In the early 1990's, my father and I built this 6' x 9' log cabin from hickory, oak, and walnut timbers harvested from our property. Furnished with a cast iron stove and two shelf beds, we occasionally camped there at the edge of the forest, a brief walk from our house in Randolph County, Missouri.
On-site building of this cabin is an iconic memory, and has helped me understand the economic accounting of materials described in Henry David Thoreau's book, Walden.
I enjoy the landscapes that reveal evidence of erosion. This cliff along the Trail of the Ancients in southwest Colorado shows nature's slow process of carving.
An old roadside billboard at Monument Valley in Utah.
I stayed at Scruffy Acres with my parents a couple of days who live away from the main path on a high desert plain. I was fortunate to capture a photo of my mother just as the rain passed.
I love the wide open plains in Arizona. This photo was taken near the Crater Meteor site.
Here is a photo of changing landforms as I travel toward the Rocky Mountains
Westward wind farm.
A lone memory of a plant's life at the Great Sand Dunes in southern Colorado.
Majestic columns in Arches National Park.
A raven in the southwest always reminds me of how harsh the region can be.
A corner at Chaco Canyon.
One of the many kivas found in Pueblo Bonito at Chaco Canyon.
Anasazi dwelling at Mesa Verde.
The Balcony House at Mesa Verde
Sky City at the Acoma Pueblo.
Nature's interface with humanity in Omaha, Nebraska
A Lewis and Clark lookout point in Nebraska City.
A panoramic view from the Loess Hills at Hitchcock Nature Center
Mantis at ground level.
Civil symbiosis with lichens, moss, and a succulent plant off a trail in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I still have not identified these red mushrooms in the forest at Graham Cave State Park.
I grew up with tulip trees, but never saw a mature one with flowers in them.
White and violet living against a sidewalk.
Vanderslice Hall at Kansas City Art Institute.
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska.
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