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  • October Weather Report

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    Tuesday October 7th, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Square_140_9780826332035 "That October, the weather couldn't decide what to do with itself. Some days it arrived gray and bleak and pensive. Ponderous leaden clouds leaned overhead, their bellies slumped against the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains; polar blasts of wind and stiff black leaves blindly scrambling down the streets. . . . . Other days, the weather arrived sleek and sassy. The air was warm and it had a glitter to it, and a fizz. Only one of two clouds trailed across the taut blue sky, each...
  • "Someone" Was Living in that Hole

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Monday October 6th, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Square_140_lower_mason_gulch-smNine years after the big fire.Monday we hiked one of our favorite old trails, severely burned over in 2005. That fire was followed by a flash flood the same summer, wiping out parts of the trail, and then came an influx of invasive weeds. The weeds are not so bad now there is more grass but you still have to pick your way over trunks of dead trees that have toppled in the intervening years. More linkage M. is enough of an animist that of course she would say, "Someone is living in that...
  • In the Southeastern San Luis Valley

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Thursday October 2nd, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Square_140_slb_ The evocatively named Flat Top mesa in eastern Conejos County, just north of the New Mexico state line. Taken from a spot looking west, near San Luis-the-town.
  • No, You Won't Be Charged to Take Photos of Your Wilderness Hike

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Wednesday October 1st, 2014 at 09:31 AM

    Lots of hysteria recently around an admittedly poorly present U. S. Forest Service announcement on fees for commercial photographers in wilderness areas. Typical was this from the Outdoor Wire's Jim Shepherd: It may sound far-fetched, but a program like this could mean a wilderness visitor who snapped a photo using a smartphone and later posted it on a personal blog could be considered a "media outlet" and face a $1000 fine. It not only may sound far-fetched, it is far-fetched. As this...
  • Colorado Has More Bears, NJ Bear Goes Rogue

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Sunday September 28th, 2014 at 01:50 PM

    Square_140_may22bear"Colorado bear population much bigger than expected, new study finds." The headline Colorado black bear and there are maybe 20,000 more?actually describes a study in Summit County, but it is not the only one. Researchers found that in every study across the state, in habitats that ranged from good to poor quality for bears, the bear population was double the numbers wildlife managers had been using before. Meanwhile, an incident in New Jersey reminds you of the old joke that you don't have...
  • Thoughts Post-Pioneers Day Parade

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Saturday September 20th, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Square_140_band_kidsThe band kids practice their "hurry up and wait."The Pioneer Days king and queen, in a buggy drawn by a matched pair of white horses, clatter up alongside the fire engine. Were supposed to follow you, says the queen, who has the reins. Youre not going to be siren-ing, are you? No siren, I say, Just lights. She is relieved. The horses have been nervously watching the high school marching band, practicing nearby. Ford 550 brush trucks dont bother them they know trucks but forty kids in shakos...
  • A Quick Journey to Fungal Paradise

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Wednesday September 17th, 2014 at 01:17 PM

    Square_140_kenai_lake-smThe Anchorage-Seward train running past Kenai LakeSemi-free range mycophiles Just back from Anchorage, a trip that was part work and part pleasure. Alaska is outside the remit of this blog, but I wanted to record a few images none the less. The train photo is from the Coastal Classic train, almost purely a tourist train, where the engineer slows way down when the onboard guide announces a moose or bear sighting. The water is Kenai Lake. My hosts are extraordinary urban foragers, and their...
  • Forest Divination

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Sunday September 14th, 2014 at 08:53 PM

    Square_140_bear_alert_Kincaid Park, AnchorageThe Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department is so good that they know what the bears will be doing next year.
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