Freedom Isn’t Free

Far too often Memorial Day is thought of as a day we get to take off work, the beginning of summer, or an opportunity to break out the bar-b-que and have a party with friends and loved ones. Those are great things, but Memorial Day is truly about remembering those who gave their lives so that we are…

Milford Moss

New Zealand is known to be one of greenest places on the planet. I don’t mean it is environmentally friendly, although that is probably true too, but a literal natural green. Most of its notoriety for it greenishness is due to its lush rolling green hills (you know, Hobbiton—Lord of the Rings). That is the…

Snow Cat Eyes

Have you ever stared into the eyes of a wild Snow Leopard high in the Himalayan Mountains and thought to yourself, “This is it. This is how it ends?” Well… me neither, but that would have made for a much better story than, “I saw this pretty cat at the Denver Zoo.” Still, it is a…

Thunderbirds

Today is the United States Air Force Academy graduation. Every year the Air Force’s most skilled pilots, the Thunderbird Squadron, descend on Colorado Springs for several days of practice flights. As I write this post I can hear them outside my house practicing for tomorrow’s performance. It is truly a magnificent arial ballet to see…

Wading In Fish Creek

The short 1/4 mile trail to Fish Creek Falls from the parking area north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado is very little effort for maximum payoff, but if you want to get the best vantage points of this gorgeous 283′ high waterfall you will need to get wet. Make your way into the frigid snow-fed creek…

Hot Coals

Fire, and the way humans have uniquely tamed it, has by all accounts changed the course of history. We use it to cook foods, shape metals, heat our homes and generally tame nature. It is the quintessential tool for mankind. Where would we be without it? These embers were roasting some street food in the Philippines.

Chamaenerion Angustifolium

This is the Chamaenerion Angustifolium… if you know how to pronounce that correctly, I am impressed. The more common name is Fireweed flower. These flowers are known as fireweeds not because of their fiery red stem, but because they are often the first plant to repopulate an area after a forest fire. I found this one on…

Carved Deep

The Grand Canyon—as seen from the eastern part of the park. Growing up I had an image in my head of Grand Canyon National Park being this massive, rugged, deep canyon. All of this is true, but when I finally got to visit I was amazed at how the canyon appears with little warning. A…

Tiny

This tiny bunny is one of our home’s residences. He lives in our yard or more precisely the hedges. These rocks are large pebbles, but in no way would I consider them stones. Most are probably less than an 1.5″ in diameter. Every spring we start to see these little bunnies emerge from our bushes,…