Welcome our next Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience 2016 guest… award-winning American actor, voice actor, presenter, director, producer, and author, LeVar Burton! He is best known for his roles as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation series and films, the host and executive producer of the long-running PBS children’s series Reading Rainbow, and the young Kunta Kinte in the award-winning television miniseries Roots. Met LaVar in March:http://bit.ly/22L9aAS
LeVar directed two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and several episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. He has voiced several animated projects including Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Family Guy, Batman The Animated Series, Gargoyles, Transformers: Rescue Bots and more. Other notable roles include: Perception, Community (TV series), The Big Bang Theory, and many more. In 2014, LeVar celebrated success with his Kickstarter to raise funds to integrate Reading Rainbow into classrooms across the US.
As I scroll through my Tumblr feed, I often see sexy things people I follow post. It makes me think of how rarely I come across sexy Wyoming-related things on the internet, which disappoints me (the exception would be Tumblrs like @wycountry that feature studly cowboys, but those aren’t really Wyoming-specific). Perhaps I’m looking in the wrong parts of the internet, but conservative Wyoming doesn’t strike me as a particularly sexy place in real life, so I’m not surprised by the dearth of Sexy Wyoming online.
“Country Girl” by Millie Vercauteren, a Laramie, Wyoming-based visual artist, isn’t the sexiest thing I’ve ever laid eyes on—and I don’t think sexiness was its primary aim, just a bonus—but given the aforementioned situation, I’ll take what I can get.
Beyond the Red Desert, Wyoming isn’t known for its arid mesas, and that fact coupled with the cactus on the table suggests the image is probably from outside the state. But since it’s (apparently) a composite, double self-portrait of the artist, reflecting perhaps what she fancies as two sides of herself (or two sides of some archetypical “country girl”), one can safely assume imaginative interpretations are fair game, so I’ll suppose Vercauteren took the photo somewhere near Baggs.
Here’s doing my small part to promote Wyoming sexiness. Good work, Vercauteren.
Welcome our next Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience 2016 guest… comicbook artist and con alum, Art of Dawn McTeigue! She is best known for being the lead artist for fellow FanX 2016 guest JP Roth’s Southern Nightgown. Meet Dawn in March: http://bit.ly/23cZKOK
Dawn is quickly gaining a reputation for drawing amazingly beautiful women and detailed, inventive clothing designs. She is well known for her cover designs such as JP Roth’s Ancient Dreams, Bluerainbow Online, Big Dog Ink, Zenescope, and more!
Walking in the deep snow can be difficult. Bison use their strong necks to push forward and make a path, their shaggy faces keep them from getting too cold and they take turns leading the way. These adaptations allow them to thrive in the harsh winter conditions of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Photo by Jim Peaco, National Park Service.
Mammoth Springs, Yellowstone National Park // Sony RX1r
Yellowstone is pretty locked down from normal car travel during the winter time. Nevertheless, there is still endless amounts of things to see and experience. I explored Mammoth Springs with Issa, which is just inside the North entrance of the park. I was not expecting such a vast and amazing place just steps inside the entrance. The shadows and soft diffused light was a great combination with the afternoon light.
Story by John Lee, Chief Cadastral Surveyor, Wyoming State Office
BLM Wyoming’s Branch of Cadastral Survey had a unique opportunity last summer. The National Park Service (NPS) was a little unsure of where the legal boundaries were for Devils Tower National Monument, so NPS hired the BLM team to perform a cadastral (boundary) survey of the north, east, south, and west boundaries of the iconic landmark.
Devils Tower was designated a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in September 1906. This was the first use of the American Antiquities Act passed by Congress in June of that year.
The proclamation states:
“And, whereas, the lofty and isolated rock in the State of Wyoming, known as the "Devils Tower,” situated upon the public lands owned and controlled by the Unites States is such an extraordinary example of the effect of erosion in the higher mountains as to be a natural wonder and an object of historic and great scientific interest and it appears that the public good would be promoted by reserving this tower as a National monument with as much land as may be necessary for the proper protection thereof; …"
This is a different kind of traffic jam at Yellowstone National Park. Bison weigh up to 2,000 lbs and can pack a lot of attitude. They can run up to 35 miles per hour, but these appear to be taking their time. We recommend patience. Photo by Allen Beyer (www.sharetheexperience.org).