The world is being reduced to a homogeneous goo, an ocean of undifferentiated space rarely punctuated by an island of what we call "different." We define the world by the small spaces that envelop us, and rapidly these spaces are becoming the same. Yet for those who might like to disembark this cruise ship at the next port, there are nooks and crannies where the real is still found. Here we celebrate our work and these little known places only found off the beaten path.
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Prickly pear cactus with tunas (fruit)
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Prickly Pear Fruit on cactus.
Cactus pear (Prickley pear)
Tunas (cactus pear, prickly pear)
prickly pear cactus with fruit, makes a milkshake snack
Opuntia Engelmanii fruits
The road between Lajitas (the western boundary of Big Bend) and Presidio is one of the most scenic in the nation. Here the Rio Grande snakes between the Texas/Mexico mountains.
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The desert explodes in color in the rare years when rain invites the wildflowers to bloom. Bluebonnets can be whitebonnets as well.
The desert explodes in color in years when rain invites the wildflowers to bloom. Bluebonnets can be Whitebonnets as well.
The Big Bend region of Texas is not simply a place where one can see the end of the world; it is the end of the world. The trip is worth the effort. Here the Chisos Mountains erupt from the desert floor.
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Magee Marsh is east of Toledo. This coastal area encompasses Ottawa NWR, the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, as well as Magee.
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We enjoy birding at Magee Marsh.
Magee Marsh is east of Toledo. This coastal area encompasses Ottawa NWR, the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, as well as Magee. Home of the biggest week in American birding.
I find it hard enough to imagine the power of ice age glaciers, a force that scoured and reshaped much of the northern U.S. But glacial grooves? On Kelley's Island you can see evidence of this movement as glaciers scraped across the land leaving grooves through the dolomite. But how does a glacier spin and turn?
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Ohio's Lake Erie coast sprawls between Toledo on the west and Conneaut on the east. Although better known for industrial cities such as Cleveland and Ashtabula, the coast still retains impressive areas in a natural state. This is particularly true of the islands off of the coast - the Bass islands, and Kelley's Island. Kelley's is one of the most intriguing islands in the U.S., with alvar, glacial grooves, and migrant birds that sweep through in migration.
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Kelly's island. Lake Erie is like the ocean there & it has the softest sand. Ahhhhhhhh.
Ohio's Lake Erie coast sprawls between Toledo on the west and Conneaut on the east. Although better known for industrial cities such as Cleveland and Ashtabula, the coast still retains impressive areas in a natural state. This is particularly true of the islands off of the coast - the Bass islands, and Kelley's Island. Kelley's is one of the most intriguing islands in the U.S., with alvar, glacial grooves, and migrant birds that sweep through in migration. ***Where the <3 is***
The damp leaf litter under the northern forests is ideal for fungi. This is the coral fungus, one relatively common in the Les Cheneaux region of the UP.
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Of all the gentians my favorite is the fringed. This is a photograph from Government Island in the Les Cheneaux region of the UP.
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The Upper Tahquamenon Falls is in the heart of the remaining UP forests. The water that churns through this cataract is stained by tannin from the forest.
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Tahquamenon Falls in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan
There are two Michigans, one known and one obscure. The Upper Peninsula (UP) of the state begins at the Straits of Mackinac, an immense stretch of land splayed across the north. The UP is verdant north woods, grand waterfalls, monumental snowfalls, and three of the Great Lakes.
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The Great Plains is littered with the hulks of pioneer homes long past their prime. The Flint Hills of Kansas is no exception.
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One of the delights of a North Dakota winter (not the 35 degrees below zero) is when hoar frost forms on every surface.