Sunday, April 02, 2017

Raven Couple Goes for a Lazy Stroll

I've observed a noisy raven couple in the neighborhood the last few days.

There footprints are huge! They look like velociraptor tracks. (At least, I sure hope they are only raven tracks)  If you look closely, I've included a 2 inch long black dog tag for scale.

One of the ravens was dragging it's wing tips on the ground as it took a long walk in the snow.

Raven tracks (double click to enlarge)

Beautiful Soft Rime Ice

One of the joys of living up in the Colorado Rockies is the appearance of rime ice a few times a year.  Here is some of the prettiest soft rime ice I've ever seen, taken on April 1 (no joke!) 2017.
You can click on the image to enlarge.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Momma Moose Kicks Out Junior

I was going to call this blog post "Moose wakes up from nap" and enter it for a "Lamest Headline Ever."  But Google tells me there is no such award.

I mean, there is no way I'm going to compete when there is a Hildebeast running around.  Note to future historians - take a look who is running for president in 2016 in the USA.

Anyway,  back to the moose saga.   When I last blogged about the moose, he was part of a family unit with his mom.  Well, word on the street is that mamma moose now has two new young ones, so the nearly grown galoof had to go.

Any way, I've bored you enough with word, so let me just get to the pictures.

Then, as I checked at about 1:30 pm, the moose slowly got up from his nap.
This second picture was taken with the roof of my neighbor's house as a contrasting background.  My neibhbor was the one who clued me in about 10 am about the loose moose in the first place.  By the way, the second picture was taken without the benefit of a telephoto lens - just cause I knew him as a baby doesn't mean he can't be a health hazard now. I'm not getting in a photo booth with him. 

Saturday, April 02, 2016

The moose were back again today.  This time they wandered all around the house, nibbling on bushes.  It looks like this is a mother & daughter pair. "Mom" is partly behind a tree in the first picture. The first picture has a bit of a bluish tinge because it was taken through the breakfast nook window.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Moose is Loose in the Yard

I took this picture of two moose from my driveway this afternoon just as another storm moved in.  The pair spent hours munching on two bushes and even took naps. I think the pair are a mother and yearling.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Bobcat Mother and Child

This morning the rabbit that is wintering in the wood shed was acting up. Soon, it became clear why.  I've been seeing a bobcat in the area lately.  Today bobcat mom and child spent about half an hour trying to flush out the rabbit from the wood shed, without success.  However, it was a great photo opportunity.  Enjoy.
Bobcat mom leads the way. The child has a distinctive fur pattern, but the mom is a more uniform brown.

Bobcat mom.
Bobcat child.
Bobcat child with distinctive spots and strips. By the way, the ground is covered with snow earlier than usual this year. 

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Rain - Finally

After a dry spell that seemed to last weeks, we finally got some rain.  Up on James Peak, it even snowed.  However down here, aspens are still going strong.
Also, what does the current El Nino mean for Colorado? According to FOX31,
For the Front Range and Denver, when you look back at history, most of the big upslope snowstorms have occurred during El NiƱo years. My feeling is that we’ll end up with normal snowfall, and, yes, the possibility of one or two larger upslope snowstorms is there.
Consider yourself warned. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Turning Aspens are right again

In the last few days, I've been watching the aspen leaves turning yellow  It's been nice and warm with almost no rain.

However, last night, it got down to almost freezing.  The thermometer next to the house read 33 Fahrenheit just before dawn.

Shown right is James Peak, with a forest of turning aspens in the middle left. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mushroom Season

We've been having a lot of rain lately, and the forest floor is covered in mushrooms. Lately, I've supplemented my lunch and dinner with Boletes, Chanterelles, puff balls and corral mushrooms.

We had a great soaking rain yesterday about midday, and the mushrooms are out like crazy.  So, I decided to see how much I could pick in half an hour, right outside my back door.  Ready for this?  5 and 1/4 pounds!

To be fair the Boletes are some poorly identified species, but they taste just like the King Boletes, of which I've found a few.

I'll probably dry them all, since I already got enough for a couple of dinners earlier today.

The reference knife is 7 inches long.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mamma Moose and Other News

Yesterday, on my way up to the top of the ridge, skis in hand, I waited for Mamma Moose and yearling to cross the trail in front of me.

Don't mess with moose, especially in protective mamma mode.  They can sprint to 50 miles an hour, and weigh only slightly less than a freight train.  A couple of my mountain bike neighbors got treed surprising Momma. I'll take the hint. thank you.

Pm the subject of skiing - the snow is deep enough now, and the forecasted  temperatures cold enough  so that it is worth laying down a good solid track.  Looks like I'll be making good use of it the next couple of weeks.  There are usually one or two weeks in the winter where it days below freezing for the whole week.  We had one such stretch around the new years, and it looks like there is another one coming up, starting in a couple of days.

BTW, looks like my moose encounters are part of a trend: