Briar Patch Inn – Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona

      Need an escape from work, from the city, from cell phones, from email, from Facebook and from technology in general? The Briar Patch Inn on the banks of Oak Creek in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona, Arizona is where I would suggest you go. It is a charming family owned property with free-standing casitas […]

Uncompahgre Wilderness – within the San Juan Mountains of Colorado

The Uncompahgre Wilderness in southwest Colorado is a 102,721 square mile U.S. Wilderness area in the north-central region of the San Juan Mountains about ten miles east of Ouray. Elevation ranges from 8,400 to 14,309 ft. There are two fourteeners (peaks with elevations exceeding 14,000 ft) and at least twenty-five thirteeners within this wilderness area and […]

The Cattle Have a Church

This 200′ sandstone column is called Church Rock. It sits just off US Route 191 near Monticello in southeastern Utah. As the lore goes, in the 1930’s Maria Ogden and her Utopian community Home of Truth had plans to chisel out the entire center of this rock to create a church. They got as far […]

Spring Will Be Here Soon!

Even though it’s warm and the wildflowers are already showing their faces here in southern Arizona, people in the northeast are experiencing something quite different. Don’t worry, my friends, winter is almost done and spring is just around the corner for you too. Look at this and envision the warm rays on your skin. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from […]

Crested Saguaro

Carnegia gigantea (Englem.) Brit & Rose forma cristata, better known as a crested saguaro is a rarity, occurring only once in every 250,000 saguaro. http://www.nps.gov/sagu/learn/nature/why_crested.htm The cause of the mutation is not definitively known, with some biologists professing it is the result of a genetic mutation and others believing it is the result of either a lightning […]

Quack …

  Simply put, the Rocky Mountains are gorgeous. This is a photograph of Duck Lake off state road 381 (Guanella Pass Rd. south of Georgetown, CO)  just south of the summit of Guanella Pass. It is part of Pike National Forest. Already considered high country at approximately 11,000 feet, the surrounding peaks are as tall as […]

Alien Head Boulder

Last summer I was on a camping trip in the Pinaleño Mountains of southeastern Arizona and came upon a campsite filled with huge boulders that seemed carefully placed and oddly alien-like in their appearance. I can’t wait to get back for another camping trip on this beautiful mountain. With 7000 feet of vertical relief, more than […]

No Need for Oil Paint and Canvas

Painters can only simulate the beauty of nature and the arrangements it creates. The pattern of the bubbles; the interplay of greens, rusty orange, yellows and browns; the rhythm of the varying shapes; and the subtle highlight speckles from the sun on the water are all perfect in their placement in this little stream. As I look […]

Prickly Rose

I recently returned from a two-week camping trip through Western Colorado. Several areas, including the Golden Gate Canyon State Park northeast of Idaho Springs, and along state route 36 between Estes Park and Lyons, are home to Prickly Rose shrubs, in addition to the many varieties of conifers, Aspen and Birch trees. The Prickly Rose […]

Minimalist Landscape

Founded in 1882 after the Santa Fe railroad laid an 88-mile track between Benson and Nogales, the Santa Cruz Valley towns of Sonoita and Elgin have a rich history in cattle ranching. In the 1880’s as many as 3,000 head of cattle shipped to markets in the East each day. (http://www.thenogaleschamber.com/Portal/LivinginSCCounty/Sonoita/tabid/66/Default.aspx) This land is still used for […]

Happy 75th – Golden Gate Bridge

Eighty-three years ago today (August 15, 1929), Joseph Baermann Strauss was appointed Chief Engineer for the Golden Gate Bridge project. His original bridge design was for a cantilever-suspension hybrid, but by the time it went into production, that design changed to the full-suspension bridge we all know. When the bridge opened in 1937 it was the […]

America The Beautiful

The vast expanse of land from Yosemite to the Sierra Nevada Mountains is such a welcomed respite from the noise and hubbub of city life. Relatively few cars drive on the smaller state routes, so time spent in quiet solitude is only interrupted by the occasional moo from the cattle grazing the land.  Even in summertime, the air is […]

In Memoriam

For my second Dad on this special day as we celebrate your life through a day of memorial Joseph Holck March 28, 1927 – November 6, 2011 http://www.kajukenbo.info/kajukenbo/holck.html (The following poem was emailed to me. Source and writer is unknown.) Somewhere a journey begins at the end of the worldly existence we know, Where a […]