The Hidatsa or Minnetaree Native People named Yellowstone National Park Mitseadazi which means yellow rock river.
Since then scholars have gotten into all sorts of disagreements about where the Hidatsa saw these yellow rocks in Yellowstone.
I don’t really get the disagreements, yellow rocks and stones are everywhere here!
This is my last post on the American West.
I can imagine how beautiful it must be now,
filling with silent snow,
as the critters hunker down,
for the long, cold, Yellowstone winter.
Cheers to you from the finally raining Holler_

197 thoughts on “Mitseadazi~

    1. Yes! Since it has all these boiling geysers, it steams. The animals escape the cold by hanging near the heated pools. I’ve never been in winter, but I have seen photos. It must be incredible.

    1. Yes, eh!! πŸ™‚ Actually I would like to visit in winter too. I hear the animals cluster closer to geyser basin, and the shots I’ve seen with the steam and the buffalo in the heated pools look amazing. You have to go in by this snow cat buses and it will be nippy. But, I’m game, eh…When you want to go? πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

    1. That makes three of us so far. Maybe if we can get a group, we could arrange a free bloggers trip! Put us up and we will all blog about the experience. You know, I bet it would work…….

    1. I can go three years max without visiting a US national park, and that is only if I am visiting other countries national parks in the interrim! I love all national parks.

  1. You made Yellowstone look so beautiful and interesting. We visited some years ago in late fall and were a little disappointed. Maybe we should have gone there earlier in the year.

    1. I think late fall is the best time. The problem with Yellowstone is the crowds. I find going into the back sections of the park helps, Yellowstone Lake, Mammoth Springs. This gives access to Haydn and Lamar Valley. Yellowstone lake in particular is huge, with a hundred+ miles of lake shore, 90% of which is completely empty. The back country in Yellowstone is pretty incredible.

  2. Cindy, these are all gorgeous photographs! The first one, at the top, fooled me into thinking that it was an abstract painting of Yellowstone at first. It’s just got that quality, but I knew it was of the park. This series makes me want to visit Yellowstone so badly now. I’ve put this at the top of my to-do list. Thanks for this glimpse! ~Lynn

    1. If you do decide to go, email me, I have tips on where to go to find the critters, and where to stay to avoid the people, since I know you are like me, and will to do both these things! πŸ˜‰

      1. Fantastic! Yes, we’re definitely of the same mind, and you can bet that I will ask you for pointers whenever there’s an opportunity for me to go! Thank you Cindy! πŸ˜€

  3. Ah, you make me homesick for it all, Cindy…, the mountains, those clear, cold little streams, the waterfalls (especially that one), the scent of spruce and pine in the air, and the animals. Was that Morning Glory? I seem to remember it as being much more blue and not so much yellow in it. Oh, well, time changes everything. G’nite Cuz. πŸ™‚

    1. Nope, not Morning Mlory, she is bigger and more true blue, just as you remember. She made such an impact on me as a kid, that it has lasted all my life. I visited her again of course. Sleep well dear cuz~

  4. Cindy, these pictures brought back nice memories for me, when I was there with my mom. The picture you took are so beautiful, thank you for sharing! Hugs! Veraiconica

  5. I am amazed at how diverse our terrains are from region to region. The American West was “made proud” through your magnificent and majestic photographs, Cindy.
    Glad you are getting long awaited rain, much overdue, I am afraid, to your Holler. Sending you warm hugs from Ohio. πŸ™‚

  6. These shots gave me chills. As a retired Earth Science teacher — I do love my rocks. πŸ˜€ I’m glad we switched places for the day. You get the rain and we are getting record warmth and sunshine. I was standing with a group of my neighbors and the one comment we shared was that we never remember having to mow our lawns in November. I hope the gentle rains stay with you for a while. I know you deserve them. <3

    1. Yellowstone is a geo-thermal wonderland of earth processes in the making isn’t it. It is fascinating and when the Old Faithful Inn was built it was called Wonderland. Enjoy your warm sunshine and green grass. I am so happy looking out at wet hills at The Holler!

    1. It strikes me as so silly. They actually published conflicting papers saying they saw yellow stones here on the river, no they saw it there. Come on folks, they saw them everywhwere. We need Dr. Suess to weigh in! πŸ˜‰

  7. I got a good giggle out of this, as I imagined some pedants ignoring the natural glory all around them as they argued about whether a rock was a stone or a stone was a rock., and was it yellow….or maybe chartreuse….

    1. Internet travel is pretty awesome, they are no travel related mishaps, no air flights, no expense, just your screen, your eyes and your imagination. A wonderful way to travel!

  8. Yellowstone is such a wonderful place for learning about geology, if you can take time out from admiring the beauty and the wildlife. Another thing that impresses me about Yellowstone is how quickly it recovered from the devastating forest fires of several years ago. I have good memories of the walkway you showed. –Curt

    1. We have been in YS during two previous fires. You can still see some of the burned areas. I remember driving up to Yellowstone when the kids were little, with snow still on the ground and fire burning in the pine trees. In Glacier fires were still burning when we were there. YS is simply remarkable in terms of it’s geothermal and seismic activity. It’s still forming!

      1. Yeah, some scientists call it a super volcano due to the massive size of past eruptions. The yellowstone caldera is 45 miles in diameter and still is oozes lava. It is an active volcano. 1-3000 eartquakes occur in Yellowstone each year. It is a geological wonder. I always feel like I am journeying into the earth’s crust when I go there.

  9. avian101

    Your beautiful photos just reminded me of the wonderful time that I spent in Yellowstone Park years ago! Thank you Cindy for this great post! πŸ™‚ H.J.

  10. Just plain beautiful. I must go. Went to Yosemite in CA years a go and loved it – now Yellowstone must happen.
    Thank you for sharing your trip and wonderful pics!

  11. Well I’m ‘liker’ 300+ Cindy. But I probably like this one as much as ‘liker’ 1. And the rest! #3 is great but I really can’t work out what’s going on, or the scale… RH

    1. Yes that is true. Geyser pools are hard to photograph because you are not allowed to go off the walkway. They don’t want you to fall in! It is a thermal pool, about 8X3 feet.

  12. There is something truly magical to be found in Yellowstone – or Mitseadazi – incredible photos, and I too wonder what it would look like with a blanket of snow. Your 6th shot is so serene, natural and beautiful, and yet it also is the shot with tourists which goes to show how the two mix so well together there. Enjoy your day!

    1. They certainly provide perspective on the immensity of the place. Wouldn’t it be incredible to visit in winter with the animals near the warm geysers. Of course the bears would be sleeping…..

      1. It would be great to visit in the winter…and while the bears may be sleeping, maybe I could ask you to walk into their caves, poke them with a stick and then I’d be able to get some great action shots along side the warm geysers πŸ™‚ Or, of course, we could just enjoy the peace of the place πŸ™‚

  13. Mitseadazi… Mitseadazzle!
    Wow, you sure visit some beautiful places.
    I’ve been a bit cloistered in order to focus on a new Art Gown. Can’t believe how many posts I missed.
    Happy to hear about rain in the Holler!

      1. We are in Amsterdam in our hotel on the canal. Jim is taking a jacuzzi and I am talking to you. We just had dinner at an Indonesian restaurant. Good to be talking to you Resa~ <3

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