Thursday, 13 May 2004
Pix Of The Day: Utah Red Cliffs Above & Below
CREDIT: © Peter Turner/MaccCAM Vistas; © Ian Scott-Parker/CAMwrangler.com
WHERE: Utah, USA. WHAT: red cliffs. Thumbnail clicks  pop-up larger images.
Peter Turner's MaccCAM.co.uk web site, featuring life in and around the Cheshire town of Macclesfield, has appeared here on a number of occasions. On his return from a visit to Los Angeles, California, USA, Peter has revamped his web site to include a section that features his overseas travels, entitled Vistas. The Los Angeles trip is recorded in three galleries, and still growing. The picture we have chosen makes a good introduction, and shows the red cliffs of Utah, shot from the aeroplane as it overflew on the way to LA. As always, Peter's eye for key features and points of interest in his surroundings ensures an engaging photo gallery for his visitors.
Our own pictures (one to the left, plus two  bonus images) shows some Utah red cliffs from ground level, taken on our recent back roads trip west of Zion National Park. Peter Turner has also joined the plant identification debate, having opined that the Triffid pericoloso is a Yucca, sending one of his own pictures taken during his LA trip on the road between Yuma and San Diego, showing a very similar but even more magnificent specimen. Eric Shackle in Australia saw yesterday's bloom of the day, which reminded us of Britain's ragwort and reminded Eric of escaped members of the Coreopsis  family growing wild.
Today's bloom of the day breaks our policy of not attempting botanical identification. We have eaten the fruit of this plant, and saw this particular specimen bearing fruit in a previous year, so we are fairly sure of our identification. We offer two  pictures, one of the bush plus a close-up of the flower, and a hint from classical painting for those with a detailed knowledge of Botticelli's work.
Expert botanists will recognize the formal name and  classification from the University of Hawaii botany department, but those who are still mystified may be surprised when the answer is revealed. Although native to the region that includes Iran and northern India, the fruit is widely cultivated but this example was semi-feral, growing on the banks of the Hurricane canal in southern Utah, USA. Beth Kingsley's picture of a bloom acting as an unusual food source for a hummingbird was an unexpected delight, because these birds are now in evidence here in our valley.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)