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195905 Desert Magazine 1959 May

195905 Desert Magazine 1959 May

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Costa's Hummingbirds
Robert Leatherman's camera provides ascene seldom witnessed by the naked eye:the frozen action of a hummingbird. The photograph, first-prize winner in this month's contest, istwo-and-a-half times life size. It was taken on a May afternoon in a desert wash east of the photogra-pher's San Bernardino, California, home. This mother Costa's is greenish above; the under-body iswhite. It is nearly impossible to distinguish between this bird and the female black-chinned hum-mingbird in the field.
PHOTO CONTEST: you are invited to enter desert-subject photographs (black and white, 5x7 or larger) in Desert's contest. Oneentry will be selected each month, and a $10 cash prire awarded to the photographer. All other entries will be returned—provided postage is enclosed. Time and place of photograph are immaterial—except that the photo must be of a Desert South-west subject. For non-winning pictures accepted for publication, $3 each will be paid. Address all entries to: Photo Contest,Desert Magazine, Palm Desert, California.
 
...magazine
of
the
Outdoor Southwest
Volume 22MAY. 1959Number 5COVER:
Navctjo Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park,Utah, by PARKER HAMILTON
ENGINEERING:
Ford's Desert Proving GroundsBy EUGENE L. CONROTTO 4
CONSERVATION:
Smokey Bear's Early DaysBy STEVE LOWELL 7
GHOST TOWN:
Cortez, Nevada—Population 1By NELL MURBARGER 9
NATURE:
The Desert Bean TreeBy EDMUND C. JAEGER 14
PERSONALITY:
First Lady of Santa ClaraBy MARY BRANHAM 17
EXPERIENCE:
Memories of Broad HorizonsBy SUSAN WILSHIRE JORDAN 19
SCIENCE:
Green Conquest—How Plants Eat RocksBy JERRY LAUDERMILK 20
HISTORY:
Two Stage Stops on the ButterfieldOverland Mail, by J. WILSON McKENNEY . 22
LOST MINE:
Alec Ramy's Lost BonanzaBy KEN WORTLEY 24
BONANZA:
Old Shultz' Gold MineBy CLARE BOWMAN 26
FIELD TRIP:
Carnelian and Roses at Ash HillBy HAROLD O. WEIGHT 36
BACK COVER:
Mariposa LilyBy JOSEF MUENCHPhoto-of-the-M:onth: 2 Desert Quiz: 6Desert Primer: 8 Calendar: 12 Southwest Recipes: 18Reader Response: 27 Southwest News Briefs: 28Hard Rock Shorty: 32 Writers Close-Ups: 33Mining News: 34 Book Reviews: 35Gem-Mineral Field Reports: 40Amateur Gem Cutter: 41 Editorial: 42Poem-of-the-Month: 43
ABOUT
THE
COVER
. . .
.
. .
Parker Hamilton
of
Flagstaff proves again that
the
warmbeautiful colors
of
Bryce Canyon National Park
in
Utah makethat area
one of the
most rewarding
on
earth
for the
color
pho-
tographer.
A
portion
of the
Navajo Trail
at
Bryce
is
shown
in
the cover photo.
The
park
is
open
all
year. Evenings there
are
cool—often chilly—the days
are
warm. Hamilton
is a
beginningfree-lance photographer
and it may be
that more
of his
fine worksoon will
be
seen
in
this publication.
Publisher's Notes
It
is not
easy
to get
lost when
you
have
a map to
follow.But last month
two of our
maps
got
lost—somewhere
in
Mexico—trying
to
find
our
cartographer, Norton Allen.Our editorial office prepared
all the
necessary data
for
Norton Allen
to use in
drawing
a map for
Harold Weight'sfield trip story
and for Ken
Wortley's lost mine piece.
We
mailed
the
information
to
Norton,
who was
vacationingin Mexico. Then
we
waited.Finally, deadline time,
and no
maps from
the
Mapman.At
the
next
to
last moment
we
traced Norton
to
Tepic,
in
western Mexico.
He
told
us by
long distance phone thatour lost treasure
was
still lost,
as far as he was
concerned.So artist Margo Gerke, former
Desert
staff member,
did
a hurry-up
job for us,
pinch-hitting
for
Norton Allen.Allen, incidentally, will
be
back
in the
United States
(and
back
in
Desert)
next month.And
his
substitute, Miss Gerke, will
be
leaving
Desert's
sphere
to
enter
the
State
of
Matrimony.It
may be
officially noted,
now
that
the
month
of May
is here, that this
was a
"mighty pore" spring
for
wildflowerson
the
desert. About
the
only blooms most
of you
will
see
are
the
lovely Mariposa lilies
on our
back cover, courtesyof Josef Muench's camera.*
* *
Fire hazard season
in cur
brushlands
and
mountains
is
here,
so we
think
it
especially timely
to
report
on the
famousfire-prevention bear, Smokey,
and to
recall
his
beginnings,in
the
article, "Smokey Bear's Early Days,"
on
page
7.
*
* *
One
of the top
Nature photographers
of the
Southwest,Bob Leatherman,
is
this month's photo contest winner.Leatherman
has won top
Desert
honors several times duringthe past decade.
And if he can
continue
to
turn
in
picturesas delightful
as his
family scene
at the
edge
of a
humming-bird's home (opposite page), then
we can
promise
him
further laurels
in
future years.CHARLES
E.
SHELTON
Publisher
The Desert Magazine, founded
in 1937 by
Randall Henderson,
is
published monthly
by
Desert Magazine,
Inc.,
Palm Desert, California,Re-entered
as
second class matter July
17, 1948, at the
postoffice
at
Palm Desert, California, under
the Act of
March
3, 1879.
Title regis-tered
No.
358865
in U. S.
Patent Office,
and
contents copyrighted
1959
by Desert Magazine,
Inc.
Permission
to
reproduce contents must
be
secured from
the
editor
in
writing.CHARLES
E.
SHELTON, PublisherEUGENE
L.
CONROTTO, EditorRANDALL HENDERSON, Advisory EditorEVONNE RIDDELL, Circulation ManagerAddress
all
editorial
and
circulation correspondence
to
Desert
Mag-
azine, Palm Desert, California.Address
all
advertising correspondence
to
Clyde
A.
Osburn, Directorof Advertising, Suite
315,
7046 Hollywood Blvd.,
Los
Angeles
28,
Calif.
Unsolicited manuscripts
and
photographs submitted cannot
be re-
turned
or
acknowledged unless full return postage
is
enclosed. DesertMagazine assumes
no
responsibility
for
damage
or
loss
of
manuscriptsor photographs although
due
care will
be
exercised. Subscribers should:end notice
of
change
of
address
by the
first
of the
month precedingssue.
SUBSCRIBE
TO
DtAViL
...
or let us
send
it to a
friend
(a magazine subscription
is a
thoughtful gift)
One
Year-$4
• Two
Years-$7
Three Years-$ 10.50(Canadian subscriptions
25c
extra, foreign
50c
extra
per
year)SEND DESERT MAGAZINE
TO:
(pfease print)(mailing address)(city, state)If this
is a
gift, sign giftcard:Mail this information
and
your remittance
to:
Desert Magazine,Palm Desert, California.
MAY, 1959

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