Monthly Archives: July 2015

Moment of Zen

You find those moments of zen in obvious ones and some that do not make much sense. I had an unobvious one yesterday, as I was sitting waiting at the rental car place for Chrissy to pick me up. The … Continue reading

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Harvest 2015

I decided to cut 45 acres a little earlier than the prime time because I am eager to replant. I will not live forever and I want to have a reasonable chance of seeing my trees mature at least a … Continue reading

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Las Vegas

Just a little out of sequence here, since we are back in Washington. I took the Las Vegas Monorail to the end of the line, which is the MGM Grand, and walked back along the strip. Since I started at … Continue reading

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Transition zone at Zion 1

I just love to look at relationships in living ecosystems. Zion is a great place to study them, because the canyons provide micro climates and the whole thing sits on the ecological transition zone between the Mojave Desert and Colorado … Continue reading

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Fire in the forests

You cannot exclude fire from the forests, but you can manage it. We tried for decades to put out fires. It seemed a good idea at the time, but it changed the ecology of the forest, making it susceptible to … Continue reading

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At home in the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon feels like home and it has since the first time I visited. I had a View Master when I was a kid and not very many many reels. Among them were a couple on the Grand Canyon. … Continue reading

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A drive along the Grand Canyon

Cape Royale protrudes into the Canyon. Although it is still fairly high altitude, it is warmer and drier than the surrounding plateau. Here the ponderosa forest gives way to something more like the upper Sonora ecosystem. It features the pinyon … Continue reading

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Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam was built mostly to control floods and provide water for industry and agriculture in the Southwest. But it also provides clean electrical power and the dam has paid for itself and its continued maintenance from the sale of … Continue reading

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National parks

National Parks are such a great American legacy. They protect natural resources and are open to all. Most are in areas away from cities, however, so they do not get as many visitors as you might think. When visiting the … Continue reading

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Colorado plateau

Zion is near the edge of the Colorado Plateau, significantly cooler than the Mojave climate below. We had a nice day, about 80 degrees, low humidity. Zion has beautiful rock formations carved by the Virgin River. The first picture is … Continue reading

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