Sunday, January 27, 2008

Lake Michigan Gull

This a friend who dropped by while I was sitting on the walk at Navy Pier in Chicago almost two years ago. I didn't catch his name. Sorry.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Ollie Boy

This is Ollie. He is definitely one of the family. We adopted him as a puppy after he was rescued from an abusive situation in Puerto Rico. He's been with us for nine years now.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bristlecone Pines on Mount Evans

There is a stand of bristlecone pines on the road up to the top of Mount Evans, Colorado. On this day we found ourselves in the clouds well before we reached the top of the peak.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Ha Ha Tonka

Here are some more photos of Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka State Park. First is a view of the spring from the top of the 250 foot bluff where the Castle remains sit. Yes, the water really is that color.

Next is a shot of where the spring emerges from the ground. On a later visit we talked with some folks who were scuba diving into the spring. They told us the hole goes straight down for 75 feet before it levels out under the rocks.

One of most haunting sites, especially at twilight, are the ruins of "The Castle." These ruins are all that is left of a mansion built in the early 1900's as the summer retreat of a wealthy Kansas City family. The house burned down during the '40s and all that survives is a stone skeleton of the building.

The stone used to build the house was quarried from the bluff on which it sits. A track was built and mules were used to haul the stone from the quarry to the building site.

The old quarry is mostly filled in with almost ninety years of debris. Here is what the quarry looks like today.

(Click on the photos to see larger images. Click the "Ha Ha Tonka" label to the right to see more of Ha Ha Tonka.)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Orange and Black Butterfly

From the Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri.