Spring (poem)

Spring arrives in bits and pieces

fits and starts

one step forward, two steps back

like a Chacha.

Temperatures soar for a day or three

then dive down like a bird of prey

But then, little by little,

all of the pieces come together!

The scent of lilacs

The sound of frogs and hummingbirds

The creeks rushing from melt off

Buds on the aspens

Days growing longer at dawn and dusk

The warmth of the sun

YES! All the signs are here

Fascinating sights in nature

On a recent hike, we noticed what we thought were spider webs on trees along the trail. Upon further inspection, they each contained a large number of caterpillars. This is new to me so I’ve done some research and there are several species of caterpillars that construct silken shelters or tents. These caterpillars will turn into moths. Some of these species are considered pests due to the damage they inflict on the trees.

Dinosaur Ridge

A great day for a field trip with second and third graders. We learned about fossils and how different the climate of this area is from 65 million years ago. The idea that Colorado was a tropical area (palm frond fossils prove this) and that dinosaurs are more closely related to birds than lizards (the word dinosaur come from “terrible lizard” in Greek) were part of the new learning gained as we walked the Triceratops Trail. A short stop in the museum and the “sand pit” to dig for fossils made for a fun day.

Charlie’s Day

As told by Charlie, age 11 weeks…

There are so many wonderful things about being a puppy, but today I want to talk about the joy of a new toy. Mom’s trying to teach me to fetch, yes I know I’m part Retriever, but so far it’s not my best event.

 

This time I didn’t even try! If she wants it, why does she throw it across the room?

 

Perfect for teething!

 

Okay, I brought it back. But I’d really like to just chew for a while.

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Evening sky

The snow fell, wet and heavy

Giving way to fog as temperatures

danced above freezing.

Mountain peaks

hidden from view

bathed in dewy moisture

wait for the sun to return.

Dots of blue sky, making a reappearance

letting the mountains know

the fog would lift soon.