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Seeing nature makes life real - Loveland Reporter-HeraldTuesday, September 12, 2017
But clouds curtained the sun and left the garden without sparkles.I visited the aspen grove to see the flammulated owls that I have been learning about for the last 42 years. None gave a territorial call; none uttered a food-begging call; none chirp-squeaked a mate-recognition call. I detected no eyeshine as I methodically worked my light through the crowns of the aspens. But one owl flew by to let me know they have not migrated.I watched the expanse of rubber rabbitbrush to see the insects that work the flowers. These robust shrubs of the sunflower family provide tiny sips of nectar in exchange for pollen delivery services. Butterflies and moths, bugs and beetles, bees and wasps, ants and more ants all frequent the rabbitbrush flowers; the total diversity of species is astounding. But I was a week early and found mostly flowers still in bud and so very few insects.These things I do because they make life real, because they enrich my own life. No matter how much I see, nature always presents more to be seen. And much of our wildlife presents such fascinating differences, day to day, season to season, year to year, that seeing them again and again is not a tedium but a pleasure.I must go. I have things to see. Kevin J. Cook is a freelance writer and naturalist based in Loveland. His Wildlife Window column appears in the Reporter-Herald every Thursday. http://www.reporterherald.com/columnists/wildlife-window/ci_31279588/seeing-nature-makes-life-real
Southern Alberta grows yellow as flowers add to landscape's beauty - Calgary SunTuesday, August 01, 2017
I sat there looking through my lens, I could hear cattle mooing, a coyote singing, meadowlarks and robins chortling away. The valley to the east was shrouded in soft, blue mist.The aspen-covered hillsides were a bright yellow-green, patches of them fully-leafed while others were still nearly bare, marking where the clones of single trees had spread across the hillsides like a quilt of trees. Curious cattle stared at me from the hillside above as I crawled around in the grass.Buffalo beans — yellow beans, if you insist — were scatted everywhere in the pasture, their low, bright yellow flowers contrasting nicely with the blue sky. The first yellow flowers to come along, they brightened the grassland everywhere.Nearby were the last of the crocuses, their fuzzy, feathery seed heads starting to move in the freshening breeze. Backlit against the climbing sun, they glowed against the shadowy background of the rolling hillsides.It was cold up here, the warmth of the sun having a bit of a tough go against the effects of elevation, and crystals of frost decorated the grass in the shadows. Mist came off the south fork of Willow Creek as I stopped to photograph new poplar leaves transilluminated by the sun glinting off the water. A thin sheet of ice covered puddles in the ditches.Further up the creek, I found more buffalo beans and the start of the first yellow bells. Another week and they’ll be fully in bloom. It was a bit early to find flowers by the sloughs up there but as I turned to head back south, I found a swath of pink.Shooting stars kind of go against my season colour theory, but I love ’em anyway.Members of the primrose family, they spread out in colonies wherever they can keep their feet damp, so you’ll find them along the edges of the forest and beside creeks.Pretty little things, they spread their pointy blossoms like a blanket across the new green grass. I watched robins and song sorrows prospect for torpid insects among them before heading on down the road.I found the first of the balsamroot blossoms along West Sharples Creek Rd. but I would have missed them had I not seen the grouse.A ruffed grouse, it decided to stop right in the middle of the road as I approached. I guess instinct told it that its camouflage plumage would make it nearly invisible. And that would have worked — as it did a few minutes later — had it been on the forest floor. Against a gravel road, though, not so much.I noticed the balsamroot as I stopped to take pictures of the grouse. There were only a couple of plants starting to bloom, the first of the yellow petals just starting to sprout from the fuzzy flower heads, but I could see that within a few days the... http://www.calgarysun.com/2017/05/20/southern-alberta-grows-yellow-as-flowers-add-to-landscapes-beauty
This NYC florist absolutely rips on a skateboard - GrindTVTuesday, March 28, 2017
Wyoming. She and her boyfriend are hitting the road in a truck with a makeshift bunk, headed for Jackson Hole.“It’s as good as Vail or Aspen with half the pretentia,” Dutton laughs. http://www.grindtv.com/skateboarding/this-nyc-florist-absolutely-rips-on-a-skateboard/
Newport News twin sisters open Hilton flower shop - Daily PressTuesday, March 28, 2017
Sisters Jen Mills and Megan Waters opened do-it-yourself home decor-making AR Workshop Newport News in Port Warwick in February. Brothers Mike, Thomas and Joe Moreno opened Aspen Burger Co. in New Kent in January 2016 and are working to bring another gourmet burger restaurant to Boulevard Shoppes on Route 17 near Fort Eustis Boulevard in York County this May, Mike and Thomas Moreno said.Bozick can be reached by phone at 757-247-4741. Sign up for a free weekday business news email at TidewaterBiz.com. http://www.dailypress.com/business/tidewater/dp-tidewaterbiz-hilton-flowers-20170307-story.html
Chasing spring: Beautiful weather, flowers at Mount Judah Loop Trail - Auburn JournalWednesday, August 17, 2016
The climb begins quickly up switchbacks of granite steps, and is exposed to the sun in many areas.
The trail does level out in a forest of pines, aspen, and alder overlooking Lake Mary. I expected to see plenty of mule’s ear in bloom but I was thrilled to see so much more.
Deeper into the trail I felt transported to a jungle filled with such a variety of thick greenery I found myself taking pictures of every plant as each seemed bigger and brighter than the last.
Finding patches of snow was a great surprise and I could not help following my youngest son with a slide, on our bottoms, back down to the trail.
A mile into the hike there is a sign that is the intersection of Donner Pass Trail and Mount Judah Loop Trail, follow the Mount Judah Loop Trail. Another sign still further in will send you to the right to continue the loop to the peak.
You will know when you reach the peak. The wind comes from every direction, taking an easy 20 degrees off the valley temperatures. Depending on the time of day you go, it’s another great benefit of hiking at this 7988-ft. elevation.
The views from the top are spectacular with Donner Lake and Donner Peak in one direction, overlooking Sugar Bowl and it’s Crow’s Nest, Castle peak in another, and the long ridge of Mount Lincoln.
After taking a seat on one of the rocks strewn about the top of Mount Judah, enjoying a snack, and taking several panoramic pictures, we made our descent.
This trail has become quite popular, and dogs are welcome on the trail, but we still had the peak to ourselves. The direct sun along the peak may require another application of sun block. A hat and sunglasses are also advisable. Walking sticks are helpful as well, as there is loose granite.
The hike makes its way down the mountain side and wanders through forest and lush greenery once again before you come to the end of the loop at the first intersection that returns you to the granite steps toward the trailhead.
The Mount Judah Loop Trail is like a great book you want to read in one setting, but also never want to end.
Mary West is a retired radio pe... http://www.auburnjournal.com/article/8/15/16/chasing-spring-beautiful-weather-flowers-mount-judah-loop-trail
What does the one you love really want for Valentine's Day; how much do most people spend? - WYFF GreenvilleSunday, February 11, 2018
Iowa and North Dakota. The first-place choices for Valentine’s Day gifts in each state were: Alabama: ChocolatesAlaska: Engagement ringsArizona: RosesArkansas: RosesCalifornia: RosesColorado: RosesConnecticut: ChocolatesDelaware: Engagement ringsFlorida: RosesGeorgia: ChocolatesHawaii: RosesIdaho: RosesIllinois: RosesIndiana: SunglassesIowa: RosesKansas: RosesKentucky: RosesLouisiana: RosesMaine: RosesMaryland: ChocolatesMassachusetts: RosesMichigan: ChocolatesMinnesota: RosesMississippi: ChocolatesMissouri: RosesMontana: Box of chocolatesNebraska: RosesNevada: Box of chocolatesNew Hampshire : Diamond braceletNew Jersey: Box of chocolatesNew Mexico: Bouquet of rosesNew York: RosesNorth Carolina: Flower bouquetNorth Dakota: Flower bouquetOhio: Wedding bouquetOklahoma: Teddy bearOregon Flower: BouquetPennsylvania: Bouquet of rosesRhode Island: Aquamarine ringsSouth Carolina: Chocolate trufflesSouth Dakota: Gold stud earringsTennessee: Bouquet of rosesTexas: Flower BouquetUtah: RosesVermont: Men’s ringsVirginia: Flower bouquetWashington: Box of chocolatesWest Virginia: SunglassesWisconsin: Bouquet of rosesWyoming: PerfumePro Flowers... http://www.wyff4.com/article/what-does-the-one-you-love-really-want-for-valentines-day-how-much-do-most-people-spend/16573899
A florist's advice for saving money on flowers - WTSP 10 NewsSunday, February 11, 2018
People are too busy with life and jobs, unlike when the holiday falls on a weekend, Drummond says.When you preorder, especially with a florist in a resort town like where Burns' shop is located in Colorado, you can be more specific in terms of what flowers you want. If you wait for the day before, or day of the holiday or special occasion, you might be limited to what the shop has on hand or the florists' choice, Burns says.For weddings, Heather Cole, owner and designer of Forever Cole Events in Oklahoma City, says it's best for couples to plan six to nine months in advance so she can secure flowers from her farm suppliers. Pictures on the internet can be deceiving.Florists know busy consumers might want to save time by purchasing flowers online or on the phone. But they encourage people to come into their shops to make the best decision when purchasing a gift or arrangements for events, such as weddings."I suggest you stop in and look at them, because pictures on the internet can be deceiving," said Drummond. "It's difficult to tell size."For example, there are hundreds of varieties of roses with unique characteristics including stem length, bud size and how full they bloom, color, petal count and fragrance.This is equally important when picking out wedding flowers and trying to match colors with bridesmaid dresses, for example. "Flowers change throughout the season and throughout different farms," said Cole. "So the color can vary slightly."Orchids and succulents give you more bang for your buck.For those who are looking for options that may last longer for their budget, Drummond says that succulents are popular and trendy - especially among millennial consumers."They last for weeks and weeks. Some of our customers have a green thumb, and they can get them to bloom next year, so there really is a long time they can be enjoyed," Drummond said. "They are easy to take care of and fun." We really want you to give us a budget.For Valentine's Day, if you are on a budget, Drummond says every florist has a value option and suggests that consumers ask what's available at their local shop."It might just be like a really cool little container with a succulent and maybe some decorative stones and maybe an orchid," he said. "Just real simple, but the vase is kind of cool and it's trendy and it has a lot of interest, but it's not very large. So sometimes you can get something very fun, very different, without breaking the bank."For weddings, budgets obviously are bigger. Drummond, who owns Plaza Flowers in the Philadelphia area, says his customers spend about $3,000-$3,500 on wedding florals. Burns says her customers spend about $3,000-$5,000. Burns says she always asks the budget upfront, not to try to maximize a budget, but to offer cost-saving tips, such as using bridesmaid bouquets as centerpieces. She says she can find flowers within anybody's budget."There's always thousands of choices when it comes to flowers," she said.For example, for those ... http://www.wtsp.com/article/money/magnify-money/a-florists-advice-for-saving-money-on-flowers/507-515969923
Herbert Gustav Ludwig - Cadillac NewsSunday, February 11, 2018
Witness for attorneys in Michigan and neighboring states. Herb enjoyed camping, canoeing and golf. He was an avid skier from high school until age 87. He and Bev owned a home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and taught their grandchildren a love of the sport.He and Bev traveled the world with Road Scholar programs, going on over 40 trips. A life member of the Caberfae Ski Club, he also held memberships in the Elks and American Legion. He served as a Scout Master in the Farmington Hills, Michigan.Herb is survived by his wife of 70 years, Beverly; his three children: daughter, Shelly Maifarth of Littleton, Colorado; son, Gunnar (JoAnne) Ludwig of Tucson, Arizona; son, Steven (Donna) Ludwig of Petoskey, Michigan; and six grandchildren.In lieu of flowers, suggested donations — The Villages Hospice House, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162 or the Boy Scouts of America (www.scouting.org). http://www.cadillacnews.com/obituaries/herbert-gustav-ludwig/article_22fe452e-48d5-53f6-a930-d3e54e5ebb12.html
How an Ecuadorian rose makes the journey to your American sweetheart for Valentine's Day - The Denver PostSunday, February 11, 2018
Valentine’s Day rush for Amato Wholesale Florist in north Denver. Amato broke into the wholesale business in January 1974. (The company started as a carnation grower in 1958.) It ships flowers across Colorado, but also to Kansas, Wyoming and Nebraska.President and CEO Heather Weickum was born in that first year. She grew up roller skating on the warehouse’s concrete floors after hours. Her father was a co-founder and eventually became the sole owner of the business.“This place was my only sibling growing up,” she said.Now Weickum runs the company and employs 70 people. Amato projects it will sell 130,000 stems of flowers over the Valentine’s holiday, tallying up hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit. The most popular varieties of roses can cost a retailer more than $70 a bunch.Amato can stock several hundred varieties of flowers at a time in the warehouse, and more than half of those are roses. They come in a rainbow of hues and gaggle of names, many inspired by the flower breeder’s daughter, mother or lover. Some names, such as Hot Nina, Lola and Jessika, call to mind an old flame. Others read like perfume ads tucked in a magazine: Pearl Avalanche, Sweet Unique, Cool Water. And then there are the names that beckon to whom they’re selling: Sweetness, Engagement, Soulmate. Rose breeders trademark these names and can receive royalties from other plantations that grow their variety.Most roses are n...