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Updated on: November 25, 2022.

Coast redwoods, album created on December 30, 2022

Sequoia sempervirens, the coast redwood, occurring in California from south of the Bay Area north to the Oregon line. This was an important timber tree, and surviving large specimens are largely confined to Redwood National Park and vicinity, though a few isolated individuals, spared by loggers, survive elsewhere. There is lots of second growth through its range, as in the SF Peninsula, and in a thousand years or so they'll be as spectacular! Pix here are from the kitschy but fun Trees of Myst…

Belmont Mill (5-01-22), album created on November 25, 2022

One of the best-preserved early 20th century ore-processing mills in Nevada is maintained in a state of arrested decay. After the swift exhaustion of the bonanza ores at Hamilton, there was only desultory activity in the White Pine Mining District for some decades. Base metals occur in a wide zone around the precious metal deposits, however, and by the early 20th century they were becoming of interest. The Tonopah-Belmont Development Company build the (then) state-of-the-art Belmont Mill in 1…

10-21-22(Panaca_Summit_kilns), album created on November 19, 2022

An extraordinarily well-preserved set of charcoal kilns in the mountains west of Panaca, Nevada. They were used to make charcoal for the smelters in Pioche, Nevada and surrounding areas. They were built by Italian stone masons and have much better construction than many other surviving kilns. Note, for example, that the main portal at the base is a stone arch rather than a steel beam. (One arch has been propped up by a wood frame for preservation--it's obviously not original!) They were in…

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Just been out of town a lot! So sorry about delays responding.


  • A 25 year old tragedy

    - July 13, 2022
    [I did this writeup for a discussion group I'm involved in. Since it's a bit big for that group, I'm making it an article here and giving them a link, but my Ipernity contacts may also find it of interest.] I recently ran across the backstory on a 25-year old tragedy and I'd thought I'd post about it, as it's relevant to some discussions of geographic scale and backcountry safety that I have been involved in. In July 1996 a German family went missing in rugged, remote country near the south…

  • I haven't (quite) fallen off the face of the Earth...

    - September 18, 2020
    But I haven't been around for a few months. Sorry! It's not just covid--Real Life has gotten in the way bigly around here. I won't bore you with details, but I haven't given up on Ipernity! We currently are smothered by smoke from the California wildfires, so I don't have much in the way of recent photos. But I'll try to post along even so-- Cheers, all! Steve


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 slgwv
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THANKS, PAM--BUT WHO'S COUNTING AT THIS POINT? ;)
2 years ago.
 Pam J
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HECK... SIGH.. TWO DAYS LATE !! BU STILL MEANT..
HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVE
2 years ago.
 Ulrich Dinges
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Hi Steve.
In the flight I have had a look at your photos of your selectet places of the USA: Thanks for the post of the pictures and your descriptions in addition
3 years ago.
 Alina Orlicka
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Have a wonderful weekend!
4 years ago.
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Happy Birthday Steve !
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