Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Flower for the Day Prickly Poppy 8-26-14

We have been watching this colony of Prickly Poppies (Argemone albiflora) for several years.They are along the Bear Lake Road where it is difficult to stop and try to identify them
as well as photograph them. The flower has 3 long sepals and 6 petals with multiple yellow stamens. The stem and leaves have sharp prickles. The flower head is messy and the sepals and petals are often askew. It looks better from a distance than up close.
M son Chris took the photos after dark and the second one was taken with flashlight lighting just for fun. This is the end of our three year prickly poppy saga. Thanks to Jackie Oldham for help in identification. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Trip to The Loch 8-23-14

  I got up early and was at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead by 7:09. There were two runners who took off up the trail ahead of me. It was a day that the clouds stayed very low so it was like hiking through a fine mist all the way up. Before the trail junction to Mill Lake (left) and The Loch (right) there was a rainbow (at 8:00 in the morning). The pot of gold was at Mills Lake but I was headed to The Loch. Oh well. The Loch was beautiful as usual but the clouds never lifted so I could not see The Cathedral Spires. As I reached the Mills Lake /Loch junction coming down the runners jogged by
mecoming down from  Sky Pond and headed back up to Mills Lake and Black Lake. I bet they missed the rainbow.

The Trail
The Rainbow
The Loch

Friday, August 22, 2014

FFTD Bonus Selfie with bear paw print

After a recent hike we noticed why it is not a good idea to leave food in your car in bear country. There is a good sized black bear paw print on the window - larger than my head.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FFTD Bonus Brown Creeper 8-21-14

On a recent hike a bird watcher with
binoculars pointed out a "brown
creeper" which turned out to be a
sparrow like bird that can only walk
up a tree because of the anatomic
form of its feet. If it tries to walk down
it falls because its feet can not
hold it up. It often passes nuthatches
that are walking down the tree as it
walks up using its tail for balance.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FFTD Bonus: The Goat Treatment 8-18-14

Just when you think you have seen it all, come to Estes Park and learn more. Some friends on Devils Gulch Road have hired 260 goats to handle their overgrown fields - no mowing for them. These Wyoming goats are placed in a the field which has been surrounded by a portable electric fence and they get down to business eating noxious weeds (even thistles)while at the same time aerating and reseeding the enclosed area. Of course the material eaten becomes natural fertilizer. It is a real phenomenon to observe as well as listen as the goats create a marvelous cacophony of bleating, chewing, tinkling, and passing all manner of gas and solid material. When they have finished with one field they go on to the next enclosed area. The goats seem to be tame as my son scratched the head of a goat with huge horns.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Flower for the Day Wild Blue Flax 8-18-14

This beautiful stand of Wild Blue Flax
is for my bride of 53 years today. Jan
you are the BEST.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Artists at work and play 8-16-14

Solitude Cabin

Bridge over the Middle St. Vrain Creek

Kickin' Back in the Eno 8-16-14

Here is the view from the Eno Hammock. Jan is nestled in by the North St. Vrain Creek in Wild Basin after enjoying Grandson Will
for a week.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Something beyond understanding

Just remember: If you treat each day 
as if it were your last, someday you
will be right.

FFTD Bonus The trail to The Pool and Fern Lake 8-15-14

Yesterday Ken Oldham and I hiked to The Pool and Fern Lake.  On the trail to The Pool we could see changes brought about by last years flood. I would not have wanted to be on the trail when this massive boulder dropped in. There was a mini alluvial fan around it.
We hiked up to Fern Lake. The trail was steep and tough for me but it was worth the effort. The photo shows Fern Lake and above it are Notchtop  and Little Matterhorn Mountains. In the days of the giants Ken and I climbed them both.

Sunset at the Concert 8-14-14

 Grandson Will and Jan and I went to the Estes Park Village Band Concert last night. We sat in the second row with our St Louis friend Bob Franke. It was great fun.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Flower for the Day Tobacco flower 8-13-14

  These are tobacco flowers (Nicotiana) in the night shade family. They are growing in the front yard of a friend who lives in   Lyons Colorado. They have a pungent odor but not of tobacco to me.

