Precious Prairie

A continual chant pouring forth from the beaks of Western Meadowlarks. The occasional twitter of Horned Larks. Near-constant chirping of curious yet cautious Black-tailed Prairie Dogs. A sporadic appearance of Pronghorn. Last but not least, sweeping views of Pikes Peak, our local fourteener, and its lower Front Range neighbors. These are some of the delights … Continue reading Precious Prairie

Spring Has Sprung

At 6,000 feet, spring takes its sweet time arriving, and night frosts threaten to damage or destroy early bloomers until the middle of May. Most years, the flowers in our garden are tempted by warm March sunshine, only to be covered by April snowfall. We have been making an effort to replace water-guzzling lawn with … Continue reading Spring Has Sprung

Happy Winter Memories

Our home planet continues on its annual trek around our solar center and the northern hemisphere is tilting closer to the sun, yet coldness and harshness linger. While earth’s climate is warming, humanity’s collective heart is growing colder and runs the risk of freezing permanently. I hate to be bleak, and I’m in no way, … Continue reading Happy Winter Memories

Surprise Encounter of the Minky Kind

I have—half-jokingly—stated that, if I were God, I would have ordered things differently. While I’m in awe of Nature’s intricate, interwoven, and complex structure and finely tuned function, I have never liked the fact that animals eat one another. Even as a child I closed my eyes when nature documentaries focused in on the “successful” … Continue reading Surprise Encounter of the Minky Kind