Do You See What I See?

Large fire expose matching gray pottery sherds, Ephedra, Western Clammyweed and Colorado 4 o'clock.

On this day hike I walked amongst the many volcanic buttes and plugs found throughout Northeast Arizona. Monsoon rains turn this place into a paradise of thriving plants and wildflowers, all of which, I’m sure, had purpose and name to the indigenous people who live here in that time. For example, Sacred Datura plants were everywhere I walked, amongst an unnumbered series of basalt field house ruins, complete with artifacts. In the shadows of Juniper trees were Colorado 4 o’clock bushes, Ephedra (Mormon Tea) was everywhere, Western Clammy weeds dotted the slopes. Wild Tobacco plants were thick near the ruins, leftover from prehistoric cultivation (?), and Apache Plume bushes filled in the gaps.  What a banquet! Hope you enjoy.

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Coyote Wild Tobacco, Apache Plume Blossoms and Seed Plume and Cholla Cactus in Fall colors.
Smartphone perfection.

What would this place be like without the life giving monsoon rains? I went on a short walk this morning in the black sand territory northeast of Flagstaff, out Sunset Crater road. See my next post for other treasures observed but first, here is a lucky shot of a Western Clammyweed, taken with my Note5 Smartphone. I’m always impressed by the results of this “point and shoot” technology.  What a banquet! Hope you enjoy.

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Its like time travel.

Walking in the grassland of northeastern Arizona emerses one in our natural history mixed with prehistory. It is impossible to avoid either from your observations. Here’s a few pics from a recent day hike. Includes a huge basalt ruin with one room made up of red sandstones like Wupatki, a small short horned lizard, my favorite color of prickly pear - Apricot, and an often overlooked wildflower called Antelope Horn - and its a milkweed!  What a banquet! Hope you enjoy.

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Prehistory and Natural History

The high desert between Flagstaff and Winslow, Arizona is an environment all its own, probably different than when prehistoric people lived here. A walk yesterday in the vicinity of Padre Canyon yielded several limestone ruins and appropriate plant life, all the result of recent monsoon rains. Wet puddles of mud have dried up now until the next precipitation. Small Leaf Yucca plants show signs of being grazed, probably by Javelina. Ephedra plants (Mormon Tea) is everywhere and Woodrat homes are predominant.  What a banquet! Hope you enjoy.

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Evidence of recent nourishing rain and the absence of it.
Wet sand is testament to recent rain runnoff.
Irridescent wings reflect the sky on this Midas Fly

Continuing my observational walk in local washes following the recent heavy rains, this morning I found a Fernbush lush with blossoms and several Wasps enjoying the nectar. What a banquet. Parts of the wash is still wet from the storms. Prickly Pear Cactus are offering red fruit for the taking. Goldenrod wildflowers are everywhere as well and Mullein is growing on all of the limestone terraces. What a banquet!

Do You See What I See? #Hiking and #Biking northern #Arizona’s natural history and prehistory making observations from Rascal’s Perch and converting them into photography or digital illustrations.        Also my gallery...

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