Hidden in plain sight (for millions of years)

I am Picacho Peak.  Although seven other ‘picacho’ were mentioned in this area, the Anza Expedition first recorded me as a prominent landmark in 1774. Picacho is Spanish for ‘big peak’ so picacho can describe any mountain.  My recorded history positioned me at 22 million years old, four times older than the Grand Canyon located …

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 What is this critter?

The closest I could come to identifying it was: Carolina Locust (https://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Carolina-Locust)   Saturday morning at 7:20 on October 20, 2018, I went to check my mail. As I walked along, I saw this critter sitting on the cement. It didn’t move as I approached. Curious, I stopped and got closer, fully expecting it to …

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