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“The King of Our Forest”

October 15th, 2009 1 comment

“the king of our forest; … the symbol of the Canadian people.” is what Jacques Viger the first mayor of Montreal said of the maple. The maple leaf eventually caught on as the nations symbol and was included on the coat of arms for both Ontario and Quebec. In 1867 Alexander Muir composed the patriotic “The Maple Leaf Forever,” which became an unofficial anthem. From 1876 until 1901, the leaf appeared on all Canadian coins, and remained on the penny after 1901. The maple leaf finally became the central national symbol with the introduction of the Canadian flag (designed by George F. G. Stanley) in 1965, which uses a highly-stylized eleven-pointed maple leaf, referring to no specific species of maple. Source: Maple Leaf

Lower Bear River Overlook

October 14th, 2009 1 comment

The Bear River is a river, approximately 350 miles (560 km) long, in southwestern Wyoming, southeastern Idaho, and northern Utah, in the United States. The largest tributary of the Great Salt Lake, it drains a mountainous area and farming valleys east of the lake and southwest of the Snake River Plain.” Seen here from “Cutler Reservoir an impoundment on the Bear River built for irrigation, flood control, and water supply.” Quoted From Cutler Reservoir and Bear River on

Post, Barbed Wire & Teasel Sunset

October 13th, 2009 No comments

Four beautifully dark and foreboding images taken at sunset west of Logan Utah on October 10th 2009. Fence posts, barbed wire and teasel stalks in silhouette.

Hunting for Grammar

October 12th, 2009 3 comments

The deer seem to be elusive this hunting season. Grammar too.

ATK Rocket Display

October 9th, 2009 No comments

“ATK’s human space capability includes solid rocket boosters, engineering services, astronaut tools and solar arrays. Its Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRM) — part of the world’s largest product line of solid rocket motors — have been propelling the space shuttle since its beginning, and will provide the main lift for NASA’s new Ares I crew launch vehicle. ATK is also developing the launch abort and attitude control motors for the Ares I Orion crew capsule, as well as the circular shape ultra-light solar arrays that will power the capsule.

Propulsion systems for the nation’s strategic missiles and missile defense systems is another core capability. ATK provides all three stages for the Minuteman III and Trident II D-5 missiles. In the missile defense arena, ATK also provides all three stages for the Ground-based Missile Defense (GMD) system and the first two stages for the Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) programs.” Quoted from See also Thiokol on

Fall Foliage

October 8th, 2009 No comments

I’ve been unable to identify this plant (yellow leaves). Do any of you know what it is? Photo taken in Logan Canyon near Red Banks September 2009 by David Densley.

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Spider Mites

October 6th, 2009 2 comments

Spider mites on a Milkweed leaf after a frosty night. “Spider mites are members of the Acari (mite) family Tetranychidae, which includes about 1600 species. They generally live on the under sides of leaves of plants, where they may spin protective silk webs, and they can cause damage by puncturing the plant cells to feed. Spider mites are known to feed on several hundred species of plant.” Quoted from Spider Mite on

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First Snow

October 5th, 2009 No comments

The first snow of the season lightly covers the Wellsville mountains in Cache Valley Utah. Photo taken October 2nd 2009 by David Densley.

Mules-Ears in Autumn

October 2nd, 2009 No comments

Mule-Ears is a coarse perennial plant, 1 to 2 feet high, with a thick, woody tap root. The leaves, shaped like the ears of a mule, are dark green, smooth and stiff in spring. Shown here they are brown and brittle after a long hot summer.

The Northern Flicker

October 1st, 2009 1 comment

“Woodpeckers, flickers, and sapsuckers are all members of the Picidae family. They can be identified by their stout sharply-pointed beaks, stiff tail feathers, and short legs that are equipped with four sharp clawed toes (two toes face forward and two backwards). There are more than 200 different species of woodpeckers in the world, of which about 45 are found in North America. Eleven species of woodpeckers are found in Utah.” Quoted from USU Extension article Woodpeckers. See also Northern Flicker on Shown above is the Red-shafted Flicker photographed in Green Canyon North Logan Utah September 2009 by David Densley.