Just Another Nature Enthusiast

JANE’s Images & Thoughts 🌲 Inspired by the Pacific Northwest & places I wander

  • 5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge: Saguaro Cactus – Sonoran Desert Exclusive

    5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge: Saguaro Cactus – Sonoran Desert Exclusive

    Thank you to my blogging friends at, Our Rumbling Ocean, who suggested I try the 5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge. Over the course of five days, it has been interesting to decide which photos will lend themselves to the drama of black and white. I took another dive into my archives for this photo. It occurred to me that black and white is also great choice for accentuating texture. This photo of a Saguaro…

  • 5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge: Hoover Dam – Water Woes

    5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge: Hoover Dam – Water Woes

    Thank you to my blogging friends at, Our Rumbling Ocean, who suggested I try the 5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge. Over the course of five days, it will be interesting to decide which photos will lend themselves to the drama of black and white. I decided to search my archives for a dramatic photo for today’s post. This photograph is one taken at Hoover Dam a few years ago during a road…

  • Weekly Photo Challenge: “Angular” Works in Geologic Time

    Weekly Photo Challenge: “Angular” Works in Geologic Time

     Virgin River Gorge Northwest Arizona at the Utah Border… Faulted, fractured, tilted Paleozoic and Mesozoic rock layers: Conglomerate, limestone, siltstone, chert, shale, and gypsum… become the geometric tools of geology. Cliffs stand in near vertical faces. Landslides tumble rock into slopes as erosion undercuts massive beds. Caves open along fractures and bedding plains. Weaker stones warp and fold. Earth layers angled by convergent plate action rise up… 300 million years…

  • Arizona Ecoregions – Mojave Basin & Range

    Arizona Ecoregions – Mojave Basin & Range

    Patch of Mojave Ecoregion n vicinity of Poachie Range; Wikieup – Hoover Dam;     Location: The Mojave Basin and Range is located in southeastern California, southern Nevada, southwestern Utah, and northwestern Arizona. Climate: The ecoregion has a dry, subtropical desert climate, marked by hot summers and warm winters. The mean annual temperature is approximately 5°C at high elevations, and 24°C in the lowest basins. Death Valley, in the central…

  • Arizona Ecoregions – Sonoran Basin & Range

    Arizona Ecoregions – Sonoran Basin & Range

    SONORAN BASIN & RANGE: (Lake Havasu City – Mesa) (Mesa – Wikieup) Location: This region includes southeastern California, southwestern Arizona, northeastern Baja California, northwestern Sonora, and the northern tip of Sinaloa. Climate: The ecoregion has a dry subtropical desert climate, marked by very hot summers and mild winters. Evaporation rates are quite high in the entire ecozone. Vegetation: This vegetation is composed of desert types such as microphyllous scrubland, cactus,…

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