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LookingEastBearRiver | by Steven Ford / snowbasinbumps
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View clouds large! I offer you this one at 3000pixels, it was just too nice to trim! Last night the evening light on the Bear River was so exquisite, it brought to mind the paintings of Maynard Dixon. These western painters (Georia O'Keeffe, Maxfield Parish, just recorded what they saw. In this view the great salt desert from the west ends in the wasatch front to the east. I was born here and spent my life away. It is good to be back. This also reminded me of a great read by Ron Carlson called "Five Skies", to live in the west and southwest and not be moved deeply by the sky and clouds, is to be both stupid and numb. No wonder that the aboriginal peoples of the west all worshiped the sky. (I threw in the trucks for all the "Road less wandered people" esp my good friend Igor Alecsander, The first inhabitants of the Bear river began appearing 12,000 to 15,000 years ago as the last Ice Age ebbed and the western climate warmed. Those Desert Archaic or Western Archaic cultures, largely nomatic tribes that exploited seasonal environments around the Great Sal Lake and the Great Basin, lived in wickiups or interlaced brush and sticks in the summer and larger underground pits with roofs of logs and organic material in winter, often with multiple families. They evolved into the "fremont" cultures. (Criag Denton-Bear River)


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Uploaded on November 21, 2007