Photo © 2014 Jennifer Wagner
how a mistake can still be
© 2014 Jennifer Wagner
Above is a photo I took this summer at Artist Point in Yellowstone National Park. The location got its name because it was widely believed that Thomas Moran created a sketch there which he used to create his famous 1872 painting, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. In 1890 photographer F. Jay Hanes published a park guidebook with the name and the title stuck. The location Moran actually used is now called Moran Point.
I was trying to convey the essence of that history in the poem, as well as another message which I think has a connection to artistry of any type: poetry, photography, painting, mothering…smiles…etc. that, even if it may not be perfect, it can still be pretty beautiful.