Do You See What I See?

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Sunrise on a Desert Olive Bush… growing vibrantly in a volcanic wash in northern Arizona Easy to identify by the bright chartreuse leaves backlit by the early sunlight. I must come back in the Fall to see the edible fruit. My themes in this project: Prehistory and Natural History. “I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” John Burroughs 1837 - 1921.

   

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Fragrance and geometrical design

Locust Blossoms. These small trees stand out in the local forest because of its leaf pattern and incredible hermaphrodite flowers. Member of the pea family, diciduous. Adds to the banquet of my paradise. Also grows in Buffalo Park in Flagstaff. My themes in this project: Prehistory and Natural History. “I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” John Burroughs 1837 - 1921.

   

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Apache Plume has white rose-like flowers, small leaves that are finely divided, and plume-like fruits, its namesake. Grows to 3-4 ft., but can grow to 6 ft. Likes full sun, is drought tolerant, but benefits from monsoon rain. I find it everywhere on my day hikes in northern Arizona. My themes in this project: Prehistory and Natural History. “I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” John Burroughs 1837 - 1921.

 

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May... start of bloom season for this flower

Axhead Butterweed. This small sunflower is found across the forest floor in rocky soil at altitudes above 6000 feet. Blooms May to August, a great summer wildflower. Often seen on my day hikes when near the Ponderosa. My themes in this project: Prehistory and Natural History. “I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” John Burroughs 1837 - 1921.

  

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Petroglyph Spirals. Twin images from prehistoric times pecked onto hard basalt rock escarpment facing south. Observed near wash where water once flowed more frquently. My themes in this project: Prehistory and Natural History. “I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” John Burroughs 1837 - 1921.

  

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Diamonds beneath my feet... in paradise

Mirabilis multiflora is a native species of flowering plant in the four o'clock family. It is native to the southwestern United States from California to Colorado and Texas, as well as far northern Mexico, where it grows in mostly dry habitat types in a number of regions. I often see it growing in the shelter under a juniper tree, part shade and part sun during the day. A banquet of observations on my day hike. My themes in this project: Prehistory and Natural History. “I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” John Burroughs 1837 - 1921.

  

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Desert Olive. Welcoming the morning sun, month of May, near Flagstaff, Arizona. A new season for all of the native plants. Hiking here is a banquet to the observant person.  Adding an artistic touch to the commonplace. My themes: Prehistory and Natural History. “I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” John Burroughs 1837 - 1921.

  

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AKA Spanish Bayonet

Narrow Leaf Yucca. High desert spring behavior in northern Arizona. A banquet of observations on my day hike. My themes in this project: Prehistory and Natural History. “I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” John Burroughs 1837 - 1921.

 

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