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 (theContinue reading “Dinosaur Ridge”

May flowers? Nope, May Snow Showers

Much of the rest of the country is reveling in warmer weather after a rough winter. We are in drought conditions and happy for a day of snow. Yep, it’s May 2! We are in high danger drought conditions. In addition to the need for moisture, I love the peacefulness of snow and the wayContinue reading “May flowers? Nope, May Snow Showers”

My morning with a Little Scientist

I spent a couple of hours with my 18 month old neighbor today. If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching a little one explore recently, you don’t know what you’re missing. Everything fascinates him and his enthusiasm is contagious. Watching a wheel spin, trying to pick up rocks that are too heavy, finding oneContinue reading “My morning with a Little Scientist”

Visitors in the forest

One of the joys of living in a national forest is finding wildlife right outside our home. Yesterday, this beautiful moose decided to give the truck a car wash and spend the night on the edge of our driveway. I woke up early, but she was gone.

Osprey

Atop a building adjacent to the pond is an osprey nest. I’m not typically good at capturing birds in flight so I’m especially proud of this photo. Three facts about osprey: 1. They are also known as sea or river hawks. 2. They are diurnal. 3. They can be found on 6 of the 7Continue reading “Osprey”