Rock Tales

Stewart Aitchison Photo: Stewart Aitchison “The monuments are barrels or Navajo water baskets, and the springs found at their bases is proof.  Rain God Mesa and Thunderbird Mesa are the homes of thunder and lightning.  The entire Monument Valley is a symbolic hogan.  Its fireplace is the butte near Goulding’s Trading Post and its door … Continue reading Rock Tales

Desert Notes: Hanging Gardens

Cave primrose (Primula specuicola) in Southeast Utah. Photo by Robin Patten. Robin Patten, April 2022 Sheltered in their alcove habitat, maidenhair ferns began unfurling new fronds around the same time the Say’s phoebes started calling and sandhill cranes sang their way across Cottonwood Wash. At least that was the first green that I saw. On … Continue reading Desert Notes: Hanging Gardens

From the Archive: Hot Water(fall)

Lake Powell, located in southeastern Utah, drowns a portion of the Colorado River and the lower segment of the San Juan River. And, yes, you read it correctly - there is a major waterfall on the lower San Juan River below the Clay Hills BLM boatramp. While the waterfall has been widely publicized by river-runners, most everyone else has either ignored its presence, or still assumes that the San Juan flows quietly unimpeded into Lake Powell. Nothing could be farther from the truth!

Bluff Paw Prints: BARC Report Sept-Dec

 Eds. note: This report was written on Jan. 3, but wasn't published here until Feb. 9. Dogs being fostered. Photo: Dudley Beck BARC Activity Report September 1 - December 31,  2021 The closure of our kennels in Bluff in September of 2021 due to valid noise complaints has had a tremendous impact on our ability to … Continue reading Bluff Paw Prints: BARC Report Sept-Dec

Historic Photo Retake: San Juan River near Bluff, 1925

By Brandt Hart This set of photographs was taken just west of Bluff. They clearly illustrate a lesson in changing vegetation and river ecology. In the top 1925 image, the San Juan River flows freely. The river then, for the most part, was unencumbered by dams and diversions upriver which allowed massive floods to routinely … Continue reading Historic Photo Retake: San Juan River near Bluff, 1925