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Outdoors

  • Early wildflowers, tall grass a result of warm, wet weather

    On a brief ride around the Evergreen area last week, I was surprised to see so many wildflowers blooming. Many seemed a bit earlier than usual. I believe this is due to the exceptionally warm weather and rain in early June.

    Late June had very little rain, but the Fourth of July brought a late-afternoon torrential shower, so it is once more hot and humid. This is not my favorite weather as it leaves me feeling hot, sticky and short of breath.

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    Andy Smith Sr. Special Needs Golf Tournament

  • Bald eagles near Evergreen Lake cause a stir

    Everyone in Evergreen has been excited about the two bald eagles that have been hanging out in a dead tree near Evergreen Lake for the past week. I have had several people call me, and others have brought me photographs of the birds. They are apparently two adult bald eagles, easily recognized by their size, dark bodies, white head and tail.

  • Forest Service considering ban on recreational shooting

    U.S. Forest Service officials are considering closing all public land to recreational shooting in a zone called the “wildland-urban interface.”

    The 400,000-acre wildfire zone — mostly along Colorado's Front Range and Interstate 70 — is an area where homes and other manmade improvements are close to natural terrain and flammable vegetation, according to information on a Colorado State University website.

  • Red-winged blackbirds are earliest spring arrivals

    Below my window is the roof of two buildings and two large paved parking lots that were scraped flat out of the hillside. Because of our hard rains, these are drained away to prevent puddling.

  • Open Space committee looks at potential properties for acquisition

    The Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee explored the potential of two properties offered by private landowners during a field trip last Thursday afternoon.

    Traveling to a field near Boulder and to Douglas Mountain near Gilpin County, OSAC members and Jeffco Open Space staff walked the properties and learned about the owners’ interest in selling them.

  • Summer's warmth brings golden banner

    June is such a beautiful month. It is so great to see the outdoors green again. The black-and-white beauty of winter is stark and often exceptional, but the fresh green of June is full of promise of a few months of warm weather.

    I am still at Elk Run Assisted Living, trying to get my back and right leg strong enough to go back home, at least for a little while.
    Looking out my window this morning, it was a delight to see so many spring flowers blooming. The ponderosa pine forest behind this building is where the greatest number of wildflowers grow.

  • Flycatchers move to land if food is worth it

    Still confined to Elk Run Assisted Living, my creaky back and banged-up knee still keep me from being able to do much. My good friends have brought me many things from home, so now I feel that I am close to being home. If I must stay where help is available, this is a fine place to be.

  • Ponderosa pines have long history in the foothills

    I am still at Elk Run Assisted Living and therefore my list of birds seen this week is limited and small.

    Out of my windows, which are on a corner and look both north and east, I have seen very few birds. A pair of robins have a nest nearby, a small flock of house finches flit in and out of some nearby shrubs several times a day, and 10 common crows spend a good bit of time each day picking up bits of food dropped by the children on a nearby school playground.

  • Walking into springtime at Reynolds Park

    Winding along the road to Reynolds Park in Conifer, bright green leaves popping out of aspen branches are a welcome sight after a long, cold winter that didn't want to quit. After arriving at Reynolds and heading onto Oxen Draw Trail, you notice that the woodland park is alive with springtime activity. Birds perched in high trees call to each other, and delicate wildflowers are blossoming brightly on the forest floor.

    Spring has returned!