Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring has begun

view from a hike near Livingston Peak in southwestern Montana

Spring has arrived in Utah.  Astronomical spring has begun, and the temperatures have been on the rise.  We've been sleeping with our bedroom window open.  We were one number shy of 80 degrees Fahrenheit this past weekend.  Three record highs have been broken since last Tuesday.  I've heard that mosquitoes are already buzzing around the wildlife refuges north of Salt Lake City.  And I have the fever to get outside and hike.  Friends have already been on trails along the Wasatch Front, and I find myself eagerly looking forward to following suit. 

view of the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from Artist Point

Sunday, March 12, 2017

"Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done and suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals, whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts." - John Muir

More light in the evenings makes me hopeful for more scenes like this - the eastern side of the Stansbury Mountains.  We're hoping to spend some time walking amongst green alpine meadows in the upcoming months.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

wings and feathers

Two weeks ago we took a trip to the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum at the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah.  There was a nature photography exhibit that was rather inspiring, and their permanent exhibits are impressive as well.  I had the most fun in the bird gallery and the insect alcove (so many butterflies!).  However, the entire museum is well worth the visit.  Giraffes, an elephant, lions, wolves, elk, a wolverine, even a polar bear were all on display.  Dead, of course.  (Well, taxidermy animals might be a better description.)  The BYU campus is, in fact, home to several museums.  There is also a Museum of Art, a Museum of Paleontology, and a Museum of Peoples and Cultures.