Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
I believe this is an Orange Paintbrush (Castilleja integra) identification from G.K. Guennel's Guide to Colorado Wildflowers. This was taken near the group picnic site at Castlewood Canyon State Park . I like how the background is a slightly different painterly echo of the foreground. Since I've got the painting connection I'll submit it into the Photo Friday Masterpiece theme.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
My guess is a Cabbage White (Pieris rapae). They have slightly different coloration in the early spring and late fall -- more white and less black. Summer they have more of a yellowish cast and the black spots are darker. I wonder if this is due to different food supplies to the caterpillars or if like siamese cats, their color is temperature related. If I had to place bets, I would put my money on the latter.
These guys are really frenetic and hard to catch. When my boys saw these little whites chasing each other in aerobatic swoops and loops, they said, "I think the males and females are excited because they're going to have babies." Heh.
Castlewood Canyon doesn't allow climbers to put permanent fixtures into the rock. This wall was near a trio of climbers doing just that. The rock formations are made up of a wonderful but delicate natural concrete; it's a real shame that they would destroy it. The rogue climbers left as we meandered up.
See that lower hole? It's about ten feet from where they were climbing.