We’ve added new pictures to the revolving gallery, not many because we spent much of the summer working at surviving rather than traipsing about the backrocks looking for photo ops. You’ll recognize a few favorites we left up: the aspens in Kane Gulch, scarlet gilia, the boot and hoof prints, etc.
Here’s a list of the new pics.
One of ten Elberta peaches our sapling trees produced this year–their first crop.
Tha Hurd: these are the horses I’ve been writing about in my “Horse opera” posts, minus the palomino gelding. Left to right: the rear end of the palomino foal, its mother (I thought she was a palomino, but now I think she might be a bay with a flaxen mane), the silver dun (note her cool dorsal stripe), and the yellow dun stallion. In the foreground, my daughter Val and her ponytail.
Pepis wasp–also called a tarantula hawk–on horsetail milkweed (also there’s an ant). We had a stand of this erupt in the yard this summer. It’s considered an invasive species and is also toxic to stock, but we have no stock. The variety of insects the milkweed drew into the yard astounded and delighted us. I think it valuable for how many species it supports. Tarantula wasps up to two inches long flew in, following scent trails of the milkweed’s pollen. Our European paper wasps visited the milkweed, along with golden digger wasps, mud daubers, American paper wasps, and a host of others we have yet to identify.
A butterfly–species unknown–and a wasp or hornet–species also unknown–on the milkweed.
Grizzly bear prickly pear fruit. These turned even redder before dropping off the pads.
Masonry walls in a side canyon emptying into Crossfire Canyon. These walls and structures whose photos we’ve added date back to later stages of the prehistoric Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) occupation of southeastern Utah and other Four Corners states.
An Ancestral Puebloan structure tucked into a narrow alcove in the same side-canyon.
A detail of the double lintel beam in the above structure. I thought it was interesting as well as pleasing to the eye.
Masonry structure from another angle with interesting shadow and light play around it.
A masonry doorway into another structure in the side canyon. I love this doorway–it looks like it leads into deeper mystery. Or maybe into Shelob’s lair.
An upright lizard, a fence swift. These lizards seem to like having their pictures taken. Other lizards won’t stand for it. What I really want is a picture of a collared lizard or a Colorado collared lizard. Very flashy, and they will also smile for the camera.
Close-up of a horse skull that I found, part of a nearly complete skeleton.
A detail of the above horse’s cervical (neck) bones, still mostly articulated. I find this picture fascinating.
Fuzzy stuff–not entirely sure what it is. Old man’s beard, maybe?
As usual, profound thanks to son Saul for taking all these pictures.