Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Solar Eclipse

Totality, 21 August 2017, as seen from the Lost River Valley at the foot of Mount Borah, Idaho's tallest peak.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Black-chinned Hummingbird - Archilochus alexandri (Slow motion video)

I suppose this is my first slow motion video.  The black-chinned hummingbird has a gorget that flashes bright purple when the sun hits just so, but usually it looks black.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Birding Southern Idaho

On our way home we visited a wide variety of habitats, taking secondary roads instead of the Interstate.

Woods' Rose
Rosa woodsii

 Red-naped Sapsucker
Sphyrapicus nuchalis

House Wren
Troglodytes aedon

Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided)
Junco hyemalis

Franklin's Gull
Leucophaeus pipixcan

Friday, July 31, 2015


The last day of the conference we set out on our own to visit some nearby areas, including a hike into the Jedediah Smith Wilderness.

Bluebell Bellflower
Campanula rotundifolia

Cyndi photographing the Bluebell Bellflower
Campanula rotundifolia

Red Clover
 Trifolium pratense

pollinator on False Hellebore
Veratrum californicum

Columbian Monkshood
Aconitum columbianum

False Hellebore
Veratrum californicum
and Cyndi with Coneflower and  Red Clover

Bumblebee and Larkspur
Bombus and Delphinium sp.

Explorer's Gentian
Gentian calycosa

Ruffed Grouse
Bonasa umbellus

Mourning Cloak butterfly on Cow Parsnip (I think ... all feedback about identifications is welcomed).

Sticky Geranium
Geranium viscosissimum

This large lichen was growing on the forest floor.

Grand Teton, near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Botanizing, Grand Targhee Ski Area

The Grand Targhee Ski Area opens its lifts in the summertime so mountain bicyclists can take their bikes on the lift to the top, and ride the trails down for that adrenaline rush all speed junkies crave.  Cyndi and I went on a field trip with the naturalist, to view the alpine wildflowers.

Small-flowered Penstemon
Penstemon procerus

Sulphur Indian Paintbrush
Castilleja sulphurea

Alpine Milkvetch
Astragalus alpinus

Colorado Blue Columbine
Aquilegia coerulea

Shooting Star
Dodecatheon conjugens

Desert Parsley
Lomatium cous

Green Gentian or Elkweed
Frasera speciosa

Alpine Wildflowers

Grand Teton

Alpine Wildflowers 
including the orange Wyoming Indian Paintbrush
Castilleja linariifolia

Ochotona sp.

Parry's Primrose
Primula parryi

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Yellowstone National Park, Norris Geyser Basin, Steamboat and Vixen geysers

Late in the day we arrived at our destination, the Norris Geyser Basin, welcomed by a slight drizzle that became more pervasive as we walked the loop.  The Steamboat Geyser has been the highest geyser on the planet, a few years back, so one is tempted to sit and wait, just in case it does it again.  It was shooting 10 to 30 feet in the air while I watched in eager anticipation.

The Vixen Geyser is worth the brief wait for its frequent spurts of activity.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mesa Falls, Henry's Fork, Snake River, Idaho

Cyndi and I took a detour to view Lower Mesa Falls on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River on our way to Yellowstone National Park.  How very awesome.

Above is Lower Mesa Falls.

Fireweed Chamerion angustifolium

I call this one, "I love my iPhone."  Both Cyndi and I got iPhones on a shared plan, and Cyndi often claims to hate it, and says it is very expensive (which it was).  But she's often seen holding it up to scan the scenery, and I'm often caught talking to mine.

I'm not trying to do some product placement here, and have not had the chance to try out the competing products.  I'm just saying, to see us becoming one with our technology is an interesting journey and raises a lot of questions.

I needed a cell phone with pager capability for work.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

You can really begin to get an idea of how big this waterfall is when you view the image below full size by clicking on it, and see that there's a second observation deck beyond the first, one that is right at the top of 
Upper Mesa Falls.

The cascade is about 200 feet wide, and the vertical drop is 114 feet.