Monthly Archives: September 2014

Natural Frame

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August 2014 – Wyoming, Yellowstone Park

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

Natural frame is when you photograph something where there is framing within the photo. I had no idea that this is an exercise in a photography course but once I noticed a huge branch of a bare naked tree naturally framing the forest and steamy hot springs of Yellowstone Park in the background, I instantly wanted to capture this. The photo was taken with the professional camera and tip off of a very special friend that I really want to thank for introducing me into the realm of photography.

The Narrows

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August 2014 – The Narrows, Utah

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park, was rated #5 in the National Geographic ranking of America’s Best 100 Adventures….and I can confirm from personal experience that it’s indeed an adventure and an ultimate travel experience I think everyone should try.

Hiking is done largely in the river as, for a third of the route, the river runs canyon wall to canyon wall. Hiking in the river was a challenge for me and an unforgettable experience. The water was murky and the bottom of the river was covered with round, basalt rocks. Proper footwear and bringing a walking stick was essential …. but I found out too late…I was barefoot hiking in the river with a severe thunderstorm warning being announced that could cause the Narrows to flash flood. Fortunately, after 2-3 hours hiking I’ve managed to get out of there with just some bruises and cuts on my feet and knees.

Later on I found out that hikers should exercise caution when hiking the Narrows during rainy periods as the winding canyon and sheer walls make approaching flash floods all the more sudden and difficult to evade. The Narrows Escape (published in 2012) is a fictional novel written by Brad Allred – a survivor of a flash flood in the Narrows.

Living color

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August 2014 – Wyoming, Yellowstone Park

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

Next stop Canyon Village for lunch time but even then … we kept discovering more of the Yellowstone Park beauties and mysteries. Shimmering in this hot spring is a living palette of color. Billions of heat-loving microorganisms called ‘thermophiles’ carpet the spring in conditions that are lethal to humans. Some scientists study these remarkable thermophiles and their hot spring habitats to determine whether other worlds beyond Earth might support life.

Rainbow myth

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August 2014, Wyoming, Yellowstone Park

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

Dating back to old Europe, there was an Irish legend saying that Leprechauns bury pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. It looked like I did find the end of the rainbow and it was in the Northwest corner of Wyoming, where Yellowstone National Park lies, the oldest and most famous National Park in the United States. The rainbow seemed to end at the lower Yellowstone falls, near Canyon village but the ‘ugly truth’ is that there is no end to a rainbow. Rainbows are actually full circles, except the Earth itself gets in the way of us seeing the complete circle….but do I really want to know the truth or live the legend?