Sunday, December 3, 2017

Thorn Tree

I have a grandson who loves nature, bugs, dinosaurs, everything interesting.  Anything interesting.  He's ten.  He and I went on a walk on Thursday and he pointed out a thorn on a tree for me to see.

I thought at first that he was messing with me, but on this morning's walk, he showed me several trees with these thorns.

The entire bark of the tree is covered with these thorns.

I searched for matching images on Google but didn't get a hit.  No matter.  I'll keep going on walks with this grandson, and he'll keep showing me interesting things.  [Update:  This is a Toothache Tree.  The knobs have an analgesic property.]

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Day Walk

Yellow Jackets interfered with my outdoor activities last summer.

I set out traps, which were helpful, but I also looked for the nest.

How did I miss a basket-ball-sized nest 100 feet from my house?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Birds on a Fall Morning

The morning was so beautiful that I was distracted from my hurried Sunday morning.

I hadn't realized there were berries on this tree, or that the birds ate them.

They were flitting around, making it hard to find them through my camera lens, but this bird actually posed for me.

Honest, there has never been a more beautiful fall morning.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Little Snow

Snow fell in the valley today.  It didn't stick down here, but it did in the mountains.  I'm ready for winter, new boots and all.

Sunday, November 5, 2017


This has been the most beautiful fall, ever.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fall in My Garden

I found myself distracted this morning when the sun came over the mountains.

I planted these mums for an outside event last year and they barely survived.  This year, however, they have thrived.

Brush a distance away looked stunning in the morning light.

Even dead plants are beautiful in the sunlight.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Snow on Timp!

Rain over the last two days brought snow to my favorite mountain!