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Techno-primitive expertise

Small Treasures are often the best treasure and this discovery is one of those. While hiking in the vicinity of one of my favorite prehistoric ruins in Medicine Valley the person behind me saw something shiny on the ground, I had nearly stepped on it. There at my feet was this perfectly hand-made stone-age point. An exact duplicate is on display in the Tuzigoot Museum in Verde Valley, identified as being from the Cohonino culture. That’s cool as most stuff is called Sinagua. This means diversity. Yes, I left the artifact with the site.


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. Demonstrating the application of graphic #APPs. Rascal's Perch, the Mobile Device Entrepreneur in northern Arizona.  


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Like a porcelain sculpture in an arid world.

One of my favorite wildflowers is the Sego Lily, observed on grassy hillsides everywhere in the Flagstaff area this time of year. These unique white flowers stand out for me like porcelain sculptures in the midst of an arid environment. There is much to learn about these plants.


Native Americans of the Southwest have culinary uses for the bulbs, seeds, and flowers of the Sego Lily, Calochortus nuttallii.  Bulbs were roasted, boiled, or made into a porridge by the Hopi, Havasupai, Navajo, Paiute, Gosiute, and Ute peoples. The Hopi used the yellow flower ceremonially. They taught the Mormon pioneer immigrants to use the bulb for badly needed food. This resulted in the sego lily being formally designated as the Utah State Flower in 1911.


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First green leaves of Spring, weeks before any other.

For over 35 years I have hiked the local drains, canyons and washes in all seasons. Amongst many observations I have confirmed that it is the Wax Currant Bush, Ribes cereum, that puts out Spring green leaves before any other shrub in our environment. Resin glands in the leaves give it the “waxy” feeling. Later in the year it puts out red berries and the whole plant is edible, particularly by prehistoric people.


#Hiking and #Biking in Northern Arizona with digital devices. Follow my extraordinary online gallery that features photography and digital illustrations from my hiking and biking around #Flagstaff, #Arizona and the environs northeast, including the San Francisco Peaks, #Wupatki National Monument, #SunsetCrater and more. I observe and capture intimate glimpses into the natural history and #prehistory, #archaeology that blend together here. I also interpret regional scenes. I am the #Mobile Device Entrepreneur. 


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Today's Storm, Yesterday's Village, this 2 story ruin today.

I have read that the ancient people of this region, and the HOPI today, call the Kachinas down from the San Francisco Peaks every summer in special ceremonies. When the Kachinas come down from the peaks, they bring life-giving rain with them for the Hopi and Navajo lands. Knowing this I wonder what a sight like this, monsoon rainstorm, would have meant to the people who once lived in this prehistoric pueblo that is reduced to be called a “ruin” today. It must have been wondrous! Blessed by the gods.


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. Demonstrating the application of graphic #APPs. Rascal's Perch, the Mobile Device Entrepreneur in northern Arizona. 


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Touch Me Not

The first time I observed the Silver-leaf Nightshade, Solanum elaeagnifolium, was in San Francisco Wash just after the summer monsoon rains had begun. This gorgeous but alien-looking wildflower, really a noxious weed, was growing in abundance on the sandy slope beneath large limestone escarpments.


The Silver Leaved Nightshade contains toxic alkaloids that combine with sugars to produce glycoalkaloids which irritate the gastrointestinal tract, making it sort of another “locoweed.” AKA purple nightshade, white horsenettle, tomato weed.  From San Fransisco Wash... Silver Leaf Nightshade. It is a perennial native wildflower, often considered a noxious weed. Rather alien looking. The stems are covered with nettle-like prickles, ranging from very few on some plants to very dense on others. Leaves and stems are covered with downy hairs that lie against and hide the surface, giving a silvery or grayish appearance. The flowers, appearing from April to August, have five petals united to form a star, ranging from blue to pale lavender or occasionally white; five yellow stamens and a pistil form a projecting center. The plant produces glossy yellow, orange, or red berries that last all winter and may turn brown as they dry.Its range is from Kansas south to Louisiana, and west of the United States into Mexico, as well as Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile. It can grow in poor soil with very little water. It spreads by rhizomes as well as seeds, and is common in disturbed habitats. It is toxic to livestock and very hard to control.

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. Demonstrating the application of graphic #APPs. Rascal's Perch, the Mobile Device Entrepreneur in northern Arizona.    


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Paint is a modern idea

Arizona has over 200 Ghost Towns, many in complete disrepair, a few, like Jerome, in an active and revitalized state full of modern visitors. Its all about historical communities, usually mining oriented, scratching out a living in a harsh environment. This photo is from one of those that are still standing... weathered and bent, but something today of a shelter.


#Hiking and #Biking in Northern Arizona with digital devices. Follow my extraordinary online gallery that features photography and digital illustrations from my hiking and biking around #Flagstaff, #Arizona and the environs northeast, including the San Francisco Peaks, #Wupatki National Monument, #SunsetCrater and more. I observe and capture intimate glimpses into the natural history and #prehistory, #archaeology that blend together here. I also interpret regional scenes. I am the #Mobile Device Entrepreneur.  

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Harmony of light and shape

There are several specific species of native grass in northern Arizona, this variety the result of our many different environments and elevations. Becoming aware of these different grass types enhances the hiking experience. Familiarity and identification add to one's regard for nature. This photo was taken in early summer inside a volcanic canyon where moisture and shade are frequently trapped.


#Hiking and #Biking in Northern Arizona with digital devices. Follow my extraordinary online gallery that features photography and digital illustrations from my hiking and biking around #Flagstaff, #Arizona and the environs northeast, including the San Francisco Peaks, #Wupatki National Monument, #SunsetCrater and more. I observe and capture intimate glimpses into the natural history and #prehistory, #archaeology that blend together here. I also interpret regional scenes. I am the #Mobile Device Entrepreneur.


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The power of frozen water

Typically eroded basalt escarpment embedded within a volcanic lava flow near Flagstaff, AZ. These huge flows of molten rock were laid down over depositional limestone several million years ago. The San Francisco Volcanic Field, which covers about 1,800 square miles, is part of northern Arizona’s landscape. The varied forest and geologic features of the San Francisco Volcanic Field offer diverse, modern day, recreational opportunities, including camping, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, and winter sports. About a thousand years ago

     #Hiking and #Biking in Northern Arizona with digital devices. Follow my extraordinary online gallery that features photography and digital illustrations from my hiking and biking around #Flagstaff, #Arizona and the environs northeast, including the San Francisco Peaks, #Wupatki National Monument, #SunsetCrater and more. I observe and capture intimate glimpses into the natural history and #prehistory, #archaeology that blend together here. I also interpret regional scenes. I am the #Mobile Device Entrepreneur. 


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