The Yellowstone River is one of the greatest rivers in the World. It is a river without dams full of native
cutthroat trout. The white blurs in the picture are actually stoneflies in flight. I am all alone, except for
Angie who captured this image, and the weather is still warm. Warm weather doesn't last long in
Yellowstone National Park. Every once in a while, one looks over their shoulder to see if a buffalo or
bear is there; but other than that, they would not take their eyes off their fly. After all, a big cutthroat
may gulp it down any second. Just a week or so ago, on the opening day of the season, this same river
was full of wading anglers.
At noon on this same ninety degree July day, the sky turned black and hail feel the size of marbles. It
covered the ground with ice in almost a solid layer. The air temperature fell to about fifty degrees in
minutes. Yet in this picture, on that same day, darkness is nearing and the temperature is about seventy
degrees. That same night, the temperature fell to about thirty-five degrees. What is difficult for one to
believe, is that July is the warmest and most stable month on the Upper Yellowstone River. I am very
glad the season is short, otherwise, I may never get another DVD finished.
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