Ulmer is here

In the past there’s been a lot of eye rolling when the local meteorologists get excited about an incoming storm. But this time they nailed it. Winter Storm Ulmer is here. As predicted, the wind and rain began early this… Read More ›

Have a lanche

It seems logical that if any of the lower 48 states were to have avalanches, it would be Colorado. But a report yesterday that the state has seen at least 348 of them since the first of March (one week)… Read More ›

Incoming storm? What storm?

(Screenshots from approximately 12:30 pm MST. Click pics for current views.) These and many more webcams are always available on “My favorite webcams: Estes Park, Rocky Mountain NP, Pikes Peak, Denver/Boulder.” Unless, of course, they get knocked out by a… Read More ›

More unusual cardinals

In the last few weeks there has been a significant surge in readership of my posts about Northern Cardinals, particularly the one entitled “World’s loneliest cardinals.” I’ve no explanation for this renewed interest a three-year-old post, but I welcome anyone… Read More ›

Leave only footprints

By now we’ve all seen pictures of trash piling up in national parks and at national monuments and memorials. A symbol of what happens during a government shutdown? It shouldn’t be. Responsible tourists dispose of their trash responsibly; if trash… Read More ›

So ugly she’s cute

Meet Tonks, the Denver Zoo’s baby aye-aye. She was born August 8 and is just emerging from her nesting box. Her parents are Bellatrix and Smeagol (appropriate name!). Only 24 aye-ayes live in seven zoos in the US. They are extremely… Read More ›

Dumbo the … octopus?

Ever heard of a dumbo octopus? I hadn’t until now. The dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis) gets its name from the fins that resemble the ears of Disney’s Dumbo the flying elephant. It is small, usually only about 8 inches long, but the longest on… Read More ›

Colorado snow joke

I woke up two days ago, smug about the hard freeze the night before (I read somewhere that a “hard freeze” is 28° or lower) because I’d had my sprinklers shut off several days earlier. Outside I heard a lot… Read More ›