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Plants of the Western Slope May 17, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope May 17, 2017

I certainly enjoyed lunch with my friend, Barbara. And now I'm driving along Tongue Creek Road because there's so much less traffic here than on Highway 65 and I can look at the landscape. There's not much to see except for the Dobe' Daisies.

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Plants of the Western Slope April 26, 2017

Gray again. Light gray sky, dark gray sky, and angry-looking gray clouds everywhere.

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Plants of the Western Slope March 29, 2017

There's still plenty of snow on Grand Mesa and Craig Crest is still a brilliant white. How I long for summer!

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Plants of the Western Slope Feb. 8, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope Feb. 8, 2017

It's still trying to snow ... I can't see Jeff's (our neighbor to the south) or Sharla's (our neighbor to the north). But yesterday I had a glimpse of the San Juan Mountains (at least there were angry clouds where I knew those mountains were!)

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Plants of the Western Slope Jan. 25, 2017

How grand! The sky is blue (yes, a few clouds are around but I'm ignoring them). The sky is bright! And Terri just told us that there are "thousands" of cranes at the Escalante area! And the sky is blue!

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Plants of the Western Slope Jan. 18, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope Jan. 18, 2017

On leaving Delta, we took 1600 Road, then turned onto the Trap Club Road and followed it past the landfill. As we neared the junction with North Road, I began to carefully note the roadside vegetation.

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Plants of the Western Slope Nov. 2, 2016

Perhaps you will recall my column of Sept. 6 about cattails. Or perhaps you'll remember the photo below and that I mentioned that I hadn't seen a cattail like that. Well, now I've been more observant!

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Plants of the Western Slope Oct. 26, 2016

I'm driving up this familiar back road, named Hulteen Road, and again I wonder about that name. The adjacent fields lie fallow, the sunlight is bright after the recent days of storm and I can see snow on the Grand Mesa. Summer's over.

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Plants of the Western Slope Oct. 19, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope Oct. 19, 2016

Our neighbor's flag droops upon its pole. The roadside grasses are unmoving. But the leaves on our cottonwoods do their fluttering dance in the invisible breeze.

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Plants of the Western Slope Oct. 5, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope Oct. 5, 2016

Just past the Cory Store, Allen and I can look down on the fields along Tongue Creek. Big hay-rolls stand in the stubble fields contrasting with the gray-tan of the 'dobie badlands beyond.

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Plants of the Western Slope Sept. 7, 2016

The water at Hart's Basin has gone down, but slowly, and it was very high this year. So, surprisingly the upper bed of cattails is still in bloom!

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Plants of the Western Slope August 31, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope August 31, 2016

My, but it's nice to be home again. I was writing about my shorebird trip to the state of Washington that included the varied thrush and the backyard chestnut-backed chickadee, the Caspian tern and the fantastic Harlequin duck. It was a marvelous time! Memories for a lifetime!

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Plants of the Western Slope August 17, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope August 17, 2016

Well, I'm back home with a column that just won't wait! I was writing about my shorebird trip to the state of Washington, but the Century Plant at my friend's home in Cedaredge is in bloom -- spectacular!

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Plants of the Western Slope July 6, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope July 6, 2016

There are, or were, three wasp nests along the front eaves of our home. Or rather, they were being built.

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Plants of the Western Slope June 22, 2016

They're everywhere! Scattered through the unmown field, along the ditch bank, and all along the edge of the highways -- Mountain Puffballs! The dandelion seed heads are so very small in comparison, for these are about four inches in diameter, much larger than the flowers that preceded them.

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Plants of the Western Slope June 8, 2016

Along this familiar stretch of road there were clumps of Jim Hill Mustard last week. And here they are, still in full bloom!

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Plants of the Western Slope May 4, 2016

Yes. Five separate petals and lots of stamens: That fits the rose family. And most of the lovely blossoming fruit trees in our area fit that description, too. Luckily, our delightful blossoming trees have not been frostbitten. Yet.

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Plants of the Western Slope April 20, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope April 20, 2016

It's that time again! Purple mustard is everywhere! I am tired of writing about weeds, but this one is too abundant to ignore.

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Plants of the Western Slope March 30, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope March 30, 2016

We're sitting here looking at the Grand Mesa with its storm clouds and swirling winds. But our greening lawn and the pasture across the road are bright with sunlight.

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Plants of the Western Slope February 10, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope February 10, 2016

Another gray day. I enjoy the view of the Grand Mesa from our dining room window but this morning the view is discouraging ... gray, gray, and more gray!

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Plants of the Western Slope January 20, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope January 20, 2016

I am weary of winter and it's only the middle of January! I could see the Grand Mesa yesterday but this morning it's only a mass-mess of clouds.

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Plants of the Western Slope December 30, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope December 30, 2015

The top of Grand Mesa has vanished -- again. I stepped out the back door a few minutes ago and that was far enough to know it is cold outside!

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Plants of the Western Slope December 16, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope December 16, 2015

Over a year ago, I wrote a column on mistletoe. In my mind's eye, I was walking through an oak woodland in Wisconsin.

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Plants of the Western Slope December 9, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope December 9, 2015

Today the sky is clear ... what a nice change! It's been gray day after day, but it isn't warmer.

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Plants of the Western Slope November 25, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope November 25, 2015

As we come through our driveway, we note that the Mahonia berries have darkened from red to ruby-red. The orange Pyrancantha berries seem brighter ... or is it that the landscape has become darker ... more gray than tawny?

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Plants of the Western Slope November 18, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope November 18, 2015

Another "nothing" bush. But it's been a favorite of mine for years. We planted some right by the entrance to our yard a few years ago -- and found that I'm allergic to it!

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