Frost

First frost last night. Mist rising off the ponds and streams in the park this morning, grass glistening in sunlight. There is a lone American egret still here, I see him in the afternoons, sitting in the middle of Jefferson Lake.

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November Full moon, 1 day early

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Forest Park, mid day

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Great horned owl in the sycamore tree in the back yard this morning. Air is finally crisp and cool.

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Sunrise dew

Sunrise in Forest Park, Saturday.

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Finally a walk at the arboretum this morning. Haven’t come to this site much lately- life just gets busy and frankly there’s not a lot I want to remember from this awful political era. We went to see a comedian last night, Dylan Moran, and even he seemed constrained by the political climate and divisions in these our United States- he is from Ireland. So. A walk in the woods was a welcome diversion this morning. The sun and the dew, and lots of spiders and webs. Critters have eaten all the paw-paw fruits. Persimmons haven’t ripened yet. The crickets are in the doorway when I come home in the evening, waiting to come inside for winter. I like their sound in the morning. And we have heard 2 pairs of owls in the neighborhood, in courtship mode, duetting.

Argiope web

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Morning Dew

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Beech nuts

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Full Moon, Oct. 5, 2017

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Catching up

In June I went to Denver for a conference, then to Boulder to visit my Aunt Pris and cousins Dan and Liz. We went on several good hikes- such beautiful country. Also had a nice visit and dinner with a good friend whom I seldom see, now a professor at U C Denver.

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Sunday, July 16th, a walk at the arboretum with Dennis to see what was going on in the prairie, which was burned to the ground in March. You’d never guess it now.

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Compass plant

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Rattlesnake master is profuse again this year

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Paw Paw fruits. No doubt the critters already have their eyes on these, waiting for them to ripen.

 

And last Tuesday, a hot bicycle ride to work. The rest of the week we have had temps above 100. I decided not to go on a 35-mile training ride this morning- probably would’ve been fine but I’d rather take my first longish ride of the season on a more pleasant day. Tomorrow, perhaps, with a friend.

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And today, Saturday, July 22. I have been hearing a young Coopers hawk crying all week long and worried that he or she had been abandoned to figure out how to survibe on her own. But this morning as I was watering the herbs I looked up and saw mom Coopers hawk on the neighbors roof, calling to the youngster, who joined her. No doubt she wants to be fed. It’s a steep learning curve, I imagine, learning how to feed oneself as a youngster. Here, mom hawk is on the right, youngster on the left.

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