Shadow Patterns of Melt

Author Notes

Kindle Vella Episode 1–Ejecta: During a tranquil early morning hike in Yellowstone, I enjoyed how the frost on the wooden walkways melted in a distinct pattern, with the railing shadows hiding the frost from the sun. Like a mantra, and in cadence with my steps, I found myself murmuring “shadow patterns of melt.” That very night, the characters and story concept knocked on my dreams. Bishr and Nialla have been with me ever since, and I hope you enjoy getting acquainted.

Photo by Richard Fogg

The Lake Hotel

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread. ~ John Muir

Yellowstone became our first National Park in March of 1872. The Lake Hotel was built in 1891, redesigned and enlarged in 1903, and is the oldest operating hotel in the park.
Photo by Richard Fogg.

She Walks Alone

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Photo by Richard Fogg


She walks alone against the dusky sky,
With something of the manner of a queen-
Her gesturing peaks, imperious and high;
Her snowy brow, serene.
 
Under her feet, a tapestry of pine;
Veiling her marble figure, purple haze,
Draped with a scarf of clouds at timber-line,
In a billowy silken maze.
~ Lew Sarett