Digital image of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park, June 2011:
Scanned Kodachrome 64 slide of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, July 1981:
The tall burned brown and yellow-spiraled snag stands on the canyon shelf to this day. How long it had already been there the first time I saw it? How many years was it a vital living tree, and how many decades--or centuries--will it remain an upright monument to some wildfire fire that made it half-way into the canyon?