Fourth of July Pictures

It has been a busy summer so far, lots of family activities and work projects have called for long hours.  On the fourth of July we headed to my folks house near Red Feather Lakes Colorado for some needed R&R; and for my daughter and mom to finish a 4-H project, her very ambitious quilt!  I took the camera and was able to catch timelapse video and some interesting pictures.  The video is forthcoming, but here are some of my favorite stills.  As always, images can be clicked for a larger perspective!

Their house had three outside lights and each day there were a variety of moths hanging out on the side of the house.  I’ve never seen thing large of a variety in one spot before.

Signoid Prominent Moth (Clostera albosigma)

Signoid Prominent Moth (Clostera albosigma)

Big Poplar Sphinx Moth (Pachysphinx modesta)

Big Poplar Sphinx Moth (Pachysphinx modesta)

Big Poplar Sphinx Moth (Pachysphinx modesta)

Big Poplar Sphinx Moth (Pachysphinx modesta)

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St. Lawrence Tiger Moth (Platarctia parthenos)

St. Lawrence Tiger Moth (Platarctia parthenos)

Fly on Columbine

Fly on Columbine. Colorado’s state flower and state pest! 🙂

Morning Glory Plume moth (Emmelina monodactyla)

Morning Glory Plume moth (Emmelina monodactyla)

Morning Glory Plume moth (Emmelina monodactyla)

Morning Glory Plume moth (Emmelina monodactyla)

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St. Lawrence Tiger Moth (Platarctia parthenos)

St. Lawrence Tiger Moth (Platarctia parthenos)

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Boogie and the Big Poplar Sphinx Moth

Boogie and the Big Poplar Sphinx Moth

St. Lawrence Tiger Moth (Platarctia parthenos)

St. Lawrence Tiger Moth (Platarctia parthenos)

One-eyed Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus cerisyi)

One-eyed Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus cerisyi)

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Green Fly

Green Fly

Small-eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias myops)

Small-eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias myops)

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 Angulose Prominent Moth

Angulose Prominent Moth

White Furcula Moth (Furcula borealis)

White Furcula Moth (Furcula borealis)

One-eyed Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus cerisyi)

One-eyed Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus cerisyi)

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Didn’t rain too much, but this storm put off a great rainbow!

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Tooks some photos of the quilting process.  Many will go on Daphne’s presentation and in her record book.

Daphne's first quilt on Grandma's quilting machine

Daphne’s first quilt on Grandma’s quilting machine

Mom's Pin cushion

Mom’s Pin cushion

Mom's fabric all sorted

Mom’s fabric all sorted

My son, my dad, and I took a drive up to Deadman Fire Watch Tower / lookout.

Deadman fire watch tower

Deadman fire watch tower

Rawah Wilderness

Rawah Wilderness from Dead Man fire watch tower

Crystal Lakes and Northern Colorado Front Range

Crystal Lakes and Northern Colorado Front Range from Deadman fire watch tower

Deadman fire watch tower

Deadman fire watch tower

Old Deadman wooden tower base

Old Deadman wooden tower base

Lush green floor in the forest

Lush green floor in the forest

Interesting forest panorama

Interesting forest panorama

Larimer County meadow looking at the Rawah Wilderness

Larimer County meadow looking at the Rawah Wilderness

Deadman Creek valley

Deadman Creek valley

Reflect & Refract

Reflect & Refract

North Fork Cache de Poudre River

North Fork Cache de Poudre RiverJul

Backyard Mycology

Need help from all of you with Mycology expertise!  With the steady stream of precipitation this year we’ve had green everything all summer long; the first time since 1998.  We went out into the back yard forest last night and discovered that mushrooms are popping up EVERYWHERE!  I will capture more in the upcoming days but these were some of the different mushrooms we have thus far.  We typically only get the large puffballs, which we have a couple in the front yard right now.

There are a bunch more varieties, but they are all pretty much brown and mostly smaller; pictures didn’t come out too well.  These are the most interesting ones…

Gooey black can't be good!

How gooey can a mushroom get…there were black spots on the ground below this!

Larkspur Mycology - Fly Amanita

Found under a trampoline. Fly Amanita is poisonous.

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Fly Amanita cap

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Perhaps a Fly Amanita popping up out of the ground? Will know in a few days.

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Gilled belly of the Fly Amanita

Awesome colors

Awesome colors! Perhaps a fly agaric? We’ll check back in a few days

The next two I believe are the same, they are in close proximity to each other.  One is by itself while the other is in a pair.  The cap is about an inch-inch and a half in size.

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Still researching this one…

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Still researching this pair…

There are a couple of these in the taller grass.  Where the gills intersect with the top of the cap they are at the highest point.  The top of the cap is light brown.

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Still researching this one…

There are about 7 of these growing over a 20 foot semi circle area.  Each cap is between 5 and 8 inches in diameter.

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Lots of these, 5-7 inches.

This one was cool, really pretty yellow/orange with white spots on the cap.  I’ll check this one again in case the cap opens up in a few days.  The cap is about 2-3″.

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Great yellow color…still researching…

UPDATE.  Several days later I made a trip completely around the yard.  There are a ton of mushrooms, they are everywhere!  My neighbor came out and asked me what I was doing; then he pointed me to a few in his yard too!

Puffball Action!!!

Spiked Puffball

Spiked Puffball

Spiked Puffball

Spiked Puffball – way cool! About 6″.

Puffball Scleroderma citrinum

Tiny Puffball…Scleroderma citrinum?

Puffballs.  Morganella pyriformis

Puffballs… Morganella pyriformis?

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Puffball

Love the colors on the stalk

Love the colors on the stalk

Looks a bit scarey.

Looks a bit scarey.

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Orange Mushroom

Beautiful orange!

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red mushroom

Big red beast, about 8-9″

Like the little guy under the huge 8" shroom.

Like the little guy under the huge 8″ shroom.

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Great red color!

Great red color!

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