Wild West at BDGA work-in-progess: Wild West Field Kit with Trifecta Editions and Loyal Supply. Contents classified at this time.

Wild West at BDGA work-in-progess: Wild West Field Kit with Trifecta Editions and Loyal Supply. Contents classified at this time.

Wild West at Bdga: Work-in-progess

Test print detail of Trifecta Editions collaboration for Wild West at Bdga installation.

Wild West at Bdga: Work-in-progess

Test print detail of Trifecta Editions collaboration for Wild West at Bdga installation.

Wild West at Bdga: Work-in-progess

Test print on canvas with Trifecta Editions for Wild West at Bdga exhibition.

Wild West at Bdga: Work-in-progess

Test print on canvas with Trifecta Editions for Wild West at Bdga exhibition.

Field Observations for Wild West at Bdga project.

Roadside advertising for Mountain Ridge Motor and RV Park on Route 89 in Hatch, Utah. American roadside signs have come along way (arguably too far) since colonial era stone mile markers, but there’s still an attraction to some creative mom and pop signage. This particular custom advert may just win first prize.

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Roadside advertising for Mountain Ridge Motor and RV Park on Route 89 in Hatch, Utah. American roadside signs have come along way (arguably too far) since colonial era stone mile markers, but there’s still an attraction to some creative mom and pop signage. This particular custom advert may just win first prize.

(Source: davidbuckleyborden.com)

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Measure of erosion. Exposed gnarled white cedar roots along rim of Bryce Canyon provide measurable evidence of erosion rates: approximately one foot per every 60 years.

Field Observations for Wild West at Bdga project.

Measure of erosion. Exposed gnarled white cedar roots along rim of Bryce Canyon provide measurable evidence of erosion rates: approximately one foot per every 60 years.

Field Observations for Wild West at Bdga project.

Moribund micro-grading: historic shallow graves outside Hurricane, Utah.

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Moribund micro-grading: historic shallow graves outside Hurricane, Utah.

Field Observations for Wild West at Bdga project.

Russian invasion on Interstate 15, Utah!

The tumbleweed, the West’s iconic wind dispersed invasive forb was introduced to North America by Russian Immigrants in 1873 with the planting of contaminated flax seed in South Dakota. “Bobbed Wire” Russian thistle (Salsola tragus) matures, breaks off at the base of its stem and drops seeds as it tumbles across the landscape. It spreads easily down roadside corridors and across disturbed landscapes such as overgrazed cattle range and crop fields.

Beyond their agricultural menace,  tumbleweeds are often “collected” by fences and buildings and pose a serious fire hazard to life, livestock and property. Burning tumbleweeds easily blow across fire fighting lines in high winds to defy firefighting efforts. Incredibly, untold teenagers and rambunctious cowboy alike still get their kicks from playing “Fire ball” with this dry freewheeling fuel. Beyond this “range ritual,” in recent years tumbleweed land art has been added to the cultural landscape of the American West.

Field Observations for Wild West at Bdga project.

Russian invasion on Interstate 15, Utah!

The tumbleweed, the West’s iconic wind dispersed invasive forb was introduced to North America by Russian Immigrants in 1873 with the planting of contaminated flax seed in South Dakota. “Bobbed Wire” Russian thistle (Salsola tragus) matures, breaks off at the base of its stem and drops seeds as it tumbles across the landscape. It spreads easily down roadside corridors and across disturbed landscapes such as overgrazed cattle range and crop fields.

Beyond their agricultural menace, tumbleweeds are often “collected” by fences and buildings and pose a serious fire hazard to life, livestock and property. Burning tumbleweeds easily blow across fire fighting lines in high winds to defy firefighting efforts. Incredibly, untold teenagers and rambunctious cowboy alike still get their kicks from playing “Fire ball” with this dry freewheeling fuel. Beyond this “range ritual,” in recent years tumbleweed land art has been added to the cultural landscape of the American West.

Field Observations for Wild West at Bdga project.

“Castle Grey Skull” sandstone formation in the depths of the Narrows Canyon (left). The Virgin River continues to cut the world’s deepest slot canyon (1500’ +/- deep at the section known as “Wall Street.”) in Zion National Park. The Southwest’s ongoing “megadrought” (going on 14 years) has made it possible for tourist to easily hike the river bed in spring. Historically, spring snow melt and high probability of flash floods make for an arduous and potentially dangerous hike. We completed the 8-mile hike with relative ease in under six hours. Climate change has winners and losers. 

Red dot on bottom of right hand image is person for scale.

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“Castle Grey Skull” sandstone formation in the depths of the Narrows Canyon (left). The Virgin River continues to cut the world’s deepest slot canyon (1500’ +/- deep at the section known as “Wall Street.”) in Zion National Park. The Southwest’s ongoing “megadrought” (going on 14 years) has made it possible for tourist to easily hike the river bed in spring. Historically, spring snow melt and high probability of flash floods make for an arduous and potentially dangerous hike. We completed the 8-mile hike with relative ease in under six hours. Climate change has winners and losers.

Red dot on bottom of right hand image is person for scale.

(Source: davidbuckleyborden.com)

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Broken barbed wire fence along Interstate  15, Nevada.  

Barbed wire fencing “casts no shade; it does not exhaust the soil. It is not stolen  It saves lumber, nails, labor, vexation, time, patience, profanity and the crops.” —  1885 Glidden Barb-Fence Journal

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Broken barbed wire fence along Interstate 15, Nevada.

Barbed wire fencing “casts no shade; it does not exhaust the soil. It is not stolen It saves lumber, nails, labor, vexation, time, patience, profanity and the crops.” — 1885 Glidden Barb-Fence Journal

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US National Park by design: white cedar cribs (approximately 4’x4’x.75’) packed with aggregate fill, laid out in arc with 1’ gaps, to keep white sneakers white within muddy low point on Kolob Canyon Overlook Trail, Kolob Canyon, Utah.

Field Observations for Wild West at Bdga project.

US National Park by design: white cedar cribs (approximately 4’x4’x.75’) packed with aggregate fill, laid out in arc with 1’ gaps, to keep white sneakers white within muddy low point on Kolob Canyon Overlook Trail, Kolob Canyon, Utah.

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New England  gringo in an abandoned roadside “party” cave, along stretch of nameless desert, Southern Utah.

Field Observations for Wild West at Bdga project.

New England gringo in an abandoned roadside “party” cave, along stretch of nameless desert, Southern Utah.

Field Observations for Wild West at Bdga project.

Bryce Canyon amphitheater along Fairyland Trail. Camille in orange breaker at base of fins for scale.

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Bryce Canyon amphitheater along Fairyland Trail. Camille in orange breaker at base of fins for scale.

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Considerate wayfinding in Hidden Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah.

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Considerate wayfinding in Hidden Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah.

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Collaborative design; Pine Creek and Route 89 highway engineers. As seen from Canyon Overlook Trail by upper mouth of Mount Carmel Tunnel, Zion National Park, Utah.

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Collaborative design; Pine Creek and Route 89 highway engineers. As seen from Canyon Overlook Trail by upper mouth of Mount Carmel Tunnel, Zion National Park, Utah.

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Beautiful erosion of limy sediments courtesy of the Tertiary Period (55 to 35 MYA) and its ancient freshwater lake system. These particular hoodoos and fins are located along the Mossy Cave Trail in Water Canyon outside Bryce Valley, Utah.

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Beautiful erosion of limy sediments courtesy of the Tertiary Period (55 to 35 MYA) and its ancient freshwater lake system. These particular hoodoos and fins are located along the Mossy Cave Trail in Water Canyon outside Bryce Valley, Utah.