The Intersection

The American Southwest




  1. #1 Phil
    February 5, 2009

    That there spikey thing is a yucca plant. You can weave thatch shoes out of them. Why the photo? They’re all over the place, people use them as ornamental plants everywhere.

  2. #2 Sheril R. Kirshenbaum
    February 5, 2009

    Why the photo?

    It reminds me of diadema antillarum.

  3. #3 Abel Pharmboy
    February 5, 2009

    Thanks, Sheril. That intense blue sky brings back fantastic memories.

  4. #4 Cal Harth
    February 5, 2009

    Nice photos again Sheril! Jeese, a sea urchin? Phil calls the last photo correctly as a yucca. I think it is one called Spanish Bayonets. Don’t back into it.
    The first photo has sagebrush in the foreground and creosote bush in the background. If this is southern California you must have been up in elevation a ways for this plant assemblage.
    Keep having fun,

  5. #5 Phil
    February 7, 2009

    Ah Ok. That makes sense now.

  6. #6 Phil
    February 7, 2009

    P.S. try and drive through Monument Valley, Arches or Zion. If you don’t, you’re going to kick yourselves later.

  7. #7 Mike Treder
    February 7, 2009

    Yes, and if you do get to Monument Valley, by all means don’t miss the chance to drive a few miles north and take the dirt road through the Valley of the Gods. It’s not well-marked and you may have to ask a local for directions, but the scenery on the 10-mile 30-minute trip is unimaginably magnificent.

  8. #8 Cal Harth
    February 7, 2009

    Mike and Phil,
    You guys are familiar with some really pretty country. I think a person could spend a lifetime exploring in the four corners region and still find surprises.
    We could also include Natural Bridges Nat’l Monument and Grand Gulch as worth seeing in the area.
    Have you been to Arivaipa Canyon, Organ Pipe, or Big Bend?

  9. #9 Phil
    February 8, 2009

    Here’s your best website.

    I can’t imagine Sheril gets out west too often, being a marine biologist.

    Other highlights are Antelope Canyon, Meteor Crater, Petrified Forest.
    All summer travel spots for the family and great places for a scientist to visit.

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