Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus), in the Painted Desert at dawn. Petrified Forest National Park, Navajo County, Arizona.
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Bonus etymology: The species name hemionus is a direct transliteration of the Greek ἡμίονος, meaning half (hemi) and ass (onus) - the half-ass deer!
Neon: Red Feather Lodge, Tusayan, Arizona.
A vintage mid-century relic of cultural mis-appropriation, for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Odds and Ends
Item: The post on Clark’s nutcracker should have noted that the bird gets its common name from explorer William Clark.
Item: Fellow explorer Meriwether Lewis is honored in the scientific appellation for bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva), the state flower of Montana.
Item: Sacagawea looks suspiciously European on this 1954 stamp.
Item: I miss old-style perforated stamps, and the sweet sticky mucilage you would lick to affix them. Alas, progress.