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Magic Bones

I'd had a rough day. One of those where everything you're facing seems impossible, daunting and endless, and it seems things will be this way forever. I'd lost my way again. I lose it all the time. When I feel helpless to effect change,...Show More Summary

Colorado Spring Breaks

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Contrary to the image in the minds of Americans from other States and, perhaps, the citizens of other countries, Front Range cities are not enveloped in snow and ice for most of the year; indeed, periods of warm, sunny weather generally develop during every month. Show More Summary

Wild Plum

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

By mid April, stands of wild plum are readily observed along the Colorado Front Range. Their clusters of white flowers, appearing before the leaves, adorn the barren limbs; favoring relatively moist soil and full sun exposure, this native shrub (or small tree) grows along streams and in sunny areas of foothill canyons. Show More Summary

Mountain Lion P-22, Paparazzi Victim

A male mountain lion lives in Griffith Park, an oasis of semi-natural habitat within Los Angeles. The big cat, dubbed P-22, has gotten a certain amount of fame; he has even graced the cover of National Geographic. Sometime Monday, P-22...Show More Summary

The Hardy Lilac

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Lilac shrubs, renowned for their beauty and fragrance, are blooming on our Littleton farm, a couple weeks ahead of schedule; two weeks of summer-like weather have triggered the early flowering. Native to the Balkan Peninsula of Eastern...Show More Summary

Subject To the Natural Forces

The theme of this spring, at least for me, is: There are powers much larger than yours. Don't think you have control here. For someone who has great reverence for the many forces of nature, looks to nature for comfort and succor; for everything, really, it's kind of exciting to see her exert her vast power. Show More Summary

Storms and Rock slides

The rain came down. It poured for days. Creeks formed in new places. Rivers rose, the land got soggy. And the rain came down. Rocks came down too, from the steep hill cuts along windy mountain roads. Awed residents took drives to see the flooding, the streams overflowing their banks, the raging brown water in the rivers. Show More Summary

Desert Tortoise

Imagine the effort it takes for a brand new baby tortoise to break out of its shell. With just a baby beak to poke and bite with, and baby claws to scratch with, the shell is broken open and a new tortoise is born.When the deserts of western North America warm up during spring, the desert tortoises Gopherus agassizii, come out of hibernation. Show More Summary

Fire in the mountains

Fire is part of living in the mountains. The day in and out rumble of fire fighting aircraft is something those who live in the hills of California experience now and then. During the summer of 2010 the Kern River Valley had 2 fires and the noise of aircraft was pretty much relentless. Show More Summary

Sierra Nevada scenery

The Sierra Nevada mountains are impressive. They are tall, rising to 14,000 ft above sea level, and that rise begins just a little above sea level on the western side, with lots of foothills and a gradual rise as one moves east. On the...Show More Summary

California Bay Laurel

Needles Lookout Tower, 2010

The Needles Lookout Tower has an awe inspiring location, perched atop a granitic pinnacle in the heart of Sequoia National Forest, California.Getting to the tower takes a bit of driving along windy mountain roads, including a couple miles of rugged dirt road that challenges low clearance vehicles to a game of chicken, at least this season. Show More Summary

Favorite Perch

The rock was a busy one. First one bird, then another used it as a perch. Gulls, blackbirds. The gray gull was first. It sat on the rock overlooking the sea, just another gull enjoying a moment on a rock, most likely hoping for a handout from this human. Show More Summary

Giant Sequoias in the Mist

Giant Sequoia trees in the fog are ethereal, almost there, until you walk next to one and physically feel the tree. If the fog is thick enough, even 20 feet away the trees become ghostly and seem to disappear, fading into the mist.With...Show More Summary

Wind Wolves Nature Preserve

In the southernmost part of the San Joaquin Valley of central California lies a nature preserve that holds remnant grasslands and all sorts of foothill/grassland plants and animals. A visit to this little known preserve during spring,...Show More Summary

When things burn

Okay, I've been bad and have not added anything to this site in a long while. Bad me. I did not burn up, nor did my computer, although other places in my state have burned, and burned hotly. Husband has gone off on a fire or two, just little things compared to the big conflagration in southern California that burned 160,000+ acres. Show More Summary

What to Do?

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : SwampThings

Wow. I don't even know how to use this site anymore. That's sad. I should probably delete it, but I've had some good times here and "met" some fine people. Maybe I'll hold on just a little bit longer...

Copperhead Catchin'--Who You Gonna Call?

We're having some crazy spring weather here. The night of April 9, there was a tornado warning, from a wall cloud with rotation spotted about 20 miles southwest of here. It passed without harm, but it sure got the sireens going, people headed to the bathrooms and basement. Show More Summary

Compost Bin West

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

A year after constructing a compost bin for our Missouri property, I have begun to build a larger one for our Littleton, Colorado, farm. While we have owned the farm since 1990, we have resorted to using an open compost pile in a wild...Show More Summary

A Tradition of Exclusion

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

The 79th Masters Tournament begins today at Augusta National Golf Club, in Georgia. Many Americans will tune in, attracted by the regular ads (airing since January), the drama of the tournament, the manicured landscape, the brilliant...Show More Summary

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