Ralph Maughan
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I mostly upload my photos of the Western landscape. I try to document the "wide open spaces," and, of course, my photos make things look more attractive than they really are. Contact me at rmaughan2 AT cableone Dot net

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schön, like Liebe Grüße sendet bayernengel aus Deutschland!

Very nice lanscape!!!!!!!!!!! LK

Beautiful colors !! Best regards --Pierre

Very good photos. Greetings from Ukraine.

The real pressure here is on prairie lands. Trees introduced from the east coast and Europe have applied a good deal of pressure on what little original prairie there is left. There are attempts to re-create prairie, but of course those are never as diverse as the original.

However, there have been some big fires in the northern pine forests in the past few years, and the emerald ash borer (a kind of beetle) has been making huge inroads in the Twin Cities area. It is now illegal to bring firewood across county lines, or to use outside firewood (other than DNR certified vendors) in state parks and forests.

beautiful photo! Like1! Best wishes,Andrej

Thanks Ralph. This photo was actually a bit of an accident. Was driving all the way from Torrey, UT to Fallon in one day, trying to race against the first winter storm of the season, and really had no time (or place) to stop to take photos. This photo was only possible because I was stopped for road work (on a section where I could not have stopped otherwise) and had time to get a quick few snaps.


Although at the present I use digital cameras for all my photos -- Nikons and Panasonics -- this photograph is a scan from a transparency. I believe the camera was a Nikon N90.

Yes the cattle have beat out a lot of the headwater springs in Copper Basin and other nearly mountain areas, but most of the dewatering is from the diversion into a canal and "pump irrigation" that has dropped the water table.

The farmers downstream around the town of Arco have water rights, but when they make "a call" for water (a legal term), it can't be delivered as law says it should. So they have a legal anomaly under Idaho water law, called "futile water rights."


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