Monday, October 08, 2012
It's always a pleasure to spend a few moments revisiting Nature's Wonderland... especially when the photos are not the same old thing. Incidentally, Nature's Wonderland had only opened about three months before these photos were taken.
This first one is my favorite, a "you are there" scene as we ride in a bright yellow mine car through the Painted Desert, amidst strange rock formations shaped by wind and water. Some boulders are precariously balanced on top of those spires, and the rumbling of the train causes them to spin and tumble. Up above us, a bobcat looks down as if ready to pounce!
Over in Beaver Valley we see a flock of (what else?) beavers! These large, semi-aquatic rodents are renown for their industry, building dams and lodges and even a few motels. Sadly, beaver populations declined drastically when unicorns became more popular.