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Rusted... discarded in the 1930s

Remains of the day... 1930s. Items left at campsite along route 66 during the Depression. This porcelain wash basin and tin cans, now rusted with time, have historical significance. In this moment as photographic texture as a result of rust and weathering.


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Pollinated by giant moths in the night

Waiting for the full moon, this Sacred Datura flower will explode into a nine inch pure white trumpet at nightfall, emitting a slight lemon fragrance in the moment. For thousands of years this native plant has provided religious purpose to the indigenous people who also made the prehistoric pottery shard you see in the photo.


Composition photographed with my Samsung Galaxy Note Pro Tablet.


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Full year of stages

Have you spent any time with your Prickly Pear Cactus lately? This useful plant goes through many stages in one year and four seasons. There is a lot to see and learn in every one of them. People and animals have survived for centuries because of this species. Not to mention bees and insects. It deserves more appreciation.

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Occupational Evidence in abundance.

Its almost as if prehistoric treasures come bubbling to the surface as I walk by. Here, in the "plaza" area of a multi room pueblo are examples of what I mean. Various styles of ceramic sherds surround a broken chunk of a domestic food-producing metate stone. Remains of the Day... their day, several hundred years ago. We are guests in a place nearly forgotten, except for archaeologists and some of us with "memories."


Paradise to me, hiking with digital tools.
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Colorado 4 o''clock Wildflower

Recent rains are prompting the earlier-than-usual explosion of one of my favorite wildflowers... the Colorado 4 o'clock. You'll often find these perennial tropical-looking plants growing in large "cushions" just at the edge of larger Juniper Trees. The plant likes the companionship and a little shade and a little full sun. Living off of a large tap root they are nearly impossible to transplant, which is illegal anyway. But what a contribution to my banquet in the wild!

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Apricot colored Prickly Pear Cactus

Here's one of my favorite hiking treats... the apricot colored Prickly Pear Cactus.


Photo taken with my Galaxy S3 Smartphone, edited with Snapseed APP for Android on my Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet.  Photo share.

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The forest floor is alive with new life. I almost stepped on this juvenile short-horned lizard, aka horny toad. These guys eat only ants so don't take them home and feed them lettuce.


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All dressed up and someplace to go!


Prickly Pear Cactus coming out of its winter mode. Deep red skin color and wrinkles occur while frozen and buried under the snow. Now, some warmth and a good stretch, and we'll return to the business of producing brightly colored flowers and cranberry-flavored fruit for the season. There may be spines but this native plant is a friend to all.

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