Windows Into Wonderland
Three photos - Snowy shoreline of a lake, deep snow next to a thermal area, a grass growing in water.
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Where the Bison Roam

Act 1,  Scene 2,  Page 8 of 47

Our story begins on a quiet evening last winter.

We were working in a hydrothermal area near the northeastern shore of Yellowstone Lake. Snow began to fall and the temperature was getting colder by the minute. Since it was already late in the afternoon, I told everyone to pack up their field gear. That’s when I noticed Fleur was missing.

Missing! Oh, no!

Fleur (laughs)
Actually, I wasn’t far off, but I was out of sight because I was on my knees inspecting an area of new plant growth. The hydrothermal areas not only support unique plant communities, but often the vegetation stays green all through the year. The types of plants growing in such areas vary depending on temperature, soil acidity, and other factors; but they include mosses, grasses, and herbs.

I had just decided to call it a day, when I heard a noise. I turned around and saw a form looming behind me.

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