Category Archives: lessons from nature

What’s Blooming This Weekend?

So here’s my species list for this past weekend in Rocky Mountain National Park: Loco Weed Golden Banner Beardless Sidebells Penstemon Clustered Penatemon Marsh Marigold (Narrowleaf) Red Paintbrush Yellow Paintbrush Elderberry Gooseberry Serviceberry Wax Current (already setting fruit) Blanketflower Sulfurflower Blue … Continue reading

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A Wildflower Nerd’s Dream

Penstemon Ok, so here is a dream project…. Republishing the taxonomic key to the flora of Rocky Mountain National Park. Yes, I know how nerdy that sounds. Don’t be a hater. The late Betty Willard has become a hero to … Continue reading

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It’s Summer In The Mountains

It’s no secret that I love the high windswept meadows of Rocky Mountain National Park. By about February or March every year, I’m MORE than ready for wildflower season to commence. But this year we Coloradans had a wrench thrown … Continue reading

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A Symbol of My Freedom… and A Bit More Inspiration

So, my gun-toting, Republican brother posted another Meme of Brilliance today. Sadly, I’m sure he found humor and truth in this picture: I grew up around guns. I even learned how to shoot. And because of my family’s choices, and … Continue reading

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Saturday Reflection

Guess a man needs an upset now and then to remind him that he doesn’t know as much as he thinks he does. -Dick Proenneke, One Man’s Wilderness It has been such a roller coaster this year so far. I’ve … Continue reading

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Another Rebirth

My Dear Friend, Will you understand? Or will you just see a mountain to conquer? I have experienced every emotion imaginable within this mountain cathedral. Joy, pain, love, security, insecurity, loss, fear, contentment, wonder. Today, as I took a last … Continue reading

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The Mountain Valley Home

Looking out over the same mountain valley I have seen a thousand times before, the sunlight sparkles off the snowflakes in the air, seemingly held aloft by an unseen breeze. The valley stretches ahead of me, dotted with the occasional … Continue reading

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