

great scene & great photo!!

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Dec 12, 2006 11:07 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Edge of the world!

Thank you! I like your title better than mine. Maybe I'll change it.

Arthur Digbee

Arthur Digbee - Feb 15, 2007 2:42 am - Voted 10/10

two great shots!

I like both shots a lot, but I think I like this one better -- give it an 11! The portrait layout adds to the drama of the cloud.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Feb 15, 2007 5:21 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: two great shots!

Thanks-- it was an awesome sight. I still can't decide which one I like better. I like the composition of this one better, but I like the colors in the other one more.

skunk ape

skunk ape - Mar 3, 2007 12:37 am - Voted 10/10

Two great shots!

I agree, both pics are great, Think I'd running with the rest of the tourists!

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Mar 3, 2007 1:07 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Two great shots!

Thanks-- no need to have run, though; the fire was many miles away, separated by the lake. All that told you it was real, aside from that plume, was falling ash.


Kerstin - Apr 20, 2007 11:40 pm - Voted 10/10

Beautiful and scary

This is a sight I hope to never see in my home town of South Lake Tahoe. But I feel it's inevitable with our current crowded and under-burned forests.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Apr 22, 2007 5:47 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Beautiful and scary

You're probably right, but I hope you're wrong. It's the same way all over the country, even here in the East, where Georgia and Florida have gotten it bad in the last few years.


donhaller3 - Jun 23, 2007 11:33 am - Voted 10/10

do the tourist masses really have as little imagination and soul as I think they do?

There is that. One of the things that bugs me about National Parks, people seem to follow only routes , car, bus, foot or whatever is programmed for them. If it's not in the guide brochure, it doesn't exist. Rangers, docents and guides with shrill voices, or the casette equivalent, in art museums too, or even in Japanese Gardens, their little herds of docile babbling sheep following them.

End of rant.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Jun 24, 2007 3:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: do the tourist masses really have as little imagination and soul as I think they do?

You mean there's more to Yellowstone than stopping at every roadside geyser basin and creating traffic jams anytime something with hooves or paws is sighted? The horror!


lcarreau - Nov 1, 2007 8:55 pm - Voted 10/10

Yep !

Do what I do ... don't even go to Yellowstone.
Find a lonely ant's hill in the desert, AND make a mountain out of it. Take some photos ... create a few trip reports. Learn the ant's language. Let Nature take it's own course. You'll be so GLAD that you did!

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Nov 2, 2007 1:44 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Yep !

I love Yellowstone too much not to go. But it's not too bad-- just leave your car and walk for about 10 minutes! I hear you about the desert, though-- amazing country, and very rewarding.


lcarreau - Nov 2, 2007 1:59 pm - Voted 10/10

I hear you, BOB...

A LOT of people don't know how to WALK or ride a bicycle, anymore.THANKS for the information!


justahiker - Aug 25, 2008 4:00 am - Voted 10/10

Quite scary....

...but very nice photo!

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