Musings of a roaming nature nerd


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  1. Bonita A. Portzline

    Hello from Gettysburg,
    I’m Bonnie Portzline. John and Janet Wagner introduced us years ago. (Janet and I worked together at Family Planning.) Today, while I checked in with John and emailed him several of my latest bird pics (got to sit under a young Red-tailed Hawk as it perched and then took off), he told me what you’ve been doing and sent a link to the fabulous blog.
    He say I’d be ecstatic when I scroll through it (tho’ he used another word, as he is wont to do.) Heck, I cannot wait until you are at their place someday (soon?!) and maybe we can bird the hotspots or, at least, share tales.
    I’m the guest speaker for the local Audubon chapter’s annual meeting in late April. (Was board member and used to chair the education committee.) Having been a photographer before getting into birding, of course, camera work nicely dovetailed with birding (though I seem to do 90% of it through long lenses.) Anyway, the chapter wants a slideshow of my local birds. Since 2013 is a major year of historic anniversaries, I call the program, “Birds with a Gettysburg Address.” (Too easy to come up with??)
    Looking forward to following the blog and greeting you in person.
    Bonnie Portzline

    March 21, 2013 at 8:21 am

  2. John

    You are absolutely correct concerning ticks: not exactly the equivalent of a beautiful sunset but part of the daily trauma we all endure.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:22 am

  3. John

    Your slickrock posting was the perfect transition for the start of spring trips into canyon country. Concerning the crypto soil, I have read that it represents what has NOT eroded from the surrounding area over the past few decades.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:48 am

    • annie

      True, that the crypto is what has not eroded. But it has not eroded as a result of the cyanobacterial strands holding together the sand grains. All too easy to destroy with one footstep or tire track… Does that get at what you were referring to? I wasn’t completely sure…

      March 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      • John

        We are both correct, expressing the same concept. When seeing the tall dark cyptro towers it reinforces to me how much has been eroded. Also I have read that crypto is similar to lichens because of their algae and fungus components (or at least crypto behave like lichens).

        March 22, 2012 at 7:18 pm

  4. Heather Winters

    Wow! We love the tracking post! (and all the other posts :)) Maybe you guys will come visit AZ again and we can track together :)

    February 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    • annie

      Hi Heather! We’re heading west again shortly, so we should indeed do a little southwest tracking this year. Thanks for reading and for leaving your nice comment :) We’ll try to connect with you guys when we’re back in the area. Take care!

      February 8, 2012 at 6:21 am

  5. John

    Your thoughts of returning home remind me of the geography and family I have left. Abbey wrote about canyon country and always being within view of a distant mountain. I think of you and Jason from the same baseline. No disrespect to home but the West misses you, loves you, and needs you.

    November 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm

  6. John

    From you last post, “the contradictions of the beauty and the sprawl” is indeed the question. Thanks for helping push the bar a bit towards beauty as we struggle against sprawl.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

  7. John

    Your photos portray such an inviting place, especially after just returning from several fun Unita Mountain days of endlessly walking in a conifer forest trying to stay dry. Hook me up!

    July 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm

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