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  • Git Yer Baxter On

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    It's National Cowboy Poetry Week. Related: a review of Poems That Make Grown Men Cry. As a predominately British collection, it probably omits Robinson Jeffers' "The House Dog's Grave."
  • Getting More Water — by Magic?

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    Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 at 07:35 AM

    Square_140_transmountaindiversionscoloradostateengineer2011Arrow #14 should be pointing into (2) Arkansas River, I think, as it is part of Colorado Springs' system. Maybe that part of the map was just too crowded. (Colorado State Engineer, via Coyote Gulch blog.) I found this graphic at Coyote Gulch as part of a post about further planning by Front Range cities to get more water out of the Colorado the already over-allocated Colorado River. The graphic is helpful in explaining that much of the water used from Colorado Springs north to the Wyoming...
  • Fire Fungus after the Black Forest Fire

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    Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 at 07:00 AM

    Square_140_orangethumbnail Wandering through the burnt woods around their school, students at the School in the Woods in Black Forest, northeast of Colorado Springs, discover a "fire fungus" never before seen in Colorado. Experts identified it as the rare Neottiella hetieri, a fire fungus that has been found only twice before in the entire country and never in our state. Video at the link from KKTV, Colorado Springs.
  • 7 Uses for a Tampon beyond the Customary

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Monday April 21st, 2014 at 06:00 AM

    Number seven will surprise you why the fascination with blowguns among outdoor survival types?
  • 100 Years Ago Today: The Ludlow Massacre and its Aftermath.

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Sunday April 20th, 2014 at 06:00 AM

    Square_140_101490614_135423767360Funeral procession of miners' leader, Louis Tikas, in Trinidad, April 27, 1914 (Denver Public Library) Today is the hundredth anniversary of the actual Ludlow Massacre, but the ambushes, gunfights, dynamitings, etc. started beforehand and continued for about ten days afterwards. From the accounts that I have read, the spokesman for the striking miners at Ludlow, Louis Tikas, was himself killed by Colorado National Guardsmen, no doubt "while trying to escape." He was born Ilias Anastasios...
  • The "Children of Ludlow"

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    Saturday April 19th, 2014 at 06:00 AM

    One of my colleagues from the university recently referred to the students as "children of Ludlow, " claiming by analogy that they were being "massacred" by CSU system budget cuts. It might not be the best analogy, though, if the reader has to look up the source that is unfamiliar. And I bet that 95 percent of Coloradans overall could not tell you what happened on April 20th, one hundred years ago. The term "children of Ludlow" has a difference resonance for me. For several years, a colleague...
  • Taking the Hitchhikers to Ludlow

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    Friday April 18th, 2014 at 08:34 AM

    Ludlow Massacre monument (Wikipedia)It was a summer day in the mid-1970s and I was driving my ten-year-old Ford pickup down Interstate 25, heading back from Denver to my summer construction job in Taos. (I had gotten a couple of days off; there was a lady involved.) In my denim clothes and straw hat, I was feeling all southern-Colorado-native-ish, being about 20 years old and preoccupied with questions of authenticity and roots, even though or because for eight months a year I was also a...
  • The Hummingbird's Gamble

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    Thursday April 17th, 2014 at 06:00 AM

    On April 11th I mentioned on Facebook that the first broad-tailed hummingbird had arrived, and a friend a few miles north in similar habitat said that she had seen one too. The bird flew up to the end of the veranda where the feeder hangs during the summer, circled, and left. I had some sugar water ready, got a feeder from the basement, filled it, and hung it up. He did not come back that day. It's a tradition that at least one snowstorm follows the males' arrival. I always tell M. that...