Its Fall. the leaves are beginning to turn and fall, grass is getting drier, days are shorter and school gets harder. One thing that definitely happens in fall with the leaves dropping, we cant take tree canopy cover measurements anymore. We managed to successfully measure all the trees before the leaves did any significant dropping and the summer 2016 field season comes to a close. To mark that seasonal change is our Monarch butterfly larvae friend ┬áhere, chowing down on a milkweed leaf. This little guy will winter here on this plant. Maybe I’ll see a cocoon when we come out to take diameter and height measurements in a few months when the trees are nekkid. Happy Fall!


Of Beginnings, and Endings.

Hello. I am Teapot. When asked what I want to do when I grow up, my answer varies like most people’s. But I have a common theme:

  • I want to get paid to go hiking
  • I want to be a renowned botanist
  • I want to climb all of the 14ers in Colorado
  • I want to thru hike the Colorado Trail
  • I want to own a yarn store
  • I want to no longer hurt in my joints

Some of you (likely all of you as I don’t expect strangers to be interested in my exploits) may know me. This is where I plan to track achievements of these goals, all or in part. Probably my main viewer knows most of the general pieces of these stories, but hopefully this gives you the detail that I’m too lazy to text to you. (Love you Chad Sexingon!)

I recently ended a chapter in my life. One of stressful retail management. This has since opened many doors that were otherwise closed to me. I have time and energy for the things I want out of life. So now is an excellent time to begin sharing my experience, like yet another drop of water in the vast ocean that is the internet. If nothing else, it will be a blog of beautiful places and things.


P.S. I know the Yellowstone pictures never really got up online. Only like… a third of them. Here’s a good one to kick off my “Adventure” blog.