The past two evenings I’ve been walking Mystery in Heller Park. On occasion in the dusk sky I’d see creatures flitting around like bats, but couldn’t positively ID them as bats. They are pretty small. They are bats it’s just hard to even make out the silhouette against the sky to say, “Yep, that’s a bat.” I managed to go early enough where there was still enough light to ID them.
I got out my handy new Stoke’s Beginner’s Guide to Bats. It breaks them down by color code and there is a list for each state and which ones are common and which are uncommon. Based on the description. It looks like the are Evening Bats. I also heard a chirping noise which the book doesn’t describe them making. Since they only emit ultrasound I can’t hear that. Even the low end is still too high. I wonder if some other creature was making that noise? But the sound was coming from the general direction of the bats. I’ll see if I can take a picture with my new camera, but I don’t hold out much hope.
At last I’ve posted some of the pictures taken on our Colorado/WorldCon vacation.
This is our obligatory Pike’s Peak snapshot.
Playing with my new camera. It’s a Canon S5IS. There were was a hummingbird feeder outside the 2nd floor of the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway station.
More pics from Boulder,Fort Collins and Pike’s Peak.
There is a story behind this picture. Alas, it’s not very interesting so I won’t relate. All I can say is that it involves zombies. That’s Jay Lake in the fiery shirt in the center. To his immediate right is Frank Wu and to the far right is Keith Stokes. Joe Haldeman is apparently hiding.
More WorldCon Pics
I still have to upload and tag my pics from the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Cosmophere.
I’m making progress on my Colorado vacation pictures. I have images from Boulder, Fort Collins and Pike’s Peak, a Bujold signing and WorldCon. I’m still processing my pics from the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Cosmosphere in Kansas. I may get around to doing a writeup of the whole experience, but don’t hold your breath.
I’m debating whether or not to do a long writeup of our trip to Colorado. I did take tons of pictures with our awesome new camera. Apparently I was told that I was hogging it. Uhm…well. I wasn’t trying to. So, here’s a brief rundown:
We drove from Tulsa to Limon, CO then got up early the next day and drove to Boulder, CO. Mel was attending a conference at CU Boulder and met lots of her colleagues at house receptions on Thursday and Friday evenings. Saw the Mork & Mindy house. I had lunch with a step aunt and then we went to dinner at my step uncle and step aunt’s house in Longmont. It was out in the middle of nowhere but had a great view of the Front Range. Then we went to Denver to a house concert with Worldcon Music Guest of Honor Kathy Mar. Monday we drove up to Fort Collins for a brewery tour and a Lois McMaster Bujold Q&A and signing.
Tuesday Mel and I took Tim & Mary Miller down to Manitou Springs, CO and rode the cog railway up to the top of Pike’s Peak. Wednesday WorldCon started and didn’t finish until Sunday. I may do a write up of it later. We had a good time though the hotel had some issues. Mel had to go teach in Reno so on Monday I went to the Denver Botanic Gardens and a Tattered Cover. Tuesday we headed home and stopped in McPherson, KS. Today (Wed) we went to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS and then headed home this evening. Cosmosphere was amazing. It really is worth going out of the way to visit it.
More later. Or maybe not.
I should put this entry on my blog, but won’t write entry. Too tired. Anyway, took cog railway up Pike’s Peak with some friends. Saw lots of dead lodgepole pines.