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Hot springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 2010

Hot springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 2010

I photographed this group of people enveloped in the steam pouring from the earth in Yellowstone’s Midway Geyser Basin. They stand upon wooden boardwalks that are largely invisible here. They seem to be incongruously walking on fire, and appear oblivious to the fact that they are also floating within a cloud, a cloud not so different from the ranks of clouds that float in the sky over their heads. They are linked here to the forces of nature itself, and should long remember this moment.

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Phil Douglis19-Jun-2010 18:21
You can look at the message in a number of ways in terms of how it symbolizes today's world, Carol. We could see man as having lost his bearings. Or perhaps the steam could symbolize pollutants and this image might be a metaphor for the world we have created. In the end, however, I saw it as man totally immersed and overwhelmed by the natural world here -- for a change!
Carol E Sandgren19-Jun-2010 18:16
This speaks volumes of today's world, doesn't it!
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