This Week in the Life

Today is the start of Ali Edwards' Week in the Life - and what a week it's going to be! Here in the greater Yellowstone area, this next weekend is opening weekend for the north and west entrances (the east entrance is still a few weeks away). It's our first chance to...

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Why is it called Black Pool when it’s blue?

One of the most often asked questions at West Thumb Geyser Basin is, "Why is it called Black Pool when it's blue?" This NPS photo from 1978 shows how it used to look, which is black. The microbes lining the surface of the crater were said to be a dark orange or brown...

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Living a well-storied life

Awhile back, I listened to a podcast where the host stumbled onto the secret of living the best stories you can. Scrapbookers and memory keepers already know this. And it's why I started keeping a field journal of my life along with field notes and morning pages. It...

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Late March 2017 Phenology Report

It's been a gray, drizzly day today as I write this and the driveway is full of fallen catkins from the neighbor's aspen trees. Tomorrow has the forecast of snow showers followed by a day of sun and yet another system to move in after that. Daffodils and crocuses are...

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March 11 – Saturday Phenology Drive

The bluebirds are back! The image above comes from a friend of mine out in Wapiti who reported seeing the first ones arrive on March 10 this year. Often it's just the males first, but this year quite a few pairs showed up together and already house hunting. So...

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Looking for Mountain Bluebirds on South Fork

Starting a phenology journal is as simple as noting when you observe the firsts of the year. And the Mountain Bluebirds should show up in the greater Yellowstone area anytime in the next week or so. Each year you make notes of the firsts, you go back through and start...

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Is the answer to routines in phenology?

Can you feel the changes happening with the days getting longer and the small signs of spring starting to emerge? This is the time of year when winter and summer take turns making that shift. We'll have a few warm days, then that wild Wyoming wind blows in the next...

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Seeing signs of Spring

They're coming! The Mountain Bluebirds are on their way. It's the surest sign of spring we all look for out here and an email list came through today saying they saw the first ones outside of Laramie. Next they should be seen in the Casper area and then the...

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Where have all the rabbits gone?

11 Feb 2017 | Ever since the last few snow storms that moved through, the rabbits we would regularly see have all disappeared. In fact, the past few days, I continually look specifically for them and find none. Then last night while taking Rhad out (my corgi that's...

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Looking for Spring

The chinook winds are (still) blowing this morning as I write and the streets in town that were full of water yesterday are drying out. The winds have melted the 8" or so we got from the last storm and are working on the snow left from December. Friends mentioned...

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My word for 2017: FLOW

We only have this life we lead and our job is to tell the best story with it that we can. Again this year I have a word to guide me - to remind me what I need to add or drop in my life to live more fully. To do a better job at living the Story I lead. For 2017,...

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Giant Geyser Awakening?

Geyser Gazers in Yellowstone yesterday had a great kick off to 2017 with a Hot Period from Giant Geyser.  They noticed Grotto Geyser was recovering from a "marathon" eruption - one that lasts a long time and drains the system enough to give Giant Geyser an opportunity...

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