Monday, April 21, 2014

They Don’t Call It Fossil Hunting For Nothing!

Not too long ago a friend emailed me an intriguing image. 

What’s this? He inquired. 

Well, jeez, I replied. That’s an ammonite! Where in the world did you find that? 

An ammonite from NW Arizona

Monday, April 7, 2014

Garnets In Paradise

Whoa! Has it really been since the end of February that I last posted anything? Time sure has its way of slipping quickly past us, doesn’t it? Happily, though, I have been out and about, geologizing myself and my friends into a fiendish frenzy while finding fascinating stuff. It has just taken me a while to write anything up.

Ben and Cindy, in a place unofficially named "Garnet Hill"

Friday, February 28, 2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Yellowstone Winter Adventure – Snowcoach To The Interior

During the long cold months of a northwestern Wyoming winter, roads inside Yellowstone are only groomed for over–snow vehicles. There is the occasional skier who manages to ski the entire 35 miles between West Yellowstone and Old Faithful (in one direction or the other), but I definitely do not fit into that category of altitude–crazed athlete. I have enough to do just staying upright on the bunny slope (there will be more on this later). 

IMG_6352 SnowcoachAnd Snowmobiles
The Bombardier and a line of snowmobiles stop for wildlife along the Park road

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Yellowstone Winter Adventure – Getting There

If you’ve ever been to Yellowstone during the summer, you know what I’m talking about. Massive crowds! Tortuous traffic! Mosquitoes the size of tour buses! And don’t forget all those blasé bison, blocking traffic and generating more crowds just because they can! 

Want some advice? 

Follow the ski tracks in the Upper Geyser Basin for a trail less traveled

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Navajo Sandstone In Video

In my previous post of Monday, January 6th I wrote about searching out the Liesegangen banding in the Navajo Sandstone of southern Utah. Walking around near Yant Flat outside St. George we found it easy to become mesmerized by the rocks as the afternoon sun slipped slowly behind the hills. 

Mr. Ben investigates some purple banding

Monday, January 6, 2014

Liesegangen Banding In The Navajo Sandstone

An interesting feature of the Navajo Sandstone is the presence of Liesegangen banding, those ribbons of rustiness that swirl and whirl so dramatically across often vast expanses of rock. 

Mr. Ben, Liesegangen banding, and the Navajo Sandstone

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December 2013 Remembered – Magic Of A Winter Morning

In these closing days of 2013 we have finally (!) arrived at post number twelve in my series “Twelve months in thirteen days.” I have always wanted to do this – to post a remembrance once each day at the end of the year, for each month of this year, remembering people, places, rocks, birds, trains, bench marks and early morning skies I have gotten to know better in 2013. 

December morning magic