Upside down, rightside up, wet and dry, light and shadow, life and death…all exist in a place peaceful yet born of incomprehensible natural violence.  These dichotomies and more manifest in just this image, where reflections of the sky and straight views of the pool’s bottom vie for visual attention.  Cistern Spring’s overflows have flooded parts of a lodgepole pine forest, killing the trees and causing them ultimately to collapse into the mud.   Cracks from dry times stay remarkably sharply preserved on the sediment, indicating how placid this water has remained; yet it is acidic enough to cause injury to people as well as trees.   Two of the underwater logs form a perfect cross, itself so rich with symbolism in all the ways named above, and so much more.

Yellowstone National Park WY (15 Sep 13) Looking SW
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