Sunday, April 2, 2017
"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom." Isaac Asimov
A lot of scientific research has been done in Yellowstone National Park. This picture is of some of the microbes at Midway Geyser Basin. Research on some of the microbes found in Yellowstone may one day help scientists find cures for diseases or lead them to other important discoveries. Having scientific research done without the backing of the government is liking paying for an antibiotic when you're sick and then not taking it. It doesn't really do much good. We need scientists desperately, now maybe more than ever before, but we need politicians who are willing to listen to the results of their research. After significant research, if the scientists say that an insecticide, medicine, pollutant or whatever will cause damage to people or that the things we're doing is causing damage to our environment they need to be taken seriously and not merely dismissed. I really don't intend to turn this blog into a political forum, but I am worried that our politicians aren't giving credence to the scientists who are working for the good of mankind and wanted to share my views. If you agree, please contact your legislators and ask that they vote in favor or our environment, our wildlife and our health.
Ok, enough with politics! If you love viewing or photographing textures, Midway Geyser Basin and Black Sand Geyser Basin are two of the best places to find interesting textures in Yellowstone. They look like they've come from another world. A few years ago one of my workshop participants wasn't really that interested in photography and was just coming along with his spouse. That was until he started walking around at Midway. He was so entranced with it that he was the last one to leave the area. He now really likes photography and his wife told me that I had "created a monster". That's what I like to hear when I'm doing workshops, that someone who wasn't "that" interested in photography ends up loving it. Things like that make it all worthwhile! I love sharing my love for Yellowstone with other people and if my love for Yellowstone helps to turn someone on to photography that makes it even better. Have a great day!