Southern Rockies Nature Blog
Thursday January 29th, 2015 at 10:39 AMBased on Timothy Egan's excellent book The Big Burn, an upcoming episode of PBS' The American Experience, "The Fire That Changed Everything" is devoted to the largest forest fire in the history of the United States, which rampaged through northern Idaho and western Montana in 1910. In the summer of 1910, hundreds of wildfires raged across the Northern Rockies. By the time it was all over, more than three million acres had burned and at least 78 firefighters were dead. It was the largest fire... Saturday January 24th, 2015 at 10:55 AMThe attribution for this photo was stripped off in the process that brought it to me, but I understand that it was taken in Beulah, Colorado (western Pueblo Country), located in the foothills of the Wet Mountains, which have a healthy population of black bears. Bears will walk along a shallow stream flipping over rocks to see if anything edible is underneath these two probably found nothing in the artificial pond and stream, but being bears, they had fun anyway. Saturday January 17th, 2015 at 05:45 PMJeannette's boats are separated in a gale. Illustration from "In the Lena Delta"In July 1879, the USS Jeannette, a former Royal Navy gunboat with both sails and a steam engine, left San Francisco Bay for the Bering Strait and the Arctic Ocean beyond. Its purchase and outfitting expenses were chiefly covered by newspaper tycoon James Gordon Bennett, Jr., sort of the Ted Turner of his day, with the ship being commissioned by the US Navy and given a Navy crewplus two native Alaskan dog handlers... Friday January 16th, 2015 at 08:55 PM"Guntry clubs" apparently this is a "thing" now, as people say on the Internet. "Savvy investors" are interested. The average age of new target shooters is 33, while 47percent live in urban or suburban areas, and 37percent are female, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearms industry. Me, I will stick with the Blood of Christ Shooting Sports Club. Tuesday January 13th, 2015 at 11:30 PM1. You see a neighbor at a cafe during lunch in Nearby Town, 15 miles away. Eight hours later, you meet her at the site of a one-pickup truck rollover accident on a snowy highway near home. She was wearing her EMT gear at lunchmust have been her shift on Nearby Town's ambulance. 2. Responding to the call in your POV (personally owned vehicle), yours are the only tire tracks on the snowy county road. In the headlights' beams, the track of a fox weaves back and forth across the road. Red... Tuesday January 13th, 2015 at 03:04 PMFour days of freezing fog in the last week. The spousal unit is complaining loudly that it's too icy for her daily walks. Sometimes, even gravel and bare dirt are slick. This is completely un-Southern Colorado, and we do not like it.
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