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Cease 8 – Earthquake Fault Path – Reflections of the Pure World

The Unusual Case of a Solitary Solitaire and a Lacking Cellphone

By Jim Acquire
Rosy-Finch Rendezvous Birding Journey Sequence


As one strolls by means of old-growth pink fir and Jeffrey pine forest to discover this distinctive and comparatively current geological function: a deep fissure in a circulation of volcanic rock, in locations as slim as 10 ft huge and as deep as 60 ft, that traces up with the Inyo-Mono Craters.

We had barely reached the sting of the superb bodily manifestation of what an earthquake fault appears like when Wealthy spied a distant perched hen.

As we crossed the considerably risky-looking bridge to get to the opposite facet of the fault, we paused to admire this power of nature. Briefly, as a result of there was a perched hen ready to be photographed.

We bought again to the spot that we had seen the perched hen and famous that it was a Townsend’s Solitaire, a considerably drab thrush associated to the American Robin.

Townsend’s Solitaire

It flew from tree to tree, pausing and posing like some a mannequin in a vogue present. The paparazzi facet of us obliged with a gentle stream clicking of mirror-less digital camera pictures.

Townsend’s Solitaire

Chook photographers know that you just by no means will be certain how cooperative a hen can be and for a way lengthy. We attempt to stability getting a very good shot with out inflicting undue stress on the birds. Fortuitously, our Canon R5 comes with an excessive 45 megapixel sensor and 500 mm lens, permitting us to get shut, however not too shut.

Townsend’s Solitaire

After a number of scores of pictures, we walked alongside the path admiring the bushes and their colourful bark. The bottom was scattered with the cones of the magnificent Pink Firs. I converted to my iPhone to attempt to seize the essence of the surroundings in a wide-angle format.

Pink Fir

I seen that Wealthy appeared preoccupied looking by means of his pockets and backpack. It appeared that he had misplaced his iPhone someplace. We backtracked to the place we had photographed the Solitaire with no luck. He determined to return to the automotive to see if he had left it there. Within the meantime I might randomly name his quantity and stored looking the world we had walked by.

As I scoured the bottom alongside the trail in search of his iPhone, a White-breasted Nuthatch landed on the fallen trunk in entrance of me.

White-breasted Nuthatch

I felt obligated to take a few pictures whereas ready for Wealthy to return.

White-breasted Nuthatch

With my iPhone in my hand making name after name to his cellphone, I additionally took a few pictures of the bushes.

Pink Fir


Quickly Wealthy caught up with me once more with a really sad face. His iPhone was positively AWOL. We made a gradual return hike again to the automotive, all of the whereas calling his cellphone incessantly. As we approached the automotive, we may hear the tones of his iPhone chiming away, utterly hidden between his seat and the middle console. Catastrophe averted, and slightly out of breath from the 8,500 altitude, we opted to go again to the lodge to seize dinner and verify in on our Pygmy Nuthatch neighbors.

We noticed this fascinating signal as we have been leaving.


Subsequent Cease: Cottonwood Canyon.



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