Taken 30-Oct-16
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Dimensions4288 x 2848
Original file size7.35 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken30-Oct-16 12:51
Date modified23-Nov-16 17:24
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D300
Focal length50 mm
Focal length (35mm)75 mm
Max lens aperturef/1.7
Exposure1/250 at f/22
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias+1/3 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 640
Metering modeCenter-weighted average
Digital zoom1x
Above LESLIE GULCH, Owyhee Canyonlands

Above LESLIE GULCH, Owyhee Canyonlands

November aspect, Medusahead grass (Taeniatherum caput-medusae), as far as one can see. Medusa is an aggressive invasive which can increase by as much as 12% a year, and decrease grazing forage by 80%. It's taking over from Cheatgrass, and with its high silica content, decomposes slowly, forming a dense understory of ground-choking liter. That's what makes it such an extreme flash-fire hazard in the hotter, drier summers of climate change. The scale of the degradation of the land is breath-taking