alcove nature trail

Today it was windy and warm ahead of the snow storm that arrives tomorrow. Beth and I took advantage of the unseasonable temps and headed toward Fruita, CO, to the Colorado National Monument. It was our first time going, and we only hiked one trail; the Alcove Nature Trail. An easy hike, mostly level, at […]

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snow and sunset

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winter 2017

picture of sadie the dog standing in the snow

It’s been a bad year for precipitation. Since I got back from Thailand, it’s only rained once–maybe twice. The first snow of the season (something I’d usually expect in November) comes at the very end of December. It sure is pretty, though. Sadie has rediscovered snow, after Lucy showed her the joy of bounding through […]

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found bones

The other day, hiking near Round Mountain in Castle Valley (we call it Round Mound), I spotted this spine + ribs just off the path–probably from a deer, probably killed by coyotes. It has to have been there for awhile, picked clean and bleached white.

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pronghorn

I see small groups of these when I drive to Grand Junction once a week. They are fast, and very wary of cars. It’s been hard to get a picture of them, but today I captured a few. Really happy with how this turned out:

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scorpion

Nope

My morning routine is pretty solid: – let dogs out – drink coffee asap – have no interactions with arachnids Found this scorpion in the sink, very startling. I don’t have the mental fortitude to deal with this so early, so I trapped it under a mason jar, and then put the dish tub a […]

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rufous

Yesterday I went outside and took several pictures of the late-arriving Rufous hummingbird. This was just after a rain shower in Castle Valley, UT

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hummingbirds

In the little garden just outside my office, I have a few bird feeders set up. Mostly little sparrows and, more recently, lazuli bunting. I love watching them fly about, chattering and arguing about who is entitled to which perch. Beneath the feeders, even more little birds hop about and eaten the fallen seeds on […]

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Firefighting

A fire-fighting helicopter scoops water from the intracoastal waterway and drops it on a nearby wildfire. Flagler Beach, FL

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Hello World, 2017

The first sunrise of 2017 in Castle Valley comes quietly, draped in clouds and with snow still on the ground from Christmas’s winter storm. Hello, little new year. I hope you will be kind to us…

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