Beneath.

July 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

“I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future – the timelessness of the rocks and the hills – all the people who have existed there. I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”  – Andrew Wyeth

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Mojave Dusk

http://nwbirding.com/Trips/Mojave.html

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“There are certain mortal moments and minutes that matter. Certain hingepoints in the history of each human. Some seconds are so decisive they shrink the soul, while others are spent, so as to stretch the soul.” – Neal A. Maxell

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Landfair Road Ivanpah-Goffs Rd Mojave National Preserve

http://mintaka.sdsu.edu/faculty/shafter/mdhca/index.html

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“History isn’t like that. History unravels gently, like an old sweater. It has been patched and darned many times, reknitted to suit different people, shoved in a box under the sink of censorship to be cut up for the dusters of propaganda, yet it always – eventually – manages to spring back into its old familar shape. History has a habit of changing the people who think they are changing it. History always has a few tricks up its frayed sleeve. It’s been around a long time.”  – Terry Pratchett

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Wild burros, Mojave National Preserve

http://nwbirding.com/Trips/Mojave.html

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Biosphere Reserves:

http://www.rmrs.nau.edu/usamab/Reserves.htm

Mojave and Colorado Deserts:  http://www.rmrs.nau.edu/usamab/Mojave%20and%20Colorado%20Deserts%20Reserve%20cover%20page.htm

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“Forgiveness is the only way to reverse the irreversible flow of history.” – Hannah Arendt

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Old Dad Mountain From Kelso Dune by David Roossien

http://www.davidroossien.com/index.php?topMenuSelection=stock&stockPageName=search&photoID=201012032752KelsoDuneOldDadMojave

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“If I had known they were going to do this, I would have become a shoemaker.”  – Albert Einstein

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Death Valley Mine Road, Mojave National Preserve

http://mojave2009.drycyclist.com/live-oak-spring/03096-death-valley-mine-roa.jpg.html

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The Valley of Fire is from an ancient sea leaving graceful shapes by a marvelous process of erosion forming a torrent valley of preserved rock mass…

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“As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that the things that are truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. Courage and kindness, loyalty, truth, and helpfulness are always the same and always needed.”  – Laura Ingalls Wilder

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great horned owl Mojave National Preserve Jim Nieland

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/42014060

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“The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.”  – Stephen Ambrose

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Mojave National Preserve Hole in the wall by Wayne Ranney

“Hole-in-the-Wall, located to the east of the Providence Mountains.  Pyroclastic rocks are exposed here and have weathering into fantastic shapes.

At Hole-in-the-Wall, tafoni textures permeate the rocks. These features begin to form long before the rock is exposed to erosion. Groundwater moves through the ash flow and can dissolve some of the silica. No hole is created at this time – only pockets of weakened rock. Some of the dissolutioned silica is redeposited adjacent to the weakened areas. When the rock is exposed to erosion, the weakened areas form holes while areas with extra silica cement surround them.” – Wayne Ranney

http://earthly-musings.blogspot.com/2011/04/mojave-national-preserve-geologic.html

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“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”  – Rudyard Kipling

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Fountain Peak Mojave National Preserve

http://www.hikespeak.com/trails/fountain-peak-in-mojave-national-preserve/

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“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.”  – Virginia Woolf

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Mojave National Preserve Sediments by Wayne Ranney

Dark colored minerals such as mica, hornblende, and pyroxene are layered within the more common quartz grains. Settling and deformation of the laminae creates this unusual and striking pattern on some dune faces. In reality, all of the grains reflect the mineralogy of the San Bernardino Mountains, where the Mojave River originates. As it flows north from there, it picks up sediment from other ranges – the Rodman Mountains, Cady Mountains and so on. The sand that arrives at Kelso dunes is the eroded remains of these ranges, piled exquisitely into fashionable dunes.

http://earthly-musings.blogspot.com/2011/04/mojave-national-preserve-geologic.html

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There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.”  – Irving Stone

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Providence Mountains east of the Kelso dunes by Wayne Ranney

http://earthly-musings.blogspot.com/2011/04/mojave-national-preserve-geologic.html

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“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…”  – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Jaunt through the Mojave Desert on March 14, 2010. Soundtrack is “Sea, Sand and Sun” by Arnica Montana.

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“It’s no wonder most religions are born in the desert, because when men lay beneath that boundless night sky and look up at the infinite expanse of creation they have an uncontrollable urge to put something in the way”  – Terry Pratchett

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