Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

On Top of the world at Watchman Peak

Watchman Fire Lookout was built in 1932 and is still used by rangers during fire season. This photo is taken from the top of Watchman Peak. The next photo is taken from the parking lot with a normal lens. You can just make out the tower. The last photo is also from the parking lot but with telephoto lens giving more detail on how this building is situated ON TOP of the world.

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My post for the Weekly Photo Challenge

Monochrome Monday: A Little Light


Falls Park, Pendleton, Indiana

Sunday Nature Quote: Wilderness

“The wilderness and the idea of wilderness is one of the permanent homes of the human spirit.”

Joseph Wood Krutch

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Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Travel Theme: Round

The elusive round benchmark

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When I taught geography I taught a class called “map reading”. As part of mapping, locations, of finding our way around this earth the US Coast & Geodetic Survey has left markers around the US marking elevation (used in topographical maps)

I had never seen one until years after I quit teaching. I found this little prize on a trail over looking Firestone Cascades at Yellowstone National Park.


What does this benchmark mean?

US Coast & Geodetic Survey Bench Mark: Geodetic is the practice of measuring the earth’s surface. The bench mark (geodetic survey mark) is used for measuring, surveying and triangulation. This marker is used to mark elevation.

7103.473: elevation

Y9: designation (the benchmark name)

1923: year monumented

Today benchmark hunting has become a popular activity similar to geocaching. Benchmark hunters will often refer to a NGS Dataset for information on the markers.



My entry for the Travel Theme  round challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Texture

Contrasting Textures

Jagged rock against dirt lined waves of snow still lingering through summer into fall.

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Crater Lake National Park, Oregon


My entry for Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge


For the Love of Geography: Arêtes

We continue our study on mountain glacial landforms with the arête.

An arête is formed by two glaciers scouring away rock on two sides of a mountain. The result is a thin ridge of rock which separates two U-Shaped valleys. Weathering further erodes the rock thus shaping and sharpening the feature. Arêtes can also be formed when two cirques erode.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shiny

A Shiny Round Ball

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One Word Photo Challenge: Peach

A Peachy Colored Flower


Center Lake Park, Warsaw Indiana

Check out Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 7

This odd little guy, out in a field all by himself.



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Monochrome Monday: Dainty Flora