My various adventures of a "Going Outside and Doing Things" nature, mostly in the great outdoors of Colorado. Hiking, playing with the dogs, rock hunting, abandoned houses, gardening... and probably more!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

December 22nd: Let it Snow

So we're coming to the tail end of the largest snowstorm we've had yet this season. At least it's coming rather seasonally right before Christmas? So hey, internet! Let me show you pictures of snow! And my dog! My dog in the snow!

We made the... questionable... choice to go meet some friends for dinner last night, despite the weather. Getting home afterwards was all kinds of exciting on the slick and untreated roads.

Reflections doing something odd with that light.

The flash shows how much snow was coming down.

Though the Christmas lights look very festive in the snow.
(The green and red window to the left is ours.)

And then we got up this morning:
The snow piled up around the back door.

This is how much snow we got, as viewed on our back patio.

The street in front of the house.

Alex's car. (Don't think we'll be going out today.) Fortunately I have another ride to work.
But at least Chai likes the snow.

Shovel it with your face, dog.

Playing snowplow.
And action shots as he runs!

These are my favorite shots:

And here's a video of him running:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

November 12, 2011: The Denver Butterfly Pavilion

So this happened a while ago, but at least I'm getting to it the same MONTH it actually happened.

My dad is a musician, but he was hired on to be the sound guy for a benefit at the Butterfly Pavilion in Denver. This is apparently one of their major fundraising events for the year, and I was glad to hear that it apparently went very well. But we (myself, my boyfriend, and my sister) were invited to come along and at least take a look around. We've all been here before, but I wasn't going to turn down the invitation! We wound up with not a whole lot of time to poke around, as they were closing, and we didn't want to hinder anyone trying to go about their business. But we still got to wander around and I got some nice pictures.

This is a very picture heavy post, but none of the images are fullsize. Click to embiggen, should you wish.

The large praying mantis statue outside.

 So menacing!

The setup for the benefit. It was very pretty. Since it was a dinner for rich people though, we didn't get to stay for that part. :P

While it is the butterfly pavilion, they have all sorts of critters. Mostly invertebrates, but some fish as well. We sadly skipped the creepy crawlies this time, the tarantulas and things, since we were working backwards and ran out of time.

But here's the water critters stuff:


A little anemone that had started clinging to some kelp, rather than a sturdier base.


 Horseshoe crab! Sea urchin!

And now the butterflies!

Board of cocoons. I really like the little shiny ones... They look like Christmas ornaments.

 The first butterfly I saw in the room.

 Then I leaned around at a very bad angle to get a picture of its back without looking. 
But worth it! Lovely tiger stripes.

A cute little one.

 Sexy, sexy butterflies. These two were really neat, though. They're each about as big as my hand, and the difference between the sexes is really cool to see so well.

Closeup one!

Closeup two!

Not a butterfly.


 Nice owl-eye spots!

And then Alex called me over. They'd misted the upper canopy to chase some of the butterflies down, and they were basically swarming:

That's a lot of butterflies!

 Lots and lots of butterflies.

More sexy butterflies. Interesting that these two don't look anything like each other.

 A whole line of the spotted ones!

Alex walked right under this one without noticing it.

And then Alex said, "I think there's a butterfly on my head."

 And I said, "Yes, there is a butterfly on your head."

 One of the same kind landed on my head too, but I couldn't take a picture of that.

 These are some of the prettiest ones, I think. Not super colorful, but still so pretty. Stained-glass like.

 The same kind as the super sexy ones from before.

A different white one.

 It's really hard to get these guys with their wings open. It's such a bright and intense blue! Shame I couldn't get closer.

And I know this one is disappointingly blurry. But the colors are so nice I didn't want to scrap the picture.

After this, we went home, since my sister was feeling kind of sick. Evidently my dad got to do a little "behind the scenes" tour after he did the soundchecks. There's some hope that we might be able to do something similar in the future, which I would love!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

October 26, 2011: And then it snowed

So my last post was in early October, at which point it had gotten rather suddenly cold. And I complained. We actually did get a light dusting of snow a couple days after that. But then it went back to really being very nice out, and we enjoyed a couple more weeks of pleasant temperatures. It was a nice fall, which is something we don't always get here.

And then it really snowed. I'm pretty sure it's the same storm system that's now assaulting the east coast, but it came through here and dumped a fair amount of snow on us. This is a lot of snow for us in October; the temperatures and snow in general aren't unheard of, but this is more than usual.

Click to embiggen pictures.

Our back deck area. And still snowing!

The neighbor's tree leaning over our fence (and the stupid little sumac we can't get rid of, which broke under the snow.)

The tree in the front. The branches aren't normally anywhere near the ground.

Those branches from underneath.

Our husky, Chai.

He looks a little terrified here, lol. He absolutely loves when it snows, though.

Chai expresses his love of snow by shoveling it. With his face.

And it's awesome.

We want him to make snow angels for us.

The snow has mostly melted, now, but is still clinging in the shadows. And we're supposed to get more next Wednesday. I can't wait. (Except it's that other thing, where I hate snow.)

I do have some nice pictures of the autumn color to post though, so I'll try and do that soon. :)