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12 May 2006 @ 04:38 pm
Hello...  
...I'm fat and out of shape. Go me! (Not much to be done about that... Er, rather, not much to be done about it immediately, but the mitigation effort is underway.)

Anyway, saw a rattlesnake at the top of Green Mountain today (and some deer, but that's not really noteworthy. The rattler, on the other hand, was at the edge of its habitable range, I was surprised to see one that high, 7k feet or so is usually about it for them). The wildflowers are just getting going, too (it's that time of year again -- the time of year when Colorado more or less overnight goes from not-green to green). Saw some indian paintbrushes (my favorite).
 
 
In the mood: discontentdiscontent
 
 
 
asakiyume: the sourceasakiyume on May 13th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great hike. Indian paintbrush must be beautiful!

The only bright red wildflower around here that I can think of is wild columbine--that's really pretty when you chance upon it.

I love snakes, but I might be leery of a poisonous one.
Douglas Triggs: domo-kun is a viking!doubt72 on May 13th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
Well, you see rattlesnakes around here all the time -- I probably see several a year on average. It's not a big deal, they're really pretty placid.

Columbine? Is that the same plant as the Colorado state flower? Here they're always blue, though.

Ah, wikipedia tells me that the state flower is actually specifically the blue columbine, it's actually a rather large genus of flowering plants.
asakiyume: holycarpasakiyume on May 13th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
Here's the flower I mean:

Douglas Triggs: bluedoubt72 on May 13th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
Looks like a distant relative.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia_caerulea

I've never seen one any color but the top picture.
redfiermaredfierma on May 15th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Wait, we have a green season?

I must have blinked. :)
Douglas Triggs: quandrydoubt72 on May 15th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
A month... Maybe two. May, sometimes June, and occasionally (when we have a particularly wet spring/summer), July. By August, forget it, everything's dried out.

Have you successfully endured the semester's end yet?
redfiermaredfierma on May 15th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
Successfully? Perhaps. We shall see. However, I now am laid up after having hiked five miles on a severely sprained ankle, as well as having stomach unhappiness, so other parts of the semester's end weren't as successful.
Douglas Triggs: domo-kun is a viking!doubt72 on May 15th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
Good luck -- and now that I've done a quick catch-up scan of LJ, good luck on the rest, too. Positive thoughts being sent your way.

But at least the sprained ankle lets you know you're alive (having hiked out a few times on sprained ankles, over-strained knees and the like, well, I know how that feels. That is -- "Ow, I'm alive. Ow."). And, well, unlike a stomach bug or unwelcome drama, it's something you kinda earned, too. If you have any idea what I mean.

Actually, now that I've stopped and thought about how many times I've done it, I'm really a bit of a walking disaster. Yeesh.