Montana Outdoors

January 12, 2014

Stream crossing

Filed under: Arizona, Superstition Mountains — Tags: — montucky @ 10:07 pm

Stream crossing

During the years we lived in the Phoenix valley we spent a lot of time in the desert and one place to which we returned many times was a Jeep trail that led far back into the Superstition Mountains. A small dirt road gave access to the start of the Jeep tail after a few miles from the highway and at the start of the trail it was necessary to cross a wash which was normally dry. After a storm it could quite different and sometimes challenging as the photo from 1974 shows.

January 8, 2014

Arizona sunset

Filed under: Arizona, Sunsets — Tags: , , — montucky @ 7:31 pm

Arizona sunset ~ 1973

While going through some old slides I came across this one shot in 1973.

April 11, 2012

From the south rim

Filed under: Arizona — Tags: — montucky @ 8:25 pm

Grand Canyon, south rim

May 20, 2010

Yucca

Filed under: Arizona, Nature, Outdoors, Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:19 pm

Just outside of Page Arizona at about 4600 feet elevation near the Utah border these were blooming. I believe they are a type of Banana Yucca (Yucca baccata).

Banana yucca

Banana yucca

Banana yucca

Banana yucca

May 19, 2010

Tulips with teeth

Filed under: Arizona, Nature, Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:01 pm

Tulip PricklypearTulip Pricklypear (cactus), Opuntia phaeacantha Engelm

Tulip Pricklypear

Tulip Pricklypear

These were found near Page, Arizona. If my identification is correct, I think they are very well named.

April 28, 2007

Feeding your 800 pound gorilla.

Filed under: Arizona, California, Conservation, Environment, Politics — montucky @ 3:18 pm

What do you do to feed your 800 pound gorilla if it’s energy he wants? The present opinion seems to be “anything you can possibly imagine doing, no matter what the cost”.

If your gorilla is in L.A., you go get it from southeastern California and Arizona by trampling all over the Big Morongo Wildlife Preserve north of Palm Springs, Pioneertown near Yucca Valley, Pipes Canyon Wilderness Preserve and a corner of the San Bernardino National Forest as the L.A. Mayor wants to do as reported in this story in the LA Times.

“Wait”, you say, “you can’t do that”! But it seems that Federal Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman thinks you can.

As pointed out in this story, also in the L.A. Times, “Federal energy regulators Thursday singled out most of Southern California as an area in need of more high-voltage power lines and set in motion a process to make it happen — even if state officials balk.”

“Critics warned that the move could potentially gut local and state authorities’ control of the siting of the transmission lines, among the most controversial issues that state and local agencies address.”

“The action, authorized under a law signed by President Bush in 2005, puts power-short regions of the country “on a path to modernize our constrained and congested electric power infrastructure,” Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman said in a statement.” “Under the Energy Department proposal, federal energy regulatory commissioners would have the right to overrule state and local regulators if the latter refuse to issue permits for transmission corridors on designated private lands, an Energy Department spokeswoman said.”

When intelligent beings in outer space (and I’m hoping there are some there because there apparently aren’t any here) look toward the Earth at night, and see what a fantastic picture on this NASA website shows, they must wonder why in the world we want to destroy all of the natural resources we have just to light up the night sky.

They probably also wonder why we don’t put our 800 pound gorilla on a very strict diet.

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