Category: Nature

red fox

What a Fox!

It was just an innocent walk to a sacred site in the Big Horn mountains of northern Wyoming. We hadn’t even gone very far when I heard a marmot alarming to our right. I was a bit surprised because the marmots was a comfortable distance away and we […]

chive blossom

Garden of Hope

Russell Sprout was our gardener, and I put in a garden for many years just for him. He loved visiting the plants, encouraging and admiring them. He took credit for all our successes as we harvested grapes, tomatoes, tomatillos, and peppers. He spent a lot of time in […]

Devils Tower

R & R at Devils Tower

My husband and I visited Devils Tower, Wyoming about 20 years ago, and we returned again this spring a week or two ago with our camper. It isn’t impressive from a distance like the Rocky Mountains are, but when you get up close, it can be dramatic. Devil’s […]

purple pansies

Be a Pansy

In the spring, I pass a group of planters by my office that are full of pansies. They are bright, cheerful and resilient. It snows, sleets, rains, and freezes, yet the pansies come back again and again. I’ll pass them in the morning and they are wilted and […]

black-tailed prairie dogs

Last Stand on the Prairie

Prairie dogs have a language all their own. They’re not really dogs, they are really part of the marmot family, but they bark and yip like dogs, which is how they got their name. Sophisticated research has found their language to be quite complex, as you can learn […]

great horned owlet

Finding Owls and Community

I walk my dogs frequently in the evenings down a wooded trail near our suburban home. I’d see other walkers, with and without dogs, but I rarely said more than a greeting. If they had a dog, there is a possibility that my dogs will be impolite, and […]

horned owl

Wild Messages

Sometimes when we see an animal, it’s just because we live near nature. At other times, it is a message from the Universe. I was present for two messages recently and I wanted to share them. I officiated a wedding in a beautiful, picturesque setting at an exclusive […]

dandelion fluff

Weeding the Garden

It’s sorta-spring in the Rockies. That means we have both rain and snow. There are bright, warm days and snowy mucky days. Maybe it is finally spring, since we are supposed to be past our first frost-free day, and it’s tornado season already. Our fruit trees bloom, and […]

lunar eclipse, blood moon

End of an Era

Total lunar eclipses are supposed to signify the end of an era. Not the end of a chapter, but perhaps the end of a book. It seemed fitting to honor tonight’s eclipse as my father lies in hospice. For our family, it will soon be the end of […]