Things That Shouldn’t Be There

These tufa formations by all rights shouldn’t be there. Well, they should be there but they shouldn’t be THERE! Where they should be is fully submerged below the surface of Mono Lake. These iconic towers are now destination attractions largely because the city of Los Angeles diverted water for decades, inadvertently drastically lowering the level of the huge inland sea and leaving the tufa high and dry. Created by fresh water springs emerging from the bottom of the alkali lake, calcium carbonate built up like stalagmites over the centuries. It took less than one of those centuries for us to turn these living underwater sculptures into crumbling surface artifacts.

That said, if we could fix it all and turn back time to when the water was at its natural level, another thing that wouldn’t be there would be me. – jg

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Bounding

All enthusiasm and not much coordination, this Red Fox pup bounds though a field of pink flowers. Like any puppy testing its limits, it “attacked” its parents and siblings, jumped around in tall grasses, and just plain ran around before its wild wariness instincts cut in and it disappeared.

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Cool and Clear

The cool and clear water in the Big Cypress/Everglades drainage is filtered through hundreds of miles of grasses. Most people think of swamps as bacteria laden water, malaria, the smell of rotten eggs, cottonmouths and alligators. The truth is I’ve never seen clearer or cleaner water. OK. Admittedly the snakes and the ‘gators are definitely there, but the water is great! – jg

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Kit Fox

Seldom seen, this is an adult Kit Fox outside of her den in the Mojave Desert where she and her mate have been raising their pups for the past couple of months. In a short while these small (less than 5lbs) carnivores will most probably abandon their den and move on to a different location. It’s uncertain whether this same location will be used by them again next year.

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Fair Banks

This is looking downstream along the fair banks of the meandering Tanana River in Fairbanks, Alaska. At sunset on this late summer day the waters were still and almost lake-like. After a few hundred river miles this water will merge into the mighty Yukon River on its way out to the Bering Sea.

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