Category: Nature

happy dog

Clearing Cobwebs from the Mind

Sometimes, you just need to take a step back and exit the rat race. Perhaps reevaluate your life or just take a time out. This year, we took a long weekend near Lake City, Colorado. Lake City is a small seasonal town surrounded by large mountains. It’s a […]

great horned owl

Fledgling!

We took our first dog walk of the spring this week. We looked for the owls in February and didn’t see them. By the time we returned to the nest, the owlets were fledging and ready to fly! We only spotted one at the nest; Mom was in […]

total lunar eclipse

Moon and Stars

I’ve had a fascination with stars since I was six years old. I had to get up insanely early to go to the hospital to get my tonsils removed. When we stepped out of the house, I was awestruck by a meteor shower that took my breath away. […]

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 […]