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  • Infinity Highway

    A.k.a. Nevada State Route 439, USA Parkway. Looking northwest. This is a new highway linking the tiny burg of Silver Springs with the Reno-Tahoe Industrial Park on Interstate 80. The highway is so new, in fact, that it's just sketched in to the Google…

  • Drawdown

    Lahontan Reservoir floor exposed by the end-of-season drawdown. On the Carson River, Nevada. The parallel-ish lines result from wave action when the shoreline was at that level. Hopefully it refills next spring!

  • Drawdown

    Lahontan Reservoir on the Carson River, Nevada, at pretty much maximum drawdown at the end of the irrigation season. The reservoir is about 30% of capacity here. The idea is that it gets refilled next spring by runoff from the Sierra Nevada snowpack. (…


  • Watch for antelope!

    I.e., pronghorns. Warning sign on Nevada State Route 140 in the extreme northern part of the state. The pronghorn "antelope" have made a good recovery in this area in the latter part of the 20th century, after having been hunted nearly to extinction. W…

  • Thousand Creek Gorge

    In extreme northern Nevada. Looking downstream (slightly north of east). A spectacular slot canyon cut in volcanic rock.

  • Thousand Creek Gorge

    A spectacular slot canyon in extreme northern Nevada, on the Charles Sheldon Antelope Refuge not too far off Nevada State Route 140 (grandiosely named the "Winnemucca to the Sea Highway", from an early 20th century promotion). The inset shows a view down…


  • You have been notified...

    The sign reads, "These waters are entirely dedicated to livestock use from Jan. 1-Dec. 31 each year. NRS [Nevada Revised Statutes] makes any person who unlawfully diverts this livestock water guilty of a misdemeanor." So, watch out! As I comment elsewhe…

  • Hot Spring

    The spring itself, emerging from the ground on top of the mound of deposits it's laid down. Here it's too hot to put a finger in, but still cool enough for thermophilic algae.

  • Hot Spring

    Actively precipitating salts, and cool enough to support an algae population. It's about the temperature of the hot water from the tap. At the east edge of the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, right on the Jackson Ranch road. Yes, this area has geothermal po…


  • Young bighorn ram

    Probably a desert bighorn, Ovis canadensis nelsoni. On the road between Empire and Sulphur, Nevada, south of the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada and a bit east of Trego Hot Springs. This is an unusual occurrence! Maybe this guy is still trying to…

  • Young bighorn ram

    Probably a desert bighorn, Ovis canadensis nelsoni. On the road between Empire and Sulphur, Nevada, south of the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada and a bit east of Trego Hot Springs. This is an unusual occurrence! Maybe this guy is still trying to…

  • Technology

    We found this amusing--the windmill is obviously defunct, with only the tower left, but a solar panel is running the well pump! And it must be working--the stock tank is full. North of Sulphur, Nevada, east of the Black Rock Desert. The high point on t…


  • Where the hot spring ends up--

    Pool where the outflow from the hot spring (adjacent photo) collects. It supports vegetation and apparently is drinkable by livestock; the value of surface water in this area is suggested by the sign on the pool (left inset). This area is in the vicinit…

  • Ridge of hot spring deposits

    Extending east, almost linearly, from the currently active spring. It appears that a fault or fissure localized the spring.

  • Giant Sierra Juniper.

    Another view. Off the Pacific Crest Trail between Wet Meadows Reservoir and Lower Sunset Lake. Sierra Nevada, California.


  • Sierra Juniper

    Another view, showing the third, fallen trunk. Off the Pacific Crest Trail between Wet Meadows Reservoir and Lower Sunset Lake. Sierra Nevada, California.

  • Another for PamJ

    Another gigantic Sierra juniper; perhaps originally a triplet, with the third trunk now dead and fallen toward us. Right inset shows the scale, with my walking stick; left insets show different views of this tree. Off the Pacific Crest Trail between Low…

  • Wet Meadows Reservoir

    Off the Pacific Crest Trail, Sierra Nevada, California. Looking south.


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