Monday, August 29, 2929

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Flower For The Day 2009

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Flower for the Day Prickly Poppy 8-26-14

We have been watching this colony of Prickly Poppies (Argemone albiflora) for several years.They are along the Bear Lake Road where it is difficult to stop and try to identify them
as well as photograph them. The flower has 3 long sepals and 6 petals with multiple yellow stamens. The stem and leaves have sharp prickles. The flower head is messy and the sepals and petals are often askew. It looks better from a distance than up close.
M son Chris took the photos after dark and the second one was taken with flashlight lighting just for fun. This is the end of our three year prickly poppy saga. Thanks to Jackie Oldham for help in identification. 

Ute Meadow 8-25-14

Monday, August 25, 2014

Trip to The Loch 8-23-14

  I got up early and was at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead by 7:09. There were two runners who took off up the trail ahead of me. It was a day that the clouds stayed very low so it was like hiking through a fine mist all the way up. Before the trail junction to Mill Lake (left) and The Loch (right) there was a rainbow (at 8:00 in the morning). The pot of gold was at Mills Lake but I was headed to The Loch. Oh well. The Loch was beautiful as usual but the clouds never lifted so I could not see The Cathedral Spires. As I reached the Mills Lake /Loch junction coming down the runners jogged by
mecoming down from  Sky Pond and headed back up to Mills Lake and Black Lake. I bet they missed the rainbow.

The Trail
The Rainbow
The Loch

Friday, August 22, 2014

FFTD Bonus Selfie with bear paw print

After a recent hike we noticed why it is not a good idea to leave food in your car in bear country. There is a good sized black bear paw print on the window - larger than my head.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FFTD Bonus Brown Creeper 8-21-14

On a recent hike a bird watcher with
binoculars pointed out a "brown
creeper" which turned out to be a
sparrow like bird that can only walk
up a tree because of the anatomic
form of its feet. If it tries to walk down
it falls because its feet can not
hold it up. It often passes nuthatches
that are walking down the tree as it
walks up using its tail for balance.