Meadowmom's photos


  • That Happy Red Desert Lichen...

    I believe it is Xantheria elegans...somewhere among my amazing contacts, is there someone who can tell me if I’m right? Mojave Preserve, California.

  • Side Blotched Lizard

    In California, a lizard of dry lands and deserts.

  • Oncoming

    We’re into November and we are still red-flagged here in Central California. What amazes me is this: Some people look at the sky for information, but many never do. When they finally glance up, some of them have no idea that they are seeing a prairie fir…


  • More About Old Cans

    A dear friend sent me this photo and challenged me to tell some sort of story about it. Easy-peasy. It’s an old tobacco can. Eighty years ago when I was a little Western kid, these were very common. We were told never to touch them, because they were the…

  • I’ve never seen anything like this before.

    This photo was taken from California’s Great Central Valley looking west at the Coast Range, in mid October 2017. The original fire is on the right. The wind was blowing from right to left. Look how that fire was spotting! It used to be that a big fi…

  • Yampa, last page.

    (Page 7 of a photo story) Something happened on the Yampa River in 1966. A new and serious rapid was formed where Warm Springs Canyon meets the river. I really wanted to see a brand new major rapid. George Wendt actually saw the event. It had been rain…


  • Yampa, page 6

    (Continuing a photo story) Fifty years ago, kids could be turned loose on a Yampa river beach to amuse themselves. There was fine clean sand, pebbles, bits of twigs and wood, big horn sheep tracks, and along the old high water marks, lines of small foss…

  • Yampa, page 5

    (A photo story about an early raft trip in Dinosaur National Monument.) On calm portions of the Yampa River, it was OK to roll off the raft and swim alongside it. Had to keep your life jacket on. Actually, that strict rule allowed you to acquire a usef…

  • Yampa, page 4

    (A continuing photo story about a raft trip down the Yampa River many years ago.) Failed Feminist Cowers On a River Bank: River rafts carry high quality ice chests to provide abundant fresh food. But on this big trip after a delicious dinner I noticed s…


  • Yampa, page 3

    Here are a couple of the younger crew members of my second Yampa River float trip back in the 1960s. Good natured, hard working Mormon country boys. They didn’t touch beer. They didn’t even drink Coke. Our outfitter, Bus Hatch, was my favorite river gui…

  • Yampa, page 2

    A float trip down the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument. Kodachromes from the 1960s. This was my second trip on the Yampa. I still had a lot of questions about the geology. We’ve all seen a lazy stream meandering through a flat soft meadow, cut…

  • 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…


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