Drives & Views
We followed the trail
up a slope blanketed with wild roses, their delicate aroma perfuming
the air. The Butte, 881 feet above sea level... (read
June 8, 2001
the plants and views along the trail
to Thunderbird Falls.
June 4, 2001
Star, Dodecatheon pulchellum, has been blooming for a
May 23, 2001
or Mountain Buttercup had already been blooming for over a week
when we received our last big snowfall on May 4th. This plant, in
the Buttercup family, is a vibrant yellow, blooms early and can
take freezing night temperatures. Temperatures dropped to the mid-
to high 20's (Farenheit) every night from late April until May 18th
without damaging this hardy plant -- which was blooming!
Flower (Pulsatilla) was the second to bloom after
the Mountain Buttercup during this especially slow and cold Spring
(2001). It is one of my favorites and if the seed heads are left
on the plant they also have an attractive appearance.
May 19, 2001
What's Spring: Cranes,
frogs, Red-Necked Grebes, Robins, Juncos, the frost going out of
the ground, weeding, and the first flowers... The earliest flower
in our garden is the Mountain
Buttercup... followed by the Pasque
Flower (Pulsatilla) and Arabis
(also called Rock Cress).
April 21, 2001
Flock of Pintail Ducks
near Fishhook Glenn Golf Course.
Hawk watching along the
Glenn Highway a few miles north of Sheep Mountain Lodge. Settled
in lawn chairs on a highway pull-out, over a period of several hours
we saw Harlan's Hawk, Harrier (Marsh) Hawks, Sharp-Shinned Hawk,
Rough-Legged Hawk, and a Golden Eagle. These dramatic birds soared
generally northeast to southwest, very high, making binoculars and
spotting scopes essential for good viewing.
April 19, 2001
A solitary Crane flying
over the Post Office (in Palmer), two Mallards in the melt-water
pond behind the house, and a Robin! Several flocks of geese circling
at about dusk.
April 18, 2001
Two swans seen flying
low over the intersection of the Parks and Glenn Highway at about
April 17, 2001
Spotted two flocks of
geese flying over the Post Office when I checked the mail about
6:00 p.m. Haven't seen any cranes yet. Geese
Listen to the flocks as
they fly over. Here are two audio clips. Can you tell which are cranes
and which are geese?**
April 16, 2001
Rumor has it the first
butterfly has been spotted so it's not too early to watch for these
Nimbus clouds over Talkeetna Mountains in late afternoon.
April 1, 2001
Lights, Palmer, Alaska (3/31/01) & Hints on Photographing Aurora
with a Digital Camera
March 27, 2001
It's time to start
looking for the great flocks of migratory
birds that take a stopover in the Matanuska Valley each Spring.
Rumor has it some may have already been spotted in Anchorage.
March 19, 2001
This is the time of year
that large flocks of Redpolls congregate around our bird feeder.
Early in the morning they make it sound like Spring! Below is our
March 20, 1997 archived material or visit our Winter
The Common Redpoll,
also a seed eater, winters in the northern forests in large flocks.
In late winter large, noisy flocks may pass through the forest near
your house. Click on the button to hear a flock north of Palmer
on March 20, 1997 at 8:30 a.m. The Redpoll's distinctive marking
is a red patch on top of its head.