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Butterfly Center, Dallas, Texas

Some friends (Naomi and Larry, thanks!) suggested we visit the Butterfly Discovery Center in Dallas.  Never heard of it before, so we thought it would be a good idea.  Especially since we are currently in a heat wave in Dallas, It was really hot outside, and the butterfly exhibit was inside, so this seemed like a good idea.

If you ever visit a butterfly exhibit that is inside, remember that it is usually a tropical environment.  It was hot and humid inside, so much so, it felt good to go outside in the high 90’s heat!

If you want to take butterfly pictures, have a good camera and lens, and fast reflexes.  These little buggers move fast and unpredictable!  However, I managed to get a few that were resting a bit.  It really was an interesting exhibit, both inside and out.  The gardens outside by themselves is worth a visit, and it’s cheap.  We recommend a visit here.

 

Our first hike of the year

March 20, 2017 Leave a comment

WE plan on a lot of hikes this summer, when we travel through Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Washington.  So we have been taking fairly long walks around the RV park most every day.  However, nothing like putting on the hiking boots, throwing on the backpack, and going through the woods.  Today was our first day!

WE drove up to Sam Houston National Forest, where there is a long trail called the Lone Star Hiking Trail.  It is some 100 miles long, so we cleverly decided just to walk 4 miles of it.  It was nice to have the boots back on and spend some time in the forest!

Ths trails skirts Lake Conroe, so we get to see some of the lake.  It is a bit early for flowers, but some of the early bloomers are starting to pop up.  We enjoy being in the woods!

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Dallas Arboretum

January 10, 2017 Leave a comment

So we’re dog sitting for our daughter, who lives close to the Dallas Arboretum.  And we have a membership which will expire soon.  And the cold weather has magically transformed to warm.. today’s high will be around 75 degrees.  Sweet!

So, we went for a little walk through the Arboretum.  There wasn’t much to see, the Christmas exhibits are being torn down.  And much of the plants are being transitioned from winter to spring, so there was a lot of dead and dying plants as well as new plantings.  Nevertheless, there was some color, so we did snap a few images.

Looking forward to later in the spring time!

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Fort Steele, BC

September 15, 2016 Leave a comment

Fort Steele was founded in 1864 to support the gold rush of that area.   In fact,  more gold was mined here than in California.  After the gold rush, the city continued to grow.   However,  the railroad decided to build a new station to what is now Cranbrook,  and Fort Steele became a ghost town. 

The town was named after famed NWMP Superintendent Sam Steele, legendary lawman who settled a major dispute between town folks and the First Nation people.

In the late 1970’s there was a move to restore the town as a historical center,  and it is now open for reviewing life in the 1890’s.  It is now one of the premier tourist attractions in BC, attracting millions of visitors. 

Below is a collage of some of the images we took on our visit.

Marble Canyon, Ochre Paint Pots

September 14, 2016 Leave a comment

Our drive today took us from the Banff area to Radium Hot Springs.  We followed highway 93, which cuts through the mountains of Kootenay National Park.  Our first stop was at Marble Canyon.  This is an impressive display of the power of water,  as the river has cut a deep Canyon through the limestone.  The progression of the canyon over time has resulted in some very deep channels and unique configurations.

Our next stop was at the Paint Pots, where the Vermilion River runs through iron rich soil and gains a deep orange  yellow.   This ochre color was important to the native residents, as the color played an important role in local rituals.  In the 1890’s the ochre earth was mined and used as a base for colored paint.   Active mining ended in the mid 1930’s.  The area is still considered sacred by the First Nation people.

The water starts its journey high in the mountains

The river just before it enters the canyon

The first deep pool starts the erosion process. Note the shadows of the bridge we were standing on.

Down stream in the canyon

The water even made a natural bridge by undercutting

Finally, the water joins another river and heads further downstream.

You can see how the Vermillion river changes to bright orange/yellow which makes the colored soil

One of the pools or pots where the color was mined.  A clear creek feeds in giving it the greenish color

There still is a lot of color left on the grounds

Lake Louise, Lake Moraine

September 12, 2016 Leave a comment

​On our first day in the BC Rockies we visited Lake Louise and Lake Moraine.  These are the icons of the Rockies, and even now.. with the high season over…. it was a chore to find a parking spot.  But we did, and it was worth it. 

At Lake Louise, we hiked to the Fairview Lookout, a short (1 1/2 mile) but steep hike which ended with a magnificent view of the lake and the Fairview Chateau hotel. At Lake Moraine,  we followed the Lakeshore trail where we enjoyed different views of the lake.   And also a superb view of the Fay Glacier, high in the mountains. 

We were just a little early,  but the Larch trees are starting to change color.  This is the only evergreen tree that drops its needles, but just before they do they turn a magnificent gold color.

The most photographed view of Lake Louise

Looking back at the Fairview Chateau

Looking north on Lake Moraine

Looking south on Lake Moraine

The colors of the water are worth a photograph

Fay Glacier, high up the mountains

The Larch trees are starting to turn

Lobo Overlook, Colorado

August 12, 2016 Leave a comment

If you drive over Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado, you’ll see a small dirt road heading north, close to the ski area.  Take that maybe 3 miles, but don’t be afraid of heights, it is a small and narrow road with big drop offs.  But once you get to the top you will be rewarded with terrific views, in all directions.  And it was such a great day, too!

Here are some of the pictures we took at the top overlook.  Although I have processed these images some, the deep dark sky is mainly due to the elevation: around 11,600 ft.