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A rare milkweed

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At Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in southern Utah on October 23, 2016, I encountered the rare Welsh’s milkweed, Asclepias welshii.

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January 2, 2017 at 5:02 AM

Ripples in the sand

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On October 25th the pleasant ripples in the desert sand along Interstate 15 near Baker, California, called out to me to photograph them and I granted their request. I’m so obliging. In fact I obliged more than once.


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December 17, 2016 at 4:54 AM

Elephant seals

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A couple of posts back you caught a tiny glimpse of seals on the rocks at Point Lobos, California, on November 3. Late the next afternoon, having worked our way down scenic Highway 1, we pulled in at the parking area overlooking the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery near San Simeon. It was a popular place, both for the elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) on the beach and the onlookers lining the fence to watch them. Note that while most of the seals were drowsily minding their own business, two of them were going at it nose to nose.

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November 28, 2016 at 4:56 AM

Roughly elliptical

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If you thought I’d show only one set of patterns from the beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on June 17, you don’t know me well. Here’s another.

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September 6, 2016 at 4:35 AM

Patterns in the sand

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Beach Patterns with Seagull Tracks and Stone8309

Place:  Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Date:  June 17.

Tracks:  Seagull.

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July 15, 2016 at 5:07 AM

Sand blowing off a dune

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Of course the main thing that drew me back to Monahans Sandhills State Park on the morning of April 13th was the dunes. At first the air was still, but it didn’t take long for the wind to pick up. I hoped the blowing sand wouldn’t get into my equipment (luckily it didn’t, but I didn’t dare change lenses) as I worked to get pictures that would capture the sense of the wind and the sand’s movement.

The typical “ripples” that you see on a sand dune come about through a geological process called saltation, which has nothing to do with salt, and which you can read a short explanation of on a page from the Great Sand Dunes website. If you’d like to know more about the word saltation itself, you can check out yesterday’s post on my language blog.

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May 12, 2014 at 6:02 AM

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