Don’t see the mountains on the horizon yet? … Look closer …
“Shark Teeth Found in City of David Baffle Archaeologists“
“[S]omebody in ancient Jerusalem, shortly after the legendary reign of King Solomon, collected mineralized shark dentition from the time of the dinosaurs” … and then threw them in the trash.
See also: The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service
So, it turns out that Arizona has its own version of Sasquatch. The Mogollon Monster got my attention because the Mogollon are a tribe that plays a major role in the plot of People of the Silence, helping to bring down the civilization centered in Chaco Canyon. MM, however, does not feature in that book.
Here is some Silvery Lupine (Lupinus argenteus) I photographed while hiking atop Wetherill Mesa in Mesa Verde, Colorado. It is probably so named “because of the silvery sheen to the leaves in a certain light.”
I noticed that it bears bean pods:
Good thing I didn’t try to eat these, because according to FalconGuides’ Central Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, “Lupines have poisonous alkaloids concentrated in their seeds.” (page 32)
It rained on us … but not much … after all, this is the Southwest!