Ralph Maughan
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My photos are mostly 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. I generally avoid uploading photos of the classic places because Google Earth will not benefit from more photos of them. Contact me at rmaughan2 AT cableone Dot net

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Thanks Ross. This was, of course, a once in a lifetime shot of the ash from an American, lower 48 states volcano.

Something about that November light :)

There is a lot of contention at the present about the junipers near Juniper Mountain, with some saying the junipers are new there -- not natural. Of course, if so, how did the mountain get its name? It has been named that for a very long time.

Kent Anness,

You are right. I did a brief web search. I don't know what kind they are. They grow in the vicinity of Soda Springs, Idaho. That is the only place I have seen them. They do not appear to be escapes from town. They grow on uncultivated hillsides and quite densely in places. From the map you can see that these three are well away from the highway and highway is not near any town except tiny Henry, ID. They are unique, but you are the only person on the web or anywhere else to mention the fact to me.


I don't suppose a lot of people will click on this, since it is not so interesting except for the vast emptiness.

However, I am very glad you take some photos like this because Google Earth is most useful when the landscape is shown as it mostly is rather than a unique, but small corner of it.

okay long delay, sorry. I think it is called, "galloping cactus", Stenocereus gummosus. (Baja California Plant Field Guide)


A footnote to the photo. The sunset color in this photo is in the east, not the west. The color comes from late in the day alpenglow on a mountain range which is behind the trees and not visible.

Very nice valley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LK Greetings --Pierre

Like the cloud shadows here Ralph!

Greetings from California, Bruce


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