Pine pollen – everything you didn’t know about pine trees

We live in a forest of pine trees. Unlike flowering plants, pine trees don’t attract bees or butterflies for pollination. The wind does the job of transferring pollen from male cones to female cones or on other trees. The first two photos are male pine cones and the third one, what we think of asContinue reading “Pine pollen – everything you didn’t know about pine trees”

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”

Charlie climbs his first mountain

The beauty of living in the mountains is the ability to walk out the door and hike to a peak just behind the house. From the top and its 360 degree view, you can see the snow covered continental divide, the nearby reservoir, nearby peaks, and the forest below. How can you beat that? HaveContinue reading “Charlie climbs his first mountain”

Snow in the forest

Following a 70 degree day on Saturday, yesterday brought thunder snow to the area. From the warmth of the house, we watched the snow fall and pile up. “It’s like being in a snow globe.” And now, the morning after, we have the peaceful beauty of snow laden trees under the bluebird sky. In aContinue reading “Snow in the forest”