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By all accounts…..

Yeah, by all accounts 2017 was a wretched year.  2018 seems no better.  I have been at turns sad, angry, disappointed, bitter, troubled, enraged and a slew of other descriptors I won’t trouble you with.  Trump and his band of destroyers will do that to a person.

Common Merganser [Mergus merganser]

On a high mountain lake in Colorado we happened on this group of juvenile Common Mergansers, common in name only.

Redhead Duck  [Aythya americana]

Same lake, Redhead duck female and her clutch of little ones.

Rocky Mt. Bighorn Sheep [Ovis canadensis]

Sometimes, just being out there, the unexpected happens. Near that same lake a band of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep was feeding on a hill-side. Ewe and lamb of the year.

Rocky Mt. Bighorn Sheep [Ovis canadensis]

Sheep have a sense of curiosity, sometimes it backfires…..this ewe did extricate herself from this embarrassing situation.

I find solace in the natural world, always have but I find an even greater need for the wonder and joy in the views and lives of a world untroubled by the madness we are otherwise surrounded by.  Sadly, we have to ask, how long will we have even this?  With the ongoing attacks on public land here in the US to the assaults on the Endangered Species Act and all wildlife which can have world-wide affects, we all need to find that space in peace or beauty that can heal.

Sandhill Crane [Grus canadensis]

Dance like no one is watching.

Sandhill Crane [Grus canadensis]

Keep dancing,

Sandhill Crane [Grus canadensis]

and keep dancing.

Sandhill Crane [Grus canadensis]

A tender moment, Sandhill Cranes

Nuttall's Cottontail Rabbit [Sylvilagus nuttallii]

Bunnies talkin’ it over.

Mountain Goat [Oreamnos americanus]

Mountain Goat kid munching on Cinquefoil. Mt. Evans is the go to for Mtn. Goats in Colorado, this isn’t Mt. Evans. A little research might get you away from the crowd. No, I’m not giving the location, but it is in Colorado.

Mountain Goat [Oreamnos americanus]

Mtn. Goats shed….a lot.

Ducks flying into sunrise

Sunrise geese

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

Contentious American Avocets

Beauty is still out there, we just have to find it.  And protect it.



Snakes Alive!

Western Prairie Rattlesnake [Crotalus viridis]

Western Prairie Rattlesnake

The snake was in the sun, loosely coiled, relaxed.  Not all that obvious, blending with the pinyon needles, twigs and grass.  It was in a small flat surrounded by rock, granite rock, weathered into smooth shapes but still rough, mica and quartz glinting in the sun.  There was a second snake, smaller, also relaxed, in the shade a foot or two from the first.  I would never have seen it had Mark, our neighbor and the one that told us about these two reptiles, not pointed it out for me. (more…)

Here We Go Again

Hayden Pass wildfire

Hayden Pass fire

The Hayden Pass wildfire went from a lightning strike, quietly smoldering to over 5,000 acres in one day to over 12,000 acres that night.  Many people evacuated from the small community of Coaldale, directly below the fire.  Huge amount of beetle killed pines (winter is no longer cold enough to kill off most of the beetle larvae, thank you, climate change) are the fuel, high, hot winds blast it across the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  Far enough away (could be 5 or 6 miles as the raven flies) to be of no concern for our safety, near enough to set our nerves on edge, wildfire is our new reality. (more…)