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  • Lone-Lizard sees Natural-History

    Lone-Lizard sees two iron troughs placed end-to-end tolerate a fence straddling and separating the two.The troughs are aircraft engine shipping containers manufactured on contract for the US Navy and US Air Force and surplussed from the 1950s-1960s. A metal plaque identifies one half-ton container as designed for J57 turboprop, an innovative 5000-pound Pratt & Whitney engine which the military turned to for its war planes in the early 1950s.

    Lone-Lizard sees California bighorn sheep reintroduced to Oregon from British Columbia in the early 1950s after eradication by the early 20th century of the native herds in Oregon - some few dozen bighorns live on rims and slopes rising to the east.

    Lone-Lizard sees beef cattle, a subspecies of cattle introduced from Europe, appearing seasonally in this BLM grazing allotment on public lands in the southern Warner Valley.

    Lone-Lizard sees the grazed seeding of Crested Wheatgrass, a livestock forage introduced from Russia and Siberia. Nearby, a fenced long-term-trend photo plot seeded in the early 1960s in the grazing allotment.
    Satellite photo below courtesy Google Earth; troughs on right.

    Lone-Lizard sees Natural-History is not natural; is not history.  Natural-History sees Lone-Lizard is not a lizard.

  • Petroglyph Lake attracts lightning and visitors

    Petroglyph Lake, at the northerly periphery of Lake County’s high dry lakes region, is a popular and instructive place located near the northwest corner of the Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge.  A marked, two-mile easy road and a half-mile hike leads to the distinctive basalt rim on the western edge of a year-round desert lake.  The site holds what appears to be at least three distinct traditions of petroglyphs: recent “loose” figurative spirit motifs; archaic abstract, often deeply carved and patinaed; and a carefully articulated anthropomorph-lizard style. 

    In addition to Weides’ and Lorings’ descriptive documentation (site 146), Jon Daehnke and Anan Raymond of the US Fish and Wildlife Service published a thorough report in 2008 based on a detailed recording in the late 1990s of 65 panels with more than 360 design elements.  They also mapped rock structures such as cairns and rings. (The Archaeology of Petroglyph Lake: Landscapes, Publics Past and Public Present. )

    Arlene Benson and Floyd Buckskin conducted an unusual study in the late 1980s assessing possible relationships of petroglyphs to lightning strikes.  Their study was thorough but inconclusive.  However, they provide interesting ethnographic details, for example about lizard power (Achumawi, or Pit River) and the power of thunder and lightning recognized as spirits to many native peoples.  ("Magnetic Anomalies at Petroglyph Lake." Rock Art Papers 8 (1991): 53-64.)