More Than Just Parks

More Than Just Parks

Oh my gosh! If you love nature, you will more than enjoy More Than Just Parks. The HD video shorts are more than inspirational. They are phenomenal! And they bring tears to this once, far away, western yahoo. -dM

Casper Mountain Pegmatite Reclaimed

Casper Mountain Pegmatite Reclaimed

It’s been awhile since I’ve visited that haunted pegmatite on Casper Mountain. But the Sheep Herder Hill fire is out. The roads are open. And it was a perfect day to take a fall drive and visit the mountain. This old mining site was a great place to collect nondescript, but beautiful fluorescent pegmatite and serpentinite specimens. But that’s all changed now. the pit has […]

Sheep Herder Hill Fire

Sheep Herder Hill Fire

Casper Mountain is on fire. It’s been 6 years since the last major fire there. And we have all been holding our breath, this season, and waiting for snow. first smoke appeared 8/9/12 about 4pm aerial attack began using single engine agriculture type aircraft on 8/10 the fire blows up it spots up to a mile in front of the main fire winds are high […]

UFO

Just saw a UFO. I can’t believe it! My wife was looking out the backyard picture window and called me to come take a look. So, I did. And I’ve never seen anything like it before. Background: I’m an amateur astronomer and have been watching the night skies since my youth. I’ve got a Celestron telescope sitting in my basement. And I’ve been around aviation as […]

It’s Spring

It’s Spring

It’s April 1st and like most April 1st’s, my spirit soars as the winter doldrums pass and are replaced with the promise of new abundance. That winter malaise, so often the result of a lack of vitamin D and a boring winter diet will soon give way to nature’s best. And it should be a good year indeed: Ah, there’s nothing like all natural spaghetti! […]

The Dark Side of Casper Mountain

The Dark Side of Casper Mountain

The Mine I’ve spent a lot of time hunting fluorescent minerals on Casper Mountain. Looking at my Confessions page, I’ve probably spent way too much time there. But until now, only half the story has been told. Here’s the other half. And it’s as intriguing as the fluorescent mineral side of the story. Collecting fluorescent minerals requires: going to out of the way places late […]

Anticipation!

Anticipation!

It happens every year. And now it’s that time again. A month ago, I got a tinge of intellectual pessimism. And it was especially strong this year. My hives were in terrible shape when I last saw them October 25. In fact, I’d never seen them in worse shape. They were struggling with complicated viral infections. And they had been sprayed twice. In my commercial […]

Hang On Pardner, It’s Gonna Buck.

Hang On Pardner, It’s Gonna Buck.

Here’s Today’s Hazardous Weather Outlook. It includes a freeze warning for tonight. Some hot, windy weather. And then a taste of snow for Sunday and Labor Day: HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RIVERTON WY 500 AM MDT THU SEP 2 2010 …-CASPER MOUNTAIN-…NATRONA COUNTY LOWER ELEVATIONS-… THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR WESTERN AND CENTRAL WYOMING. .DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT SOME LOCATIONS TONIGHT…ESPECIALLY IN […]

Still Trucking

Still Trucking

Flood Water It’s summer again in Wyoming. And just in time, as the winter runoff and the last spring storm has the North Platte River running at maximum without flooding. Queens Introducing queens is a risky business. Seems most beekeepers have their own methods. And methods often completely contradict each other. I’d like to see a study on the different methods. The first think I […]

Winter Storm Warning!

Winter Storm Warning!

What! It’s a winter storm warning? Here’s one reason it’s so hard to keep Wyoming bees at much higher elevations than at the bottom of the basins. I’ve seen this kind of weather continue into July. Abate until the end of August and then startup again. That’s leaves only a few brood cycles which will just barely get a hive up to speed before the […]

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