The colorful buildings of Nyhavn from a recent trip.
At a rest stop in California, nothing around but the interstate, Joshua trees, and empty space, these ravens hung out near the trash cans looking for easy meals.
Not at all afraid of people. There’s no zoom used on this photo, I just walked right up.
For Beth’s birthday we invited a few to the Zoo Chateau in Denver, CO for a writing retreat.
It snowed almost the whole time.
But we got to visit with (and bottle-feed!) two kangaroos that lived there.
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 around 5800 feet. The highlight was the end of the trail, standing surrounded on three sides by towering rock walls.
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 it. All of our dogs are at least some part basset, so even a moderate snow storm like this one has the snow up to their chests.
Fox-like, Sadie likes to shove her face in the snow to check out what’s going on beneath. But she really likes running through it.
Here’s Lucy and Sadie playing:
PS: Penny, the very serious and dignified basset, wanted no part of the snow or the playing.
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 top it
so I wouldn’t have to look at it so the cats wouldn’t go after it.
Later in the day Beth helped transfer it outside, where we let it go free.
Every year in April, hummingbirds arrive in Castle Valley. At first it’s only one species, the black-chinned hummingbird.
Around late July, another species arrives: the Rufous hummingbird. Quick research suggest why: the black-chinned hummingbird travels from northern US/southern Canada to winter in Mexico, while the Rufous hummingbird starts its journey much further north, around Alaska. As it makes its way to Mexico it stops for a bit in Castle Valley.
Yesterday following a rain storm, I went outside to try and snap a few pictures of the Rufous hummingbird–as I have taken several of the black-chinned.
My iPhone camera did all right, but many of the shots (of the unmoving, perched bird) were blurry. Some day I’ll get a better a camera.
Here’s the best shot, full-sized image: