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Buck and Pole Fence

September 30th, 2009 1 comment

100_9561 Photo taken in Logan Canyon by David Densley September 2009. “Buck and Pole wood fences constructed of aspen or pine logs are no longer widely used due to their labor–intensive construction, the local scarcity of materials, and difficulty of transportation. Nonetheless, such fences, are still found due to heir aesthetic values and durability in areas of heavy snow.” Quoted from gf.nd.gov. See also Aspen Restoration – Buck and Pole Fence.

‘Brilliant Red’ Sticky Geranium Leaf

September 29th, 2009 5 comments

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This brilliant red leaf is from the Sticky Geranium plant. “The leaves are mainly basal and long stalked, with flat stiff hairs and glands which exude a sticky substance. The blades are 2-6 inches wide, palm-shaped, with the 5-7 sharply toothed divisions cut more the ¾ their length.” USU Extension – Range Plants of Utah. See also Geranium maculatum. Photo taken at Tony Grove up Logan Canyon by David Densley September 2009.

Tony Grove

September 28th, 2009 No comments

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Fall leaves in Tony Grove, Logan Canyon, Utah.

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Fall Holly

September 25th, 2009 1 comment

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I believe this is a species of holly. “Holly berries are mildly toxic and will cause vomiting and/or diarrhea when ingested by people. However they are extremely important food for numerous species of birds, and also are eaten by other wild animals. In the fall and early winter the berries are hard and apparently unpalatable. After being frozen or frosted several times, the berries soften, and become milder in taste. During winter storms, birds often take refuge in hollies, which provide shelter, protection from predators (by the spiny leaves), and food.” Quoted from Holly on Wikipedia.org. Photo by David Densley September 2009 along Stump Hollow Trail in Logan Canyon Utah.

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More Bigtooth Maple

September 24th, 2009 1 comment

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More Bigtooth Maple pictures taken near Red Banks in Logan Canyon by David Densley September 2009.

Green Bigtooth Maple Leaves

September 23rd, 2009 2 comments

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Acer grandidentatum (Bigtooth Maple) “is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree growing to 10–15 m tall and a trunk of 20–35 cm diameter. The bark is dark brown to gray, with narrow fissures and flat ridges creating plate-like scales; it is thin and easily damaged. The leaves are opposite, simple, 6–12 cm long and broad, with three to five deep, bluntly-pointed lobes, three of the lobes large and two small ones (not always present) at the leaf base; the three major lobes each have 3–5 small subsidiary lobules. The leaves turn golden yellow to red in fall (this trait is less reliable in warmer areas).” Quoted from Acer grandidentatum (Bigtooth Maple) on Wikipedia.org. Photo taken near Red Banks in Logan Canyon Northern Utah.

Illuminated Pink Maple Leaves

September 22nd, 2009 2 comments

Illuminated Pink Maple Leaves
“Acer grandidentatum (Bigtooth Maple) is a species of maple native to interior western North America, occurring in scattered populations from western Montana in the United States south to Coahuila in northern Mexico.” Quoted from Acer gradidentatum Wikipedia.org. Photo taken near Red Banks in Logan Canyon Northern Utah.

Sunlit Aspen Leaves

September 21st, 2009 2 comments

Sunlit Aspen Leaves 100_9159 “Aspens, apart from the aberrant White Poplar, are distinguished by their nearly round leaves on mature trees, 4-12 centimeters in diameter with irregular rounded teeth. They are carried on strongly flattened leaf stems, that cause the leaves to twist and flutter in slight breezes. The juvenile leaves on young seedlings and root sprouts differ markedly from the adult leaves, being nearly triangular, showing here the typical leaf shape of most other poplars; they are also often much larger, 10-20 cm long. The five typical aspens are distinguished from each other by leaf size and the size and spacing of the teeth on the adult leaves.” Quoted from Aspen on Wikipedia.org. Photo by David Densley taken September 2009 in Logan Canyon near Red Banks and Stump Hollow trail.

Frazzled

September 18th, 2009 No comments

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It’s the end of the week and I’m feeling frazzled.  Good thing it’s the weekend.

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Sunset on Great Salt Lake

September 17th, 2009 No comments

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“Great Salt Lake, located in the northern part of the U.S. state of Utah, is the largest salt lake in the western hemisphere, the fourth-largest terminal lake in the world, and the 37th-largest lake on Earth. In an average year the lake covers an area of around 1,700 square miles (4,400 km2), but the lake’s size fluctuates substantially due to its shallowness.” Quoted from Great Salt Lake – Wikipedia.org The pictures below show heavy salt deposits along the shore line of the north shore. Photo taken September 2008 by David Densley.

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