For five days during the summer of 1988, I camped just outside Yellowstone Park, where I witnessed the terrifying spectacle of a national treasure engulfed in fire. Yet I noticed, amid the flames, the process of nature's rebirth, kindling my renewed faith in life.
Near my campsite, I spoke with some Sioux Indians who had assisted in the fire-fighting operations. They told me they believed that the losses of nature yielded a triumphant renewal. They pointed out the animals' dignified, almost serene movements as they grazed near the raging fire. It was true: I had expected them to make wild, frightened attempts to escape, but the elk and buffalo seemed to regard the fire with a calm respect and acceptance.
I had considered photographing the buffalo, fire and smoke to study for my composition, but the Sioux urged me not to. You will remember it better, if you capture the sight in your heart. - BM
Bonnie Marris - New Beginnings
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