Tag Archives: Colorado

Painted Ladies Part Two

After seeing thousands of painted lady butterflies a couple of weeks ago, I thought they were done for the season.Painted Ladies migrate across North America! Wrong! There are still so many migrating through the Denver area, that, when they fly … Continue reading

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Pika Patrol, Part Two

My husband, my son, his girlfriend and I went up to my Pika Patrol (Pika Patrol, Part One) site over the weekend. After thrashing about a bit learning how to use the GPS, we found the appointed talus slope. Located … Continue reading

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Colorado River Canoe

One of the things that I love about Colorado is that you can drive a few hours in any direction, and be in an entirely different environment. Normally, I spend a lot of time in the high country. But last … Continue reading

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Alpine Flowers

A couple of years ago, when I was giving presentations for my book, a member of the audience asked me where she could find wildflowers in the alpine tundra. I was a little nonplussed, because you can find wildflowers in … Continue reading

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Pika Patrol, Part One

What do you do when you are forced out of your home? How do you find another place to live, when the sites you need are already full? American Pika, small rodent-like rabbit relatives who live in the alpine tundra … Continue reading

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Hearts in Nature

Many people collect images of hearts in nature. I found this prairie coneflower as I was looking for prairie falcons this morning. (Focus on What’s at Hand)   This is what prairie coneflower normally looks like. Prairie coneflower is in … Continue reading

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Puppy Play

We got a new puppy in November, and it has been a pleasure to watch her as she grows. We named her Tegan, which is a Welsh term of endearment that means “number one girl”, “sweetie”, “honeybunch”. She is a … Continue reading

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Night-glowing Clouds

I saw these clouds outside my back door last night, just as the sun was setting.   I think they are noctilucent clouds — nocti means nigh and lucent means glowing or shining. Noctilucent clouds form when there is a … Continue reading

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Sharp-shinned hawk misses flicker for lunch

The gregarious band of little bushtits took off in a burst of feathers and cheeping alarm calls. I looked up just in time to see a Northern flicker shoot out of the top of a tree, with a sharp-shinned hawk … Continue reading

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Rocky Weekend

My husband and I spent last weekend in Rocky Mountain National Park. We took a hike up North Moraine, along the Ypsilon Lake Trail. About a mile up, I stopped to photograph this good looking male hairy woodpecker. I was … Continue reading

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