Do You See What I See?

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Lavender beauty on the forest floor

Arizona Mountain Lupine Wildflower. Lupines have distinctive flowers with one petal on top and two on the bottom (pea family). This annual herb has dark green, palmately compound leaves with 5 to 9 leaflets arranged like the spokes of a wheel. There are 23 species in Arizona. They are prolific on the San Francisco Peaks. 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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From a water jar?

Corrugated Ceramic Potsherd. After over 500 years how did this piece of prehistoric pottery end up in this place? Probably from a water jar manufactured and used by the people who lived here before us, way before us. Evidence, this is not a museum. 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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Highly regarded as healing herb in alternative medicine

Spring Mullein. Lives first year low to the ground, large vertical stem with flowers during second year. Considered an invasive weed by some but highly regarded in alternative medicine. The silvery green leaves and bright yellow flowers of mullein have been utilized for thousands of years in traditional medicine to soothe the upper respiratory tract and ear infections. Probably didn’t grow here during prehistoric times. 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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Animals, plants and geology community... sometimes evidence of prehistoric occupation.

Basalt Escarpment. Typical, volcanic outcrop of geology seen everywhere in northeastern Arizona. This occurrence in Nature becomes an entire community of specialized plants and animals, to include small mammals, deer, elk, antelope. 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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Crisp

“Red Barberry” Holly-like Bush. New leaf growth this Spring! Luxurious and healthy, soon to produce some bright six petaled yellow flowers that attract bees and other pollinators. Located, interestingly enough, near a prehistoric village with Wolfberries. Edible plants still growing nearby. 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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Those who came before

Sinagua Prehistoric Ruin. Original basalt masonry still intact, dissolved mortar and plaster washed out and on the ground. Pottery pieces all around on the ground. People actually lived here, its “their” place. Amazing what one can find while on a day hike. The truth is in the dirt beneath our feet. 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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Natural history and prehistory

Arizona Native Grasses, used by indigenous people for centuries. A decorated ceramic potsherd in the dirt bears witness to this memories. The truth is in the dirt beneath our feet. 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. Yucca angustissima, observed throughout the Colorado Plateau, this one is about to explode into a plume of annual flowers. Springtime in the Southwest. 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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