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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Dreamy Orange Flower

Fall is come and chilly air is settling in. I've had a cold the past few days and I've been grumpy about it. I hate being sick. I should take a cue from Jazz. She has the same thing and doesn't seem to notice it. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Colorado Greenthread

My best guess on this flower is the Colorado Greenthread Thelesperma megapotamicumPosted by Picasa

Offering to the Ants

Rowan didn't want the ants to go hungry; the ant attacked the invading grass seeds.

Something was definitely going on here, I think a new queen and suitors were ready to make a journey. Darker, smaller, winged ants were at the center of the hole, surrounded by the brighter yellow, larger workers. Posted by Picasa

Water Strider

Walking on water. Posted by Picasa

Purple Flower

The purple flower caught my eye. Posted by Picasa

Bug Sex

Early autumn beetle sex. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, September 16, 2006

The Yellow Line

I took the boys on another forced march. Li Mei managed to fall asleep right before we headed out, so she stayed home with daddy.

The boys wanted to hang out in the house and play with all of Kai's new birthday toys. I thought they'd been cooped up in the house too much already. The first mile was plagued with a resentful mood, but we got past that and had a nice 2+ miles after that. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 10, 2006


Checking out my wildflower guide, I believe these are Linaria vulgaris of the Figwort family and also known as Toadflax. These were alongside the Inner Canyon/Lake Gulch Loop path in Castlewood Canyon State Park. Posted by Picasa

Baby Toad

This baby toad is resting after being held by my boys and four girls hiking ahead of us at Castlewood Dam State Park. There were a number of little toads swimming in the creek (in the mistaken belief that was an escape route). All the kids had their shoes off in a heartbeat and soon were excitedly and lovingly holding unwilling toads. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


We decided to go to the zoo today before we found out about Steve Irwin's death. More people than usual were visiting the Denver Zoo's crocodile.

I only watched Steve's shows occassionally, but I thought he was funny, crazy, a little dippy and enthusiastically vivacious. He was probably one of the first people I'd seen express such excitement for all the generally unpopular animals that I like so much.

Sad. Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 04, 2006

Fake Bumble

It's a fly, but when you're just passing without paying much attention, you'd swear it was a bumble bee. This fly is huge by the way. It was about as long and big as the tip of my thumb to the first knuckle. Posted by Picasa