Do You See What I See?

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King of all wildflowers in art and medicine in the southwest

Sacred Datura Leaves… in Spring. New buds have not developed yet for this summer’s night blooming blossoms. Artistically interpreted to create an art print in homage of this native wildflower and its history with prehistoric people. 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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Packrat appetiser

Rodent Hunger in Winter. Here, quite clearly, a Woodrat (Packrat) has quenched his hunger on a small prickly pear pad. By my observation this rodent is the most abundant species in our forest. This is good for all of the owls and other predators. Ecological balance again. 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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High desert moisture cycles

Drying Out. When the snow melts and evaporates in our forest the moist soil beneath begins to dry out creating these earth cracks we see here. Great place to observe animal tracks. 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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Warning... snakes nearby ?

Snake Glyphs? Is this low-to-the-ground petroglyph a warning to fellow wanderers? Sure caught my eye as I I’d seen an actual snake as I found this by stepping on it. Very dramatic. 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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Diamonds Beneath My Feet

Basalt Banquet. I love it when prehistory and natural history are combined in the same photo. Here, a basalt stone is host to both lichen and moss, and sitting in the sand adjacent is a painted potsherd. Hiking here is a banquet to the observant person.  Adding an artistic touch to the commonplace. My themes: Planet, Climate, Food, Health. “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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The author's small fingers once made the modeling strokes

Ceramic Fingerprints. Here’s another prehistoric potsherd I observed on a day hike, with impressions of the potter’s small fingers still evident in the inner clay surface, obviously done while it was wet clay. I don’t know why it wasn’t polished internally before firing. But it really gives me a sense of how each piece was individually hand crafted. FYI: The piece is still right where I found it. 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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New life in the canyons... food, medicine, etc

Black Walnut tree leaf sprout. And the namesake for Walnut Canyon National Monument makes it appearance. Aah Spring! Food and medicine source for centuries to indigenous people and rodents. And they are beautiful, what an asset to our canyon environment. 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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Canyon gold!

Desert Olive. Those tiny buds are beginning to explode. Another intimate observation. These plants are everywhere near our canyons and drains! Bee alert! 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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