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A Land in Need of Color

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The river floodplain as it usually looks; deep deposits of sand and mud.  

 

The floodplain as an “instant” field of Foxtail Barley: an uncommon appearance.

The “Foxtail Blizzard” only occurs if the timing is right; very high flood waters take so long to dry out that the wild grass has limited area to grow. If the flood subsides, but the ground retains moisture, the area becomes a field of Foxtail barley. It ripens fast and the Wyoming wind gathers the millions of dry seeds into low spots, up arroyos, and piles it up along road banks and other obstructions.

I’ve never seen this occur except in this special spot, where the geomorphology is “just right” to produce the “blizzard”. The first time I came across the phenomenon I was so confused; it was like nothing I’d ever seen. From far away it looked like egg custard had flowed across the land.

 

 

 

 

Rare Event / Foxtail Barley Blizzard

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Like clouds casting shadows on the earth, frozen gas bubbles are trapped in river ice so clear, it can’t be seen.

 

Bones from previous years’ hunts are uncovered as the snow clears.

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Ice so clear that it can’t be seen

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Nature is what we call the power that continually brings a dynamic earth

and its astonishing life into existence.

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Photo Day / Nature is…

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Mud.

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Photo Day / Ice Needles in Mud

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