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So much beauty, so little time

August 30, 2021

The Great Spangled Fritillary – the male (left) and female.

The lingering days of late summer spell the beginning of the end of the season for butterflies, but some of nature’s loveliest insects will continue to flit about as long as the blossoms linger. Others – namely the Monarch butterfly – might pass over Colorado in the coming weeks in a remarkable migration on delicate wings. The Western Slope is potentially on the route, though I have not seen this spectacle here, ever.


The seldom seen, quintessential cat

July 26, 2021

A bobcat crouches in the snow in the midvalley. Cindy Klob photo.

It’s entirely possible that bobcats prowl all of Pitkin County’s Open Space properties, not to mention plenty of other places throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. But the cat that Colorado Parks and Wildlife calls “secretive and seldom seen” is exactly that.


Have bees, will travel

July 1, 2021

Pulling a frame to check the bees in one hive.

This year’s buzz at Two Roots Farm on Emma Open Space is audible, literally.