Meadowmom's photos

  • Yampa

    Is it time for another story? Here’s an ancient scuzzy Kodachrome I took from our plane back in the 1960s. It’s the Yampa River which flows from the state of Colorado down through Dinosaur National Monument in Utah. Today, Yampa is the only remaining w…

  • A Horned Lizard busy matching his gravel.

  • Love

    Retired rolling stock from one of the great railroads, “the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe.” Seems to have moved an aficionado to commit graffiti.... Barstow, Mojave Desert, California.

  • On Your Knees For These.

    Sometimes in the desert, rain comes late. Not in winter but in the springtime. When this happens, the seeds in the rapidly warming soil know that desiccating heat is coming fast. If they are forced to germinate, they may give up leaves and branches. Th…

  • Where Rocks Move

    In Death Valley, A long washboarded dirt road finally reaches an ancient lakebed composed entirely of beige-colored silt. A place that’s high and windy, wet in winter and very level. A famous playa: the Racetrack. Where you can see the tracks made by ro…

  • About Driving on the Salt

    On the floor of Death Valley, these are the salty remains of a Pleistocene lake. The white lines are dry crystallized drainage streams, not roads. The beige areas are also saline. They may or may not be wet. Driving out on the smoother parts of the salt (…

  • Death Valley in Summer

    When I was young, everything was closed in Death Valley in summer. Rangers came from their small summer cabins in the Panamint Range or Cow Creek to drag gunny sacks behind their pickups, erasing all tire marks where vehicles turned off pavement. Then the…

  • Giant Yellow Evening Primrose

    Oenothera primaveris ssp. primaveris. Near Kelso Dunes, Mojave Preserve, California.

  • Tent Caterpillars...

    ...leaving their tent for the day. Mojave Preserve, California.

  • Remembering 9-11

    Mural on a fruit-packing warehouse, Lindsay, Central Valley, California.

  • Sunset in Far Southern Death Valley

    One of the wildest parts of the park.

  • About Key-Cans

    When I took archaeology classes back in the ‘50s, no one talked about the history of cans, but today’s archaeologists in the American West are required to know it. This is the lid of a key-wind can in Death Valley. These cans were you may remem…

  • Meet Me At The Woman Pushing a Peanut With Her Nose

    The gigantic statue, “Pacifica”, symbol of the 1939-40 World’s Fair on an island in San Francisco Bay. With garish colored spot lights on her in the evenings and a huge tinkling metal wind screen behind her, she was easy to find. My parents chose a spo…

  • WWII ad

    During WWII, advertising (mostly printed) changed radically. I offer this old ad from 1943 as an antidote to the constant cannonading we are getting now on the internet.

  • A big White Lined Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

    Death Valley.

  • Wild Canterbury Bells

    Wild relative of a bright garden flower. Mojave Desert, California. Phacelia campanularia ssp.

  • Hoover Dam and Climate Change ?

    An old Kodachrome from the late ‘60s, when Lake Mead continued to slowly rise behind Hoover Dam. Here it was still more than 100 ft. below the top of the new(ish) dam. Interesting that today Lake Mead is again well more than 100 ft. below the top of Hoov…

  • Where the Rots Go

    Fruit packing sheds in the Great Valley of California. June, Apricot season.

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