Friday, July 29, 2011

More Below the Tombstones

Below the Tombstones

From the first corner after the pavement ends on the journey to Base Camp, Tom previously found a few petraglphys and then many more on the trail leading to the Tombstones where folks Base Jump. His feeling was there had to be more in between the two but he'd never taken the time to hike the whole canyon wall and explore. He has now.


Normally, Kobae won't come out to go hiking until the temperature drops below 90. On Thursday, with the mercury kissing 102 at 3:30 in the afternoon, Kobae headed down the driveway. Kobae found a creek bed to climb, checked out the view, and then it got a little tricky on the slick rock on the way down. Whenever he got hot, was easy to find shade, for one.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

View Point

Grand/San Juan County, Base Camp, and Collared

Tom finds a marker showing the dividing spot between San Juan and Grand County, then, 500 feet further north, finds another one. Base Camp far in the distance on the left hand side of the river, then a close up. A collared lizard follows Tom around the viewpoint.

Pot Ash Plant, Pot Ash Boat Ramp, Jackson Hole & Butte

China Man

From high above the Colorado River and a couple miles north of Base Camp, Tom takes a picture of Hurrah Pass (low flat area) and what appears to be the China Man in the background on the right side.

Abandoned Oil Well

Tom spends a good part of the day exploring the abandoned (and capped) oil well, to include lightning shelter, on the trail to Jackson Hole.

The Anti-Cline

By Patrick Bates

Kobae Returns From Security Patrol

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fly, Side-Blotch, minus Fly, Kobae, Rabbit, and Badger

Kobae always leaves a mess when he's done eating. Tom sweeps most to the squirrels and rabbit waiting but there is always smashed stuff left. Tom leaves it for an hour or so to give the lizards a chance to eat. Tom and one Side-Blotch are working well together. Kobae heads out to his favorite bush that he backs in to scratch his butt. The rabbit searches for swept leftovers. Tom puts the camera away and walks down to the porch to find a badger at the west end. No live picture, just wikipedia.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Patrick Bates

Each year hundreds of people come to Base Camp with a camera. Each year one stands out.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Wanna Make a Side-Blotch Lizard Your Friend?

All you need is a fly swatter and a dead fly. Well all you really need is the fly.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Live, From the Canyon Lands, it's Saturday Night

The Rabbit

For three years, since he was just a baby, the rabbit has come by the front porch for Kobae leftovers. Today as Tom was walking out the door, the rabbit jumped up on the front porch. Tom went to the fridge for carrots and lettuce and when he turned back, the rabbit had for the first time entered the lodge. Wherever the rabbit is, that's where lunch is.

Kobae Goes Hiking

After four months Kobae finally leaves the property on a hike while a Collard lizard watches from cover.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Quiet on the Porch

A hummingbird so fast the camera can't catch, but does the butterfly below. The side-blotch hides on the wall, the Woodhouse in search of food and the rabbit dines on the porch.