Monday, May 31, 2010

Decoration Day

With over a thousand soldiers dead, in the longest American conflict to date, we have something very important to remember this Memorial day.

Abe Lincoln over at Pick a Pick of Pixelshas a great post about his memories as a child of the precursor to Memorial Day called Decoration Day.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

First trip to Mt. Evans of the year

Mt Evans is one of the handful of 14 thousand foot peaks here in the front range of Colorado. Typically he road is only open from Memorial day to Labor day. Less, if we have late spring or early winter snows. The road opened yesterday for this summer season, so we took a drive to the summit this afternoon.

Mt. Evans is unique in that it has a paved road that stops only a couple hundred feet from the summit. There used to be an inn at the summit. It burned down in the 1970's. A typical end for many mountain dwellings. The ruins are still in good shape.

The road was completely clear, but the lakes were frozen and there were large drifts along the road.

This last shot is looking from the summit back down toward the old inn and the end of the road. The trail was drifted and icy, but not technical.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Cats are just cats

... no matter how big they are. A few more photos from the Colorado Wild Animal Sanctuary.

Monday, May 24, 2010

el tigre

From the Colorado Wild Animal Sanctuary. Wonderful folks doing a fantastic job caring for unwanted and mistreated wild animals. They can use your help.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Draw Muhammad Day

In response to the recent censoring of a South Park episode concerning censorship, today, May 20, was declared Draw Muhammad Day to show that the blogger community isn't going to be cowed by threats of violence over free speech.

There are those who have whined that this is disrespectful to Muslims and amounted to collective punishment. They assume that any