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  • Two types of cattails found in...

    There is a small drainage pond below my window that has become a miniature cattail marsh. Last week, the green fronds were waving in the breeze, but the snow that came midweek also brought some very cold temperatures.

    When I awoke Thursday morning, the snow had turned Our Evergreen World to white and the cattails were stiff and brown, rattling in the wind. Summer has left the little marsh, and it now serves as a wintering place for a few birds.

  • Autumn’s dry flowers are fodder...

    November is often referred to as the brown month. Nightly frosts have put an end to the green growing season, and meadows and prairies have slowly turned brown.

    Although we may have snow, there is seldom enough to stay on the ground for long, and before we settle into the black-and-white days of winter, we have about a month of brown frozen weeds and grasses. November is usually the month when the summer growth has matured and ripened seeds.

  • The molten gold of autumn in the...

    A few weeks ago, the aspen were spectacular in the high country. We could see great rivers of molten gold flowing down every valley. Aspen seem to require a bit of extra moisture, so they tend to follow river valleys.

    Just as it appeared that we were settling in to a long golden fall, we had a rainy day with high gusty winds that stripped the aspen trees of their crop of gold. Then we settled into nearly a week of rainy weather. The additional weight of water-soaked leaves and a few gusts of wind brought most of the remaining leaves down.

  • Distinctive song of sparrows is...

    Whenever I hear the call note or the song of a song sparrow, I think of my childhood. There was a small blue spruce tree on the north side of our house that my father had planted to mark the border between the fields and the lawn.

    The mowed area was hardly a lawn as it was uneven and bumpy, just mowed. The small spruce marked the edge and had mowed grass on one side and had clumps of tall unmowed grass on the other.

  • Wintering juncos are hard to...

    A friend asked if I would write about the junco complex again this week because she said, “They are showing up in large numbers at my feeders, and once more, I can’t tell them apart.” Well, all I could say was “Join the club,” for we are all having the same problem.

  • If you’ve seen one elk, you...

    Reprinted from Oct. 11, 2007

    Indian Summer is one of the briefest seasons, but it is also the very best. Its salubrious warm, sunny days, blue sky, dry air, and cool but not cold nights can’t be equaled. If I could find a place that had our Indian summer weather all the time, I would move there, but then it would become mundane, and so I guess the next best place is Colorado — mostly nice blue sky and sunny, enough rain to survive but not enough to make everything moldy, some winter but not endless and always changing.

  • Jeffco Open Space adding to...

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended the purchase of a 36 acres northwest of Centennial Cone Park near Golden. The property, owned by the Deloris Wright Trust, is close to property that Open Space is in the process of acquiring on Douglas Mountain, said Open Space planning supervisor Nancy York.

    The Wright property includes “an incredible wildlife corridor” and has the potential for nature-based experiences, York said.

  • Evergreen Rotary plans musical...

    The Rotary Club of Evergreen has approved a $30,000 grant to install outdoor musical instruments at Stagecoach Park.

    Rotary member Kay LaMontagne championed the concept for the music park after seeing one in Moab, Utah, and becoming intrigued by the concept.

    After the Evergreen Park and Recreation District gives final approval for the project, about five instruments will be placed in a grassy area of the park along Highway 74, probably next spring.

  • Spectacular colors highlight...

    On Tuesday, Sept. 22, two friends took me on a trip over Boreas Pass. It was a delight.

    This has been one of my favorite trips for many years. It is nearby, covers some of the best mountain area and has great distant views of aspen. My late husband, Bill, and I used to go south on U.S. 285 to Como, then northwest over the pass to Breckenredige, have lunch there and then make a fast trip home over routes 9 and 70.

    This time we reversed this trip, going out on I-70, then south to Breckenridge, then going over the pass from west to east, then back home on U.S. 285.

  • Where the bears are — and how to...

    “We are in bear habitat,” said wildlife manager Ty Petersburg of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, speaking last Thursday at a meeting of the Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability.

    People who live in mountain areas need to be aware of the bruins' presence and take measures to keep a safe distance, Petersburg said.

    “Everyone wants to talk about saving the bears,” Petersburg said.