Do You See What I See?

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Patterns in Paradise

Decorated Potsherd. Multi-colored lichen growing on a volcanic basalt shelf as part of an escarpment in the midst of prehistoric artifacts. Celebration for the eyes in northern Arizona. Hiking and biking 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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Winter decoration of bare limbs

Orange Colored Lichen. Growing on Desert Olive bushes in winter creating great contrasts visually. Rich textures in our forest. Once the Olive bush leafs out you won’t see this colorful activity. Hiking and biking 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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Spring colors located on basalt stone escarpments.

Lemon Colored Lichen. Framed partially by spring leaves of a Wax Currant bush adding bright colors to a dark volcanic basalt boulder. Rich textures in our forest. Hiking and biking 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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Prehistory and natural history

Painted Potsherd. Partially painted with burnt orange paint, this prehistoric piece of ceramic lies amongst the cracks in the volcanic basalt stones on the forest floor, accompanied by a species of lichen. Rich textures. Hiking and biking 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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Next to a waterfall amongst many other images

Prehistoric Rock Writing. This photo captures a small portion of a very large collection of rock art called a gallery. These images are pecked into the very hard surface of volcanic basalt stone adjacent to a waterfall spillway in north Arizona. The major image in this picture is made up of highly organized dots. The geometric skill impresses me. I wonder the meaning. Hiking and biking 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.

  

Gallery: http://bit.ly/1FdYZfD

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Morning sunlight on a geological time machine

Light and Lichen on eroded basalt. What kind of natural force has smoothed these giant basalt boulders from volcanic extrusions into smooth egg-shaped mounds? How long does it take for this much lichen to grow? This one moment of sunlight is an instant in time that witnessed this. I pause to reflect. Hiking and biking 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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Ice Storm, late in the season...

Overnight Snow…  late winter moisture for the Coconino National Forest, north of Flagstaff, Arizona. Hiking and biking 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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Composting... Nature's way

Forest Floor, beneath a Gambel Oak grove. Sustainable living, this year’s plant life supported by the decaying remains of previous year’s growth, north of Flagstaff, Arizona. Hiking and biking 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.

 

Gallery: http://bit.ly/1FdYZfD

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