Tetons, No Tetons

A late spring snowstorm blasts the Grand Tetons. Although we were there for several days, we only saw suggestions of the famous peaks. Only three weeks from summer, the storm clouds, blanket of snow and the base of the rugged mountain range made for some beautifully timeless winter scenes.

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A Better Look

A Grizzly takes in the view across the autumn tundra in Denali National Park. Always alert, she’s looking after her cub while searching for a varmint lunch.

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Geology Lesson

This is part of the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Central Oregon. In this section of the Monument, eroded and bare hillsides reveal their geologic history in the colorful layers.

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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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