It has been a busy and interesting summer so far. I got to visit family in Colorado for 2 weeks toward the end of June. Some of the highlights from the trip are shown below.
|view from near my sister's place close to Livermore, CO. Yes, that is snow just visible on the mountain tops near the center of the photo.|
|Most (maybe all?) of the pines are Ponderosa Pines.|
|Ponderosa pine bark, up close. It smells like vanilla caramel.|
|Rufous Hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus) at the feeder. The immature male has the first of his red throat feathers.|
|A more mature male.|
|They were not shy birds, making it easy to get photos as they came to the feeders.|
|That flash of iridescence is definitely eyecatching.|
Hummingbirds were not the only ones at the feeders ...
|The chippers went for peanuts, too.|
|As did the resident Stellars jay.|
|Out in the meadow, we spotted the nest of a lark sparrow. The sparrow itself flew off as we approached, otherwise we would never have seen the nest on the ground. I did manage some photos to get a good ID of the bird with its conspicuous spot on the breast.|
|Scorpionweed (Phacelia) flowers were a nice surprise.|
|The blue larkspurs were intensely, well, blue. Some areas were just covered with them.|
|Prickly poppies were around and being visited by bees, beetles, and flies.|
|Last year's Miner's Candle was attractive to this small butterfly. I don't have the butterfly ID - please leave a comment if you know what it is.|
|Mule deer (just look at the size of the ears to see where they get their name) came quite close to the house.|
|The 3 males were starting to grow their antlers, which are still in velvet.|
|My nephew patiently lured the mountain chickadee to the table using peanut fragments. |
|will he take it? Not today, but he did the next day!|
I had a great trip spending time with my siblings and their families. While I was gone, Dennis and the construction crew finished the deck and the railing around our cabana and work continued on the addition. A construction update will follow soon.
|My nephew, a nascent conceptual artist, with his "set up" of rocks with crystals. Not quite so obvious in this photo, but he arranged them with a fine eye for size, shape, and color. It won't be long before I will be saying "I knew him when ..."|