Will learning to unicycle

Will is gradually improving on the 
unicycle at the hockey rink by the 
skate park in Estes Park.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FFTD Erratum

Today's flower was really a California Poppy. I know you all knew that. Whatever its still the brightest orange ever.

FFTD Bonus Sunset and Moonrise from the Top of the World 8-12-14

Last night we drove to the top of the world - to the top of Trail Ridge Road, over 12,000 feet high, to see the sunset. It was the fastest sunset ever - now you see it and now you don't. About a half hour after the sunset the Super Moon came up from the opposite side of the continental divide. We could see the craters of the moon easily.

Blake from Aug 10, 2014

Blake on the last day of his third year at camp.

Flower for the Day Cosmo 8-11-14

These cosmos are in downtown Estes Park Colorado near Jan's favorite shop Indigo. They are the most brilliant orange ever.

Tickling the ivories at Sky High Lodge 8-9-14

Our grandson Adam is playing the piano for the fam. He is really good.

Cheley Camp 8-9-14

We have had a great time with Blake Sessions our grandson as he finishes his third year at Cheley Camp
in Estes Park Colorado. Our son Gordon and his family have been staying with us at Solitude Cabins.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Resting 8-7-14

My boys gave me a Basis Watch for Fathers Day. At the turnaround of yesterdays hike I was feeling fine and thought I would check my pulse on my special watch. It was 135 so I lay down for a rest and cloud watch. The pulse came down to 107 immediately. Interesting.

Friday, August 8, 2014

FFTD Bonus Upper Beaver Meadow 8-7-14

I took the Ute Meadow Trail from the Upper Beaver Meadow Trailhead. It is a gradual
peaceful trail and I stopped at the Junction near which I had this nice view of Upper
Beaver Meadow.

Flower for the Day Iron Weed 8-8-14

Iron weed is my favorite flowering weed. Once it settles in it will return every year.

Hummer Follow up

I could not get the hummer to fly downward even with all the window blinds closed and only the door open.
It was enjoying the view of Longs Peak through the closed windows about 12 feet up. The next day I borrowed an extension
pole with a dust mop attached (which they use to dust the high lights) and after multiple passes our little hummer got the idea to jump on to the duster itself and I thrust it out the door. Whew!

FFTD BonusDream Lake RMNP Aug 4, 2014

Monday I took a late afternoon 'training' walk to this beautiful mountain lake 
to stretch my legs and get a little more use to the altitude.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

FFTD Bonus EVARC Station 8-6-14

After breakfast with my St Louis friend Dave Bowers, he showed me the new Emergency 
Communications Center for the Estes Valley Amateur Radio Club (EVARC). Dave and other club members were quite active during the emergencies caused by last years flood and have been given a  two radio station room at the Estes Park Hospital where they will be working with the police and fire departments for future emergencies.

FFTD Bonus Dream Lake RMNP 8-4-14

Monday I took a late afternoon 'training' walk to this beautiful mountain lake to stretch my legs and become better acclimated to
the altitude.

FFTD Bonus What's wrong with this picture?

 This hummer got inside the cabin. What should we do?

From the I-70 Diner in Flagler Colorado 8-2-14

I doubt I'll be there tomorrow.

FFTD Bonus Chamber Music Concert Estes Park Colorado 8-4-14

This is the view from the balcony of the Historic Stanley Hotel Concert Hall where we enjoyed the Colorado Music Festival Concert under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitoni. We heard the Carmen Suite by Rodion Schedrin(1967) and Leonard Bernstein's  Serenade After Platos Symposium(1954). It was great music in a spectacular setting.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hampton Inn Hayes Kansas 8-1-14

Views of Kansas 8-2-14

This is what we saw in Kansas - healthy rich corn for miles.

Flower for the Day Elfin Thyme Blooms 8-6-14

These small flowers bloom in the ground cover between  the stepping stones in the gnome garden.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Flower for the Day Amazing Oriental Lily 8-5-14

This is the last of the Oriental Lilies.

Downward facing flowers are difficult to photograph.

But this one was worth lying down for.