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Friday, June 22, 2012

Blooming Lillies and MORE!

Each bloom is a different variety of lily.
Standing "on guard"

With the arrival of summer, the lillies from Sun Valley Farms in Arcata, CA are busting out in bloom!!  A historical note regarding the Sun Valley business is that it is located on the farm my sister-in-law grew up on.  An exciting experience was searching for bumblebee nests in the fields with a entomologist from New Zealand. Did you know there are 26 species and none were native?  Red clover can only be pollinated by the bumblebee and thus were imported originally from New Zealand (at least that is what the professor told me while we were walking the cow pastures). Funny how youth adventures have become a lifelong learning opportunity.  My enjoyment of the outdoors was fostered very early with my family.

Mt. Evans, CO-it was a very "natural high" venturing to the top of this mountain.  Yes, it was very cold!!
As we climbed higher the trees echo the conditions.

Mountain Goat checking out the photographer (Josh)
Summit Lake?? 

14, 234 feet above sea level!!

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