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  • On my youngest child's 21st birthday, my husband and I were visiting another child in Montana. No one was home to help her celebrate her entrance into "adulthood." So, instead of being there with her, back home in Vermont, I took her spirit with me on a hike in Yellowstone. The contrasts with which we were met were amazing! One minute, snow the next blooming flowers all within feet or sometimes inches of each other. Snow was breaking off in chunks as rivers and streams carved hollows in the drifts that had accumulated over the winter above them. The sun was warm, the breeze cool and the hiking perfect! I spotted this heart-shaped gouge in a tree with the sap trickling down~like a bleeding heart. I hoped only that it was made by a hungry sweets-craving bear or moose, or even buffalo and not by a human hand, certainly not by mine. I felt it was befitting of my heart bleeding because my baby was having a birthday and I wasn't there to make it special, yet I was enjoying the rarities and beauty offered of the earth at Yellowstone. Each picture I snapped on April 25, 2012 was offered to the Universe as a gift from afar for Cassidy. Her soul is an ancient one and no place better to offer those gifts to an ancient soul than at an ancient place offering the heart of the earth as it erupts in this massive geothermal miracle.
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