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Archive for July, 2015

Shades of Gold

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2015 @ 8:11 pm in Trees | Comments Off on Shades of Gold

On one of our favorite walks, the slightest breeze brings the sounds of a flowing mountain spring. But thirsty as we may be, we no longer bother looking for moving water. It’s actually the flutter of aspen leaves set trembling by air currents passing by. Depending upon the speed of the air, the sound can […]

Summer’s Flashing Fireflies

Posted: Friday, July 24th, 2015 @ 3:22 pm in Bugs | Comments Off on Summer’s Flashing Fireflies

Pinpoints of light danced the minuet across our darkened lawn, a visual counterpoint to the dozens of chirping crickets and the distant drum roll of thunder. Such are the memories of hot, muggy Midwestern summer evenings. Miles away and decades later, we paused in our drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The air was heavy […]

Desert Rip Van Winkle

Posted: Friday, July 17th, 2015 @ 11:52 am in Critters | Comments Off on Desert Rip Van Winkle

A desert in early July is no place for tourists. The sun parches the soil with 110-degree temperatures – desiccating the plants and bleaching the mountains to a drab and uniform beige. You’d like to keep driving until you find someplace cooler, but it’s been a long day; reluctantly, you stop for the night. In […]

Sundogs and Moonbows

Posted: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 @ 12:34 pm in Sky | Comments Off on Sundogs and Moonbows

We spend a lot of time watching the sky. It helps us forecast weather conditions as we travel, exercises our imagination with fanciful cloud formations, and provides habitat for the soaring birds we like to observe. But add some distant raindrops, or cirrus clouds full of tiny ice crystals, and you have the setting for […]

It’s An Acorn Tree

Posted: Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 @ 12:42 pm in Trees | 2 Comments »

According to our seven-year-old neighbor, the correct name for an oak is acorn tree. After all, he reasons, if the parent of a peach is a peach tree, of a lemon is a lemon tree, why would the parent of an acorn be called an oak? He has a point. We wouldn’t even attempt to […]

 
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