An October Yellowstone...

Dim vales- and shadowy floods- 

And cloudy-looking woods, 

Whose forms we can't discover 

For the tears that drip all over! 

Huge moons there wax and wane- 

Again- again- again- 

Every moment of the night- 

Forever changing places- 

And they put out the star-light

With the breath from their pale faces. 

About twelve by the moon-dial, 

One more filmy than the rest 

(A kind which, upon trial, 
They have found to be the best)

 Comes down- still down- and down, 

With its centre on the crown 

Of a mountain's eminence, 

While its wide circumference 

In easy drapery falls 

Over hamlets, over halls, 

Wherever they may be- 

O'er the strange woods- o'er the sea- 

Over spirits on the wing- 

Over every drowsy thing-

And buries them up quite

In a labyrinth of light- 

 And then, how deep!- O, deep!

Is the passion of their sleep. 

In the morning they arise, 

And their moony covering 

Is soaring in the skies, 

With the tempests as they toss, 

Like- almost anything- 

Or a yellow Albatross. 

They use that moon no more 

For the same end as before- 

Videlicet, a tent- 

Which I think extravagant: 

Its atomies, however, 

Into a shower dissever,

Of which those butterflies

Of Earth, who seek the skies, 

And so come down again, 

(Never- contented things!)

Have brought a specimen 

Upon their quivering wings.

- Edgar Allen Poe's "Fairy-land"


As we know personally, a Wildfire disaster may be awful, but it is complete -  flooding can be even worse due to water's lingering affects of mold, disease, and contamination. The cleanup due to Hurricane Sandy's wrath will certainly be one of the largest ever in our lifetime - and we forget that Haiti and Cuba have also been deeply affected by this disaster.  If you are able to
 be a part of the healing process, here are a few designated and most charitable sites where you can make a difference by your monetary donation.       

International Medical Corps

Save the Children - Hurricane Sandy donations

Team Rubicon USA - region 3

Salvation Army - Hurricane Sandy Donations

World Vision

 even a little goes a long way, 
is appreciated much MUCH more then you could ever realize.

we would know.


Hurricane Sandy Official Facebook Page




  1. What a beautiful pairing of poem and photographs; outstanding!

    Thank you for including the links. =)

  2. Those are absolutely stunning photos of our backyard! What kind of camera do you use if you don't mind our asking?

  3. Gorgeous photos. I can just see why you love being in nature. And I can just feel how happy you are again. I'm happy for you.

    Cindy Bee

  4. That Edgar, quite a poet he was, and I love the "feel" of your pictures! :)
    Thanks for the links for the hurricane relief, what a mess those poor people have...

  5. WONDERFUL!!! So. beautifully. done. Is that you doing the handstand?

    And thanks for the links!

  6. Such a rich and thoughtful post. You are really good with a camera.

  7. A beautiful poem to go with those photos- you're a beautiful soul.
    I think our church will be doing a collection for Sandy Relief.

  8. Wonderful, wonderful post dear lady!

  9. an entirely different looking place in black and white!

  10. Beautiful pictures, amazing place....thanks for sharing!!

  11. Very cool pics!!! I just have one question, who is doing the handstand! they are amazing!

  12. Love Yellowstone- one of my most favorite spots on earth. Nice pairing of poetry and photography!

  13. I'm grateful for your artistry and for the links. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  14. Speechless is my truest compliment because after seeing Poe's poem illustrated this way, words do not seem enough.

  15. I have goosebumps. Need I say more?
    You are so wonderful to think of others after all you have been through. Thanks for sharing the links to agencies where others can provide aide.

  16. WOW- what breathtaking images!

    Thanks for the message too- my hubs works in emergency management & these things we are all too familiar with.

  17. Love this post, love your blog, love your sense of humor, love your name- feral woman- ha!

    Your newest fan!

  18. Oops, hit the send button too soon...

    I was going to add that since we've been renovating our house full time, it's rare that I get up and put on makeup and fix my hair in the morning- we just get to work. My husband says I've gone feral, which is just fine with me!

  19. Fantastic photography and poetry ~ i am awed by your work ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  20. Fantastic photography and poetry ~ i am awed by your work ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  21. These are wonderful pics and go so well with "Fairyland".
    Thanks for commenting and becoming a follower, please come over and visit again :))
    I followed you through your trials during the horrendous fires - very scary. Glad to see you are coming through it all. :))

  22. Edgar Allan Poe was such a beautiful poet, but many only think he wrote horror stories.

    Your Ansel-Adams like photos are a wonderful complement to his words. xo

  23. Wonderful post and photos... and I love your header!!

  24. AWESOME PHOTOS! Your photos did Poe justice...and visa versa.
    Continued prayers for you and yours.
    Down Memory La La Lane

  25. Excellent post...awesome pics.Our hearts go out to all those that have been affected by Sandy and yet another show of the elements.

  26. Ansel Adams . . . watch out, there's a new kid on the block!
    Great photos . . . and very cool sundial:)

    Have a great day,
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  27. That was beautiful!! You are kind to be thinking of flood victims in your own time of terrible it must be for those affected! I'll never complain about wind again.

  28. that's a different eye on Yellowstone. lovely photos!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond


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