July 24, 2015
We have been sitting here in Tucson for two weeks. Well worth the wait...
We can't leave just yet though. Two of the three biopsies from the dermatologist came back positive so MOHS surgery is scheduled for Monday.
|Telluride, July 7, 2015
|Killdeer nest on the ground...often on gravel. They don't line the nest with anything and their speckled eggs look like stones.
|They are very noisy. Their voice is a "far-carrying, excited kill-deer sound".
|They run across the ground in spurts, stopping with a jolt to check their progress or to see if they have startled any insects to snack on.
|Killdeer are plovers common to lawns with low vegetation. This species is one of the least water-associated of all shorebirds.
|American Bistort Flower
|Blue Columbine...declared the Colorado state flower in 1899.
|Some say the blue represents the Colorado skies, the yellow center represents gold ore and the white, the snow-capped mountains...what a beauty!
|Monument Plant...a mountain meadow plant. The plant can live up to 60 years storing up energy to bloom and make a seed. All the energy is used to grow a stalk that may tower up to 9 feet tall, bearing hundreds of flowers. After the plant flowers, it dies leaving thousands of seeds to carry on.
|Blooms on a monument plant...
|Rosy Paintbrush...all the "paintbrush" flowers are in the
|Purple Fringe Flower
|Moss Campion...each plant may live over 100 years and can become a "nursery" plant for other alpine species providing shelter, moisture, and soil for seeds to germinate and grow.
|Mountain Blue Violet
|Blue Flax...each five-petaled flower blooms for one day and then sheds its petals. A single plant will bloom for several weeks and then develop dozens of tiny bowl-shaped pods full of seeds to be scattered in the wind.
|The sign at the pass says elevation 11,789 feet.
|The pass...the snow is thicker than it looks.
|Just crossing over the pass and heading down.
|The narrow, rocky shelf road...zoomed in.
|Looking down on the little town of Ophir in the valley.
|These plants were so tall, they were right outside my window.
|Usually the water flowing off the mountains is so clear, but here it is a golden color.