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  • See, I Told You Bears Don't Like Scout Cams

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Wednesday November 19th, 2014 at 05:45 PM

    Another from Gear Junkie: spooky scout/trail camera photos (some clearly PhotoShopped), but have a look at the video midway down.
  • Float like a Bighorn . . .

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Tuesday November 18th, 2014 at 07:20 PM

    Square_140_float_like_a_ram-sm . . . . sting like a . . . I'm working on that. Meanwhile, marvel at how a bighorn sheep can just float up a steep rocky slope that I would have to negotiate one slow step at a time.
  • OK, So They Look like Lumberjacks (sic), But Do They Know Stilhl from Husqvarna?

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Wednesday November 12th, 2014 at 05:20 PM

    A funny satirical piece from Gear Junkie on "The Rise of the Lumbersexual." He looks like a man of the woods, but works at The Nerdery, programming for a healthy salary and benefits. His backpack carries a MacBook Air, but looks like it should carry a lumberjacks axe. Actually, I was feeling a little bit lumber-metrosexual-something this week because I laundered my sawyer's chaps. The oil-filler cap fell out last week and bar oil went all over my left leg. You expect oil on your chaps, but...
  • Getting into the Color Green

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Sunday November 9th, 2014 at 09:50 PM

    A review of Green: The History of a Color notes of the color, Its ascendance is a remarkable transformation in color ideology, one that is particularly astonishing given the relative marginality of the color within political and aesthetic movements during the bulk of the 20th century and before. As [Michel Pastoureau] remarks, green occurred only rarely in the color schemes favored by the mass producers of consumer goods, and, at least in theory, the artists of the heroic era of early...
  • What Can You Call a "Trophy"?

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Monday November 3rd, 2014 at 08:00 AM

    Among the countless thoughts running through my head at 5 a.m. today (mostly not stuff I would share) was a bit of self-castigation for using the word "trophy" in the previous post about blurry photos at the waterhole. What did I really do? For years, off and on, I have been hanging cameras on that by the tiny, seasonal spring. Ringtails, meanwhile, have been on my list of critters that I know are supposed to be here, but I never see. Or that might be herethere was the whole issue about...
  • Two Ringtails and a Weasel Went to a Waterhole

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Sunday November 2nd, 2014 at 04:15 PM

    Square_140_pos_ringtail_2Last spring I wrote about my first scout camera photo of a ringtail, which was something of a trophy,i n that they are secretive and nocturnal. On Wednesday last I picked up the camera at Camera Trap Spring, closing the site for the winter, and found that two ringtails had visited that spot as well in early October. Unfortunately, they were right at the edge of definition for the infrared flash the batteries may have been weakening too but I was still delighted to see them. It is a weasel,...
  • Today's Weather . . .

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Monday October 27th, 2014 at 04:07 PM

    Square_140_autumn_leaves_nymph . . . as interpreted by a fin de siècle artist. We have entered the decadence of autumn as the golden leaves turn brown.
  • Opponents of Colorado GMO-Labeling Offer Nothing But Scare Tactics

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Friday October 24th, 2014 at 03:56 PM

    Colorado's Proposition 105, on the current ballot, would require labeling of certain foods containing "genetically modified organisms" (GMOs). Vermont started requiring such labeling earlier this year. The "no," anti-labeling forces have spent $11.2 million, filling my mailbox with billboard-size brochures. The "yes" group, "Right to Know Colorado" has spent less than $500,000. The "no" people would like to say two things, but there is a slight contradiction. 1. Genetically modified foods are...
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