Saturday, November 30, 2013

Southern Butterfly Migrations in the Great Basin



Autumn Flight of Painted Ladies and Pygmy Blues



Autumn 2013 in the western portion of the Great Basin Desert has been very mild, following the record breaking heat of summer.  The warm days and cool nights have extended the growing season well into November, which is very unusual for this part of the U. S.

With so many flowers in bloom and the milder temperatures, I was beginning to fear that the Painted Lady butterflies were not going to show this year. 

Suddenly, as if on cue and when the days were starting to cool, Painted Ladies, along with the tiny Western Pygmy Blue butterflies were both here in large numbers.



The numerous sightings of painted lady, Vanessa cardui butterflies must be due to the prolific blooms of Rabbitbush and other plants that provide nourishment en route for their southward migration to the wintering habitats. 



The Western Pygmy Blue (Brephidium exilis) is the smallest butterfly in North America, with a wingspan of only one half inch (1.2 cm), it can easily go unnoticed.



 Preferring the Saltbush as its host plant and the alkali soil, it's no wonder the Western Pygmy Blue thrives in such great numbers around Walker Lake. 




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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sugarloaf Mountain





Exploring Nevada's Violent Past


Lying within two deserts, the Mojave and Great Basin, Nevada is certainly a land of interesting contrast.   The gentle streams that flow through rugged canyons create such a peaceful scene, but look closer and there are reminders of the violence that sculpted this amazing landscape.

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On the drive to Carson City, my state's capitol is a departure back in time through Six Mile Canyon. 

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 The mountainous two-lane road winds through cottonwood lined pull-outs with views of vivid lichen covered rocks. 

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 Located directly east of historic Virginia City and rising 775 feet (236.22 m) above the landscape is Sugarloaf, a distinctive egg-shaped rock formation.  
 
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Sugarloaf has a very unique history due to it being a volcanic plug. 

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 A volcanic plug or neck is formed when magma becomes trapped in a vent and hardens.   This can lead to a violent explosion. Over time, erosion wears away the surrounding rock and the distinctive shape of the plug is revealed.  The Devil's Tower in Wyoming and Little Devil's Postpile in Yosemite are examples of famous volcanic plugs in the U.S.    

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When the weather warms in the spring and the wildflowers bloom, I hope for a return visit to explore more of Sugarloaf Mountain and maybe get a view from the top.  


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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.
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