Marigreen Pines

One never knows what gems lie hidden only slightly out of sight. When traveling due west from Colorado Springs, the principal road that leads through the foothills of the Rockies is US Highway 24, which was built along Ute Pass, a natural east-west corridor used by Utes and various other Indigenous tribes for millenia. The … Continue reading Marigreen Pines

June’s Gifts

The moisture in May’s late and only significant precipitation event, as devastating as it was on some levels, nonetheless brought sustenance to the surviving vegetation and assured the growth and blossoming of several flowers, even if they were endowed with less vigor than following a wet spring. Having encouraged a number of wildflower patches in … Continue reading June’s Gifts

Grosbeak Quintet

Happy 1-year grosbeak quintet anniversary to me. May 31, 2021 was unforgettable: my first (and possibly only) time of seeing five different grosbeaks on the same day. And though my featured photo above shows five Evening Grosbeaks, that’s not the quintet I’m referring to. No, May 31, 2021 held encounters with 5 different species of … Continue reading Grosbeak Quintet

Weather Whiplash

Thursday, May 19, 2022: The temperature climbs to 89 degrees F (31.6⁰ C), tying a previous record-high. A comparatively cool Friday follows with highs in the low 50s (10-12⁰ C), bringing much-needed and much-appreciated moisture falling as drizzle out of the sky most of the day, helping to mitigate our drought conditions, if only temporarily. … Continue reading Weather Whiplash