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Ride For The Fallen

August 31st, 2009 No comments

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286+ riders attended the 2009 Ride For The Fallen event to honor the military men and women who have given their all for the cause of freedom.

Hang On Tight

August 27th, 2009 1 comment

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“Bear Lake is a natural freshwater lake on the Utah-Idaho border in the Western United States. It is the second largest natural freshwater lake in Utah and has been called the “Caribbean of the Rockies” for its unique turquoise-blue color, the result of suspended limestone deposits in the water. Its water properties have led to the evolution of several unique species that live naturally only within the lake. Bear Lake is over 250,000 years old.
Originally named Black Bear Lake by Donald Mackenzie, an explorer for the North West Fur Company who discovered the lake in 1819, the name was later changed to the current Bear Lake. The lake is a popular destination for tourists and sportsmen and the surrounding valley has gained a reputation for having high quality raspberries.” Quoted From Bear Lake (Idaho-Utah) on Wikipedia.org. Photos by Dave Densley taken on Garden City Shoreline of Bear Lake August 2009.

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Common Sunflowers After The Storm

August 26th, 2009 No comments

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“The sunflower is native to the Americas. The evidence thus far is that it was first domesticated in Mexico, by at least 2600 BC. It may have been domesticated a second time in the middle Mississippi Valley, or been introduced there from Mexico at an early date, as maize was. The earliest known examples of a fully domesticated sunflower north of Mexico have been found in Tennessee and date to around 2300 BC. Many indigenous American peoples used the sunflower as the symbol of their solar deity, including the Aztecs and the Otomi of Mexico and the Incas in South America.” Quoted From Sunflower on Wikipedia.com. Photo taken near Collingston Utah August 2009 by David Densley.

Approaching Storm

August 25th, 2009 No comments

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An approaching storm in the distance. Sunlight illuminates field grass. Power lines cross the horizon. Photo by David Densley near Collingston Utah August 2009. What does this photo say to you? Leave a comment below.

Ten Petal Blazing Star

August 24th, 2009 2 comments

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“Mentzelia (ment-ZEL-ee-uh) is named for Christian Mentzel, a 17th century German botanist. Laevicaulia (lee-vih-KAHL-iss or lay-vih-KAHL-iss) means with smooth stems. The yellow flower closes in the heat of the day. The stamen are nearly as long as the petals which are from 1-3 inches long and the leaves and stems have hairs that stick to clothing and animal fur. Thus, they are sometimes called stickleleaf. Montana’s Native Americans dug the roots before the plant flowered and used them to lower fevers.” Quoted From: Blazing Star Mentzelia on WildUtah.us Photo Taken August 2009 Petersboro Utah by David Densley.

Barley

August 20th, 2009 1 comment

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I think the photo above is barley or maybe wheat? “Cache County is one of the primary agricultural production regions in the state. In 2003 county production statistics (2004 Utah Agricultural Statistics), it led the state in barley production” with 873,500 bu total acres harvested according to USU Economics Department.
“Barley is a cereal grain derived from the annual grass Hordeum vulgare. It serves as a major animal feed crop, with smaller amounts used for malting (in beer and whisky) and in health food. In 2007 ranking of cereal crops in the world, barley was fourth both in terms of quantity produced (136 million tons) and in area of cultivation (566,000 kmĀ²)” Quoted From Barley on Wikipedia.com Photo by David Densley July 2009 near Weston Idaho.

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Tree Face

August 19th, 2009 No comments

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I found this tree while on vacation in Oregon. Did you know that “Trees have played an important role in many of the world’s mythologies and religions, and have been given deep and sacred meanings throughout the ages. Human beings, observing the growth and death of trees, the elasticity of their branches, the sensitiveness and the annual decay and revival of their foliage, see them as powerful symbols of growth, decay and resurrection. The most ancient cross-cultural symbolic representation of the universe’s construction is the world tree.” Quote from Tree Worship at Wikipedia.com.

Arrowleaf Balsamroot Seed

August 18th, 2009 No comments

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An Arrowleaf Balsamroot bloom after a long hot summer. Taken above King Park in Green Canyon, North Logan Utah.

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Red Poppy on Blue Sky

August 17th, 2009 1 comment

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“The flower color of poppy species include: white, pink, yellow, orange, red, and blue; some have dark center markings. The species that have been cultivated for many years also include many other colors ranging from dark solid colors to soft pastel shades. The center of the flower has a whorl of stamens surrounded by a cup- or bowl-shaped collection of four to six petals. Prior to blooming, the petals are crumpled in bud, and as blooming finishes, the petals often lie flat before falling away.” Quoted from Poppy on Wikipedia.

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Purple Monkey Flower

August 12th, 2009 No comments

Purple Monkey Flower
“Mimulus are called monkey-flowers because some species have flowers shaped like a monkeys face, others have painted faces resembling a monkey. The generic name, Latin mimus meaning “mimic actor”, from the Greek mimos meaning “imitator” also references this. The stem of a few species of Mimulus can be either smooth or hairy, and this trait is determined by a simple allelic difference.” Quoted from Mimulus on Wikipedia.

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