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

Monday, December 30, 2013

November 2013 Remembered – Road Running Close To Home

In these closing days of 2013 we have arrived at post number eleven 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, and rocks I have gotten to know better in 2013.

Not everything posted in these “Twelve months in thirteen days” has been written about previously on Watching For Rocks or even has that much to do with rocks. In fact, some of it has flown below the blog radar altogether – that is, if it has even flown at all. 

First spotted this guy cresting a hill behind my house


Sunday, December 29, 2013

October 2013 Remembered – Swinging A Cat In Zion And Bryce

In these last days of 2013 we have arrived at post number ten 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, and rocks I have gotten to know better in 2013. 

You can swing a cat from my backyard in southern Utah and it will hit the ground running in some pretty spectacular landscape. This past October I drove over to Zion and Bryce National Parks for some hiking and some sightseeing.  I live here.  This is what I do for fun.

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Grotto Picnic area

Saturday, December 28, 2013

September 2013 Remembered – The Bristlecone Pines of Cedar Breaks

In these final days of 2013 we have come to post number nine 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, and rocks I have gotten to know better in 2013.

If I had to vote for one tree to be considered a symbol of Cedar Breaks National Monument, it would be the Great Basin bristlecone pine. In the crumbling limestone and dolomite cliffs at the edge of an eroding natural amphitheater, these trees not only survive but thrive in their barren windswept environment.

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Bristlecone pines at Cedar Breaks National Monument in southern Utah


Friday, December 27, 2013

August 2013 Remembered – Pelican Valley

In the waning days of 2013 we have come to post number eight in my series “Twelve months in thirteen days.” I have always wanted to do this – post a remembrance once each day at the end of the year, for each month of this year, remembering people, places, and rocks I have gotten to know better in 2013. 

Among the many trails in Yellowstone, Pelican Valley has a reputation as major grizzly bear territory. 

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Pelican Valley trail head and its many postings


Thursday, December 26, 2013

July 2013 Remembered – Life And Death In Yellowstone

We have come to post number seven in my series “Twelve months in thirteen days.” I have always wanted to do this – post a remembrance once each day at the end of the year, for each month of this year, remembering people, places, and rocks I have gotten to know better in 2013.

As a seasonal interpretive ranger in Yellowstone I get asked a lot of questions by visitors.

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A female elk grazes in West Thumb Geyser Basin


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

June 2013 Remembered – Birds On A Mission

We have come to post number six in my series “Twelve months in thirteen days.” I’ve always wanted to do this. The time is now! This means a post each day for the rest of the year, for each month of this year, remembering people, places, and rocks I have gotten to know better in 2013. 

And birds. Don’t forget the birds.
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A white pelican feeds at Little Thumb Creek on Yellowstone Lake

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

May 2013 Remembered – Back To Yellowstone

We have come to post number five in my series “Twelve months in thirteen days.” I’ve always wanted to do this. The time is now! This means a post each day for the rest of the year, for each month of this year, remembering people, places, and rocks I have gotten to know better in 2013. 

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An abandoned homestead stands silently in the refuge


Monday, December 23, 2013

April 2013 Remembered – Another Roadside Attraction

We have come to post number four in my series “Twelve months in thirteen days.”

I’ve always wanted to do this. The time is now! This means one post each day for the rest of the year of people, places, and rocks I have gotten to know better in 2013. 

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Route 66 in Kingman, Arizona

Sunday, December 22, 2013

March 2013 Remembered – Surveying Broken Mesa

Here is post number three in my series “Twelve months in thirteen days.” 

I have always wanted to do this. The time is now! This means posting at least one image each day for the rest of the year of people, places, and rocks I have gotten to know better in each month of 2013. 

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These happy hikers sure asked a lot of questions!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

February 2013 Remembered – Beaver Dam Mountains

We have come to post number two in my series “Twelve months in thirteen days.” 

I’ve always wanted to do this. The time is now! This means posting at least one image each day for the rest of the year of people, places, and rocks I have gotten to know better in 2013. 

View west into Nevada and the Great Basin


Friday, December 20, 2013

January 2013 Remembered – Chinle Trail, Zion National Park

I’ve always wanted to do this. The time is now! 

This means posting at least one image each day for the rest of the year of people, places, and rocks I have gotten to know better in 2013. Twelve months in thirteen days – there is no telling what will post on that thirteenth day!

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The Chinle Trail can be found in the southwest corner of Zion National Park

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Still Pondering The Virgin River Gorge

Lately I’ve been poking around the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area, pondering the rocks and trying to figure things out in the Virgin River Gorge. 

Sedimentary rocks of the Virgin River Gorge


Friday, December 6, 2013

The Virgin River Gorge

To many people the phrase “interstate highway” conjures up all sorts of negative images and descriptions, mostly having to do with getting from Point A to Point B in as little time as possible. To these folks I have only one thing to say. You might want to consider spending some time along interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge. 

Sedimentary rocks of the Virgin River Gorge in NW Arizona