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Logan Sunset

August 11th, 2009 No comments

Logan Sunset
Sunset west of Logan. August 2009 by David Densley.

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Flax Bloom

August 10th, 2009 1 comment

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“Flax is an erect annual plant growing to 1.2 m tall, with slender stems. The leaves are glaucous green, slender lanceolate, 20–40 mm long and 3 mm broad. The flowers are pure pale blue, 15–25 mm diameter, with five petals; they can also be bright red.” Quoted From Flax, Wikipedia.

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Red Rock Pass

August 7th, 2009 1 comment

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At the end of this road is Red Rock Pass the outlet of ancient lake Bonneville, a vast prehistoric inland sea, of which the Salt Lake is a modern remnant. Lake Bonneville covered over 20,000 square miles when it overflowed here about 14,500 years ago. It’s winding shoreline would have stretched from here to New Orleans if it were straightened out. This pass was deepened considerably when Lake Bonneville began to flow into Snake River. For a time, a torrent several times larger than the Amazon was discharged here. Finally, with a hotter, drier climate that slowly emerged about 8000 years ago, Lake Bonneville gradually disappeared.

Yellow Orpine Stonecrop

August 6th, 2009 No comments

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“Sedum Debile, or more commonly known as Orpine Stonecrop, is a forb/herb (a forb/herb is a plant that is neither woody nor a grass) of the genus Sedum. Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. Sedum Debile or Orpine Stonecrop’s floral region is North America US Lower 48, specifically in the states of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.” Quoted from: Orpine Stonecrop (Sedum Debile) on Sagebud.com. See also plants.USDA.gov and Wikipedia.
Photo by David Densley July 2008 at Peter’s Sink in Logan Canyon of Northern Utah.

Orange-Belted Bumblebee on Teasel Bloom

August 5th, 2009 2 comments

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“The Orange-belted Bumblebee (Bombus ternarius), also known as the Tricoloured Bumble Bee, is a yellow, orange and black bumblebee that is commonly found throughout the United States and parts of Canada.

A small, fairly slender bumblebee. The queen is 17–19 mm long, the worker 8–13 mm and the drone 9.5–13 mm.

The queen and the workers are black on the head, with a few pale yellow hairs. The thorax and the first abdominal segment are yellow, abdominal segments 2 to 3 are orange, and the rest of the abdomen is black.

The drone has a yellow head with a few black hairs. The coloration of the thorax and abdomen is similar to that of the females, with the exception that the abdominal segment 4 is yellow and the last abdominal segments are yellow on the sides. The fur of the drone is longer than that of the females. Before the introduction of what are commonly known as honey bees, Bumble bees were the only honey producing bee in north america; however only in very small quantities.” Quoted From Orange-Belted Bumblebee, Wikipedia.

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Photos by David Densley, Logan Utah, July 2009.

Indian Paintbrush at Tony Grove

August 4th, 2009 No comments

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Indian Paintbrush flowers are in full bloom at Tony Grove in Logan Canyon.

Jardine Juniper

August 3rd, 2009 No comments

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“Jardine Juniper is one of the oldest living things. It began life long before the pioneers entered Cache Valley, long before Jim Bridger and other mountain men lived here and possibly before the Shoshoni Indians inhabited the valley. It was once thought to be 3200 years old. Then in the 1950’s a core sample was taken and the tree was found to be 1500 years old.

Jardine Juniper was discovered in 1923 by Maurice Linford, also the year that the last grizzly bear in Utah was killed. In the 1870’s something alarming happened to the Juniper. Its growth rate slowed by more than two-thirds. We don’t know the cause for sure, but whatever happened brought a premature death to the Juniper.

The Jardine Juniper is still alive, but barely. If you are fortunate enough to see Jardine Juniper, you will notice that it is very sick and on the edge of life. Many people like to take this hike during the summer to see one of the oldest known living things on earth.” Source: Jardine Juniper Trail at UEN.org See Also: LoganCanyon.com and Juniperus scopulorum on Wikipedia