Saturday, 15 May 2004
Pix Of The Day: Eroded Outcrop Beside The Virgin
CREDIT: © Ian Scott-Parker/CAMwrangler.com
WHERE: Red Desert reserve, Leeds, Utah, USA. WHAT: eroded sandstone outcrop.
MAP: Sandstone Mountain. Thumbnail click pops-up larger image.
To further our investigation of silver mining on the sandstone reefs around Silver Reef and Leeds, we went down the Babylon Trail looking for the Stormont Mill on the Virgin River. The trail name derives from the Mormon naming of Babylon Mill for the silver ore processing plant, an indication of LDS President Brigham Young's discouragement of precious metal extraction because of the ungodly nature of the miners who were attracted into the area.
The route passes through the red Desert Reserve, with signs warning that the area is patrolled by the County Sheriff, and others advising of tortoises crossing the trail! The eroded sandstone outcrop in today's picture is seen from the opposite side to that displayed in an earlier feature. The fine sand of the desert surface showed lizard tracks, and when we saw snake tracks we retired gracefully to the truck.
Today's  bloom was seen growing near the upper reefs at the side of a dirt road, but was one of only a scattering of plants of the same species.
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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)