Scenes from Utah

As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, my kids and I traveled to Utah early in September, and we had a fabulous time. The trip reminded me for the second time this year (the first was our visit to Joshua Tree National Park this past spring) how much I love the western United States and how much I love the desert especially. Next time I travel west, I hope to visit some or all of the five National Parks in Utah. I’ve been to Arches, but it bears a return trip, especially now that I’ve read Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey.

But even staying in and near Salt Lake City, we had a blast. Some photos from our adventures, curated to remove anything unpleasant—like my son’s epic nosebleed and almost-very-bad head wound—because that’s what blogs are for:

Tracy Aviary, Salt Lake City:

Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship, Midway, Utah:

Salt Lake City Public Library:

Around Salt Lake City:

 

Garden in the Woods

Earlier this month, we visited Garden in the Woods in Framingham, Massachusetts, where we met some of my spouse’s former workmates. We had a picnic lunch and then walked around. It was hot and my kids were kind of complainy with Dad and his friends talking science all afternoon, but I did my best to ignore them all and enjoy the scenery, camera in hand.

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Nature in the Neighborhood

We see a lot of plants and animals on our hikes, but we don’t need to head into the woods to see nature.

On a walk around our neighborhood this past weekend, we spotted this katydid standing on the sidewalk. I think it’s a Northern Bush Katydid (Scudderia septentrionalis).

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Wordless: Family Photo

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December 2015

Transitions

In the photos from our weekly walks, the transition from early fall to late fall is apparent.

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You can see our most recent Weekly Walk here.

Wordless: Swoop

 

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October 2015

Wordless: Red

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Hiking down Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, Massachusetts, September 2015

Wordless: Autumn Critters 2

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American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

On the way up Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, Massachusetts, September 2015

Wordless: Autumn Critters 1

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Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillar (Lophocampa caryae) (I think)

On the way up Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, Massachusetts, September 2015

Wordless: Heart

 

 

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On the way up Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, Massachusetts, September 2015