Hide and Seek

Dry? Sere? Desiccated? These impressions might come to mind when viewing this typical winter landscape along Colorado’s Front Range, especially if you happen to live in lush and verdant surroundings year-round. But since I’m used to this paucichromatic scenery, I was mostly enjoying the fact that no wind was blowing on this last day of … Continue reading Hide and Seek

No Aquatic Insect

All I knew was that American Dippers ate aquatic insects. Neither flashy nor flamboyant, unlike the waxwings you met recently, dippers’ charisma derives less from their looks (though they are by no means unattractive), but rather from their behavior and—not to forget—from their mellifluous vocalizations. One of five global species of dippers, the range of … Continue reading No Aquatic Insect

70-plus Reasons to be Happy

  When one studies this map of North America, courtesy of Cornell’s website “All About Birds,” and looks at the rectangle that represents Colorado (the NE quadrant as seen from the Four Corners), one notices that the southcentral and southeastern portions of the state are shaded a light blue, indicating that the bird in question … Continue reading 70-plus Reasons to be Happy

Happy Birthday, AdAmAn Club

In order to publicize Pikes Peak, “America’s Mountain,” some imaginative Colorado Springs promoters conceived the idea to set off fireworks from the summit of Pikes Peak on New Year’s Eve in 1922. The arduous trek on foot and with heavy backpacks that held the firework rockets was made by mountaineering brothers Fred and Ed Morath; … Continue reading Happy Birthday, AdAmAn Club

Chico Magic

When reflecting on a possible blog post theme suitable for the waning year, I didn’t feel inspired to offer the traditional end-of-year-review, but thought of a cherished spot on the map where I spent a lot of time during this, and previous years. I recently wrote about one of my happy places, Fountain Creek Regional … Continue reading Chico Magic