Couple More Nature Photos (SLV – end of July – early August, 2015)

Crestone, Colorado — August 8, 2015

Couple photos from the area I live in, all taken in the past two weeks:

DSCN4946Rain in the past 10 days has reduced the lingering snow spots to just the couple larger ones.  In a downpour in the early hours of August 3rd, much of it melted away, even as the storm very temporarily brought a bit of snow to the highest peaks:

AUg3_2015_snowHighestPeaks  DSCN5339 DSCN5341 DSCN5457halved–> See this tree in May @ May Snowfall Record Broken: 40 cm (16″) of Fresh Snow ! (Southern Colorado, May 9-10, 2015) (or the Japanese version @

DSCN5481 DSCN5515 DSCN5512 DSCN5129  DSCN5319–> this beetle incorporates lichen-look-alike patterns into its camouflage!  How cool is thát! ;-)  

For some data on the radioactive content of the local lichen, or what appears likely to have been in the rainwater in an oddly radioactive thunderstorm in mid-June, see my wrap-up post, “Synopsis / Improved Version: ‘Mainland USA June 14 2015 Radioactive Rain & Lichen Data Revisited’.

DSCN5163 DSCN5085 DSCN5344 DSCN5352 DSCN5354 DSCN5356 DSCN5358

DSCN5131Trees  –  by Joyce Kilmer (1913)

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

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