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Where I live

Where I live

This picture is a small part of a panorama shows where I live. To really see the full picture you must click on one of the links below. The annotated version has markers for the notes below. The other one has higher quality and no annotations. These images are large. They may take awhile to download. Instructions for exploring these pictures are below. I suggest opening them in a separate window or tab. The full resolution image without annotations is…

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Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Likely a female or juvenile since it didn’t have the red patch on its head. This one didn’t seem to care that I was there huffing and puffing trying to catch my breath. I never understood why the ancient romans could create aquaducts that follow the isocline (line of equal elevation) and we could create a rail line across the country with no more than the gentlest inclines but we can’t create hiking trails that do anything but head straight…

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Winter Garden

Winter Garden

Chasm Falls was a bust for pictures. It was frozen solid and covered with snow. After a snack (all food tastes better after 3 miles of hiking up hill) we started down. I found this scene on the boulders. The moss is growing on solid rock clinging for life along with the lichen. It was snowing which enhanced the depth of the scene. To get a sense of scale, look at the lower left corner of the picture for a…

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National Center For Atmospheric Deer

National Center For Atmospheric Deer

The National Center for Atmospheric Research is on Table Mesa. Mesa means a flat topped mountain. It is also a spanish word that means table. So shouldn’t this be called Table Table, or maybe Mesa Mesa. Just askin’ There is another place here named Table Mountain. A table mountain is a flat topped mountain also known as a mesa. So, shouldn’t Table Mountain just be called Mesa? Just askin’ There is another place in Colorado called Crested Butte. A butte…

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Dusted Bear – Here’s Waldo

Dusted Bear – Here’s Waldo

I posed a challenge in the Dusted Bear post. Find the guy in the picture. In case you couldn’t find him, here he is. This is in the lower left of the picture. This is a screen shot of the image at 1:1 magnification (1 picture pixel is one screen pixel). If you look closely, you can see his dog. mcdewey

Lichen Rock

Lichen Rock

Lichen (the green stuff) is a composite organism consisting of a fungus and an algae. The algae creates sugars via photosynthesis that feeds both the algae and fungus. The fungus provides structural protection for the algae plus helps to retain moisture and minerals. Some lichens grow at a predictable rate allowing the size to be used to determine how long a rock has been in its current location. The differing colors of lichen are due to the different species of lichen…

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Dear Duo

Dear Duo

This picture was taken on Table Mesa in Boulder near NCAR. There is no hunting in the  Boulder Mountain Parks. This makes the deer unafraid of people. These two were just waiting for me to get out of their way so they could mosey along. The sun was behind them which normally makes getting a good image tough. However, the day was overcast which provided more ambient light to illuminate their faces. On a sunny day, the shadows can be…

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Dusted Bear

Dusted Bear

Bear Mountain in Boulder as seen from NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research). Bear Mountain is one of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. In other words, this is a small mountain. It is hard to grasp the size in pictures. But, there is a person in this one. Let’s call him Waldo. Can you find him? Hint, he is walking his dog. mcdewey