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Hunting tool, plus

Flagstaff Environs. Those who came before… You know that you are walking in prehistoric footprints when the interesting looking piece of basalt stone you see on the ground turns out to be an authentic stone age man-made scraper. How long did this “tool” lay on the black volcanic sand before I saw it? We live where others lived, this is not a museum!


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. 


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Edible bounty in our canyons...

Flagstaff Environs. Walnut Canyon actually has walnuts… food for any number of species. I find chewed open black walnut shells, Juglans major,  wherever Wood Rats live. And we know that Prehistoric indigenous people planted and harvested them. Time to visit Walnut Canyon National Monument? I worked there for two years helping on a botany survey.


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One of my favorites, always blooms for my birthday.

Flagstaff Environs. I know that summer has arrived when I see the bright red blossoms of this plentiful cactus. Echinocereus triglochidiatus is a species of hedgehog cactus known by several common names, including Kingcup cactus, Claretcup, and Mojave mound cactus. They grow everywhere around Flagstaff, specially on rock escarpments and canyons, as breathtaking mounds of scarlet. The blossom stays open all night and they are pollinated by hummingbirds.


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Always a sacred site in northern Arizona

Have you hiked the Red Mountain Volcano yet? Red Mountain is a volcanic cinder cone located in the Coconino National Forest of northern Arizona, 25 miles NW of Flagstaff on Hwy 180. It rises 1,000 ft. above the surroundings. Lots of geological features, wildlife, raptors, solitude and a connection with prehistory. I once found a 5000 year old Atlatl dart stone point in the vicinity, This place has captured the imagination of people for thousands of years!


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Butterfly magnets!

Flagstaff Environs. Its amazing what a little monsoon rain will do to the Arizona high country. I ran across the wonderful flowers while walking high up on the San Francisco Peaks, I think these are called Sneezeweed wildflowers. Look it up, has nothing to do with allergies.


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Giant candlesticks in the forest

Flagstaff Environs. Walk or drive south of Flagstaff toward Sedona this time of year and you are likely to discover these giant blooms of the Agave plant. Research shows that these native plants were used by our prehistoric people for all sorts of valuable purposes, including beer. There’s so much to learn about these plants not the least of which is the pollinator (bats) that visits at night. Once you observe this cactus you’ll never forget it.


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Natural recycling in the forest, season by season

Flagstaff Environs. I took this photo while walking within the city limits. It is the stump of an old growth Ponderosa Pine tree that was cut down by hand and processed into building materials over 100 years ago probably during the Riordan Sawmill era. Today, for me, its an example of natural textures bearing witness to the big story of our town's history and how economic opportunities for a few families built this town. Lumber and the railroad in this case.


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Summer Delight

Summer in northern Arizona, the fields are alive with the brilliance of native Sunflowers. Besides the visual feast it supports our visiting butterflies and pollinators. Makes our home a banquet! 

 

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