Here at the Meeks Academy for One, we were busy yesterday with an impromptu field trip. The beautiful spring day demanded that we get outside and explore. I decided we should head out to Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge, which holds the largest concentration of endemic life in the United States. It's also one of the most beautiful places I've ever photographed; I'm convinced that the perfect picture is hiding somewhere within these enchanted springs.
Ash Meadows is best known as the home of the tiny, brightly-colored pupfish, a hardy and unusual fish that loves the warm water of the area's springs. The Devil's Hole Pupfish are the most endangered of the pupfish, numbering only 38. Even before the spotted owl infuriated anti-environmental groups, the pupfish was a rallying point for pro-development outrage. Years ago, the entire area surrounding Devil's Hole was slated to be turned into a housing development. (This PDF Document contains pictures of what the Ash Meadows looked like before restoration began, along with photos of the area in general: http://hegel.lewiscenter.org/users/mhuffine/subprojects/Student%20Led%20Research/pupworld/pdf/ashmeadowsover.pdf.) Today, the area has been restored, but the pupfish that helped rescue it remain severely endangered.