Rocky Mountain National Park, Pt. 2

Sep 29, 2012 by Janine |
The alpine and tundra trails of RMNP are fascinating to me, as a flat-lander.

Great views



At 12,000 feet I took a short break to watch the aerial ballet of a northern harrier and what I think might be a prairie falcon.





The scenery was stark but very beautiful. I gained a new appreciation of clouds here.











Lenticular cloud



The cloud and rock really spoke to me. It was amazing how quickly the changing cloud and light altered the landscape.











The Tundra Nature trail is a great spot to view pika and marmot.

Surprisingly loud for such a little creature. Unfortunately the video I took did not turn out very well, it was very windy.



Marmots everywhere.







A ranger informed me that the changing clouds I so admired signaled some bad weather moving into the area. He also mentioned a high altitude tornado which had been seen in the region a week before. Not wanting to be caught in the mountains in a downpour, I wended my way out of the park and back to Boulder, where I waited out the wind and rain while enjoying a cheeseburger.

All in all it was a great trip, and I look forward to my next visits to Colorado, and especially to the Rockies.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Pt. 1

Sep 19, 2012 by Janine |
Dawn was just breaking when I arrived in the park. It was so still and quiet with just the distant echoes of elk calls breaking the silence. Magical.



Beaver Meadows was a great spot to watch elk.





A short video I took. Make sure your sound is on if you want to hear his call.





Running after the females. You could smell the testosterone musk in the air.



A panoramic shot once the sun came up.



Next came the drive up Old Fall River Road, with lots of amazing scenery.

Gray Jay.



Aspens in color.















I took this shot and noticed the odd shape scurrying across the road after I pressed the shutter.



I got out to investigate and soon noticed a rustling in the undergrowth nearby. With the bear sign in my mind I wondered what would emerge. Suddenly the creature appeared.



A marmot with a mouthful of grass. I watched it carry the grass across the road and disappear into a burrow on the side of the cliff.



Great views





Stay tuned, alpine trail pics coming soon!



Colorado

Sep 16, 2012 by Janine |
I've spent the last couple of weeks in Colorado for work-related meetings and site visits. I am really enjoying the time I spend there and looking forward to the next trip.

In the field





Short-horned lizard, Phrynosoma hernandezi. I was fascinated to learn that these little guys are adapted to high altitude living, and the species is viviparous, meaning they give birth to live young instead of laying eggs. Unlike other horned lizards, they do not squirt blood from their eyes as a defense mechanism, but instead rely on camouflage to avoid predators.



View from the top of a wind turbine. It was spectacular.





My other reason for visiting Colorado was a business meeting near Boulder. I was able to head out there a day early and visit Rocky Mountain National Park before the bad weather moved in. It was an awesome trip and I have a few hundred photos to go through. Lots of elk!



More to come.

Everglades morning

Sep 03, 2012 by Janine |
Was in Miami this weekend for a family wedding and decided to make an early morning stop to the glades before heading home.

Dawn in the park



A peaceful morning at the Anhinga trail











As the sun came up the wildlife became more active









The wedding was at the Yacht Club.





We were doing some yard work this morning and found this little glass lizard.



And in other news, Tropical Storm Isaac left us with flooding on our street for a couple of days, but all is pretty much back to normal today. This is how it looked a week ago.



That's it for now. I have a bunch of trips for work this fall, should be exciting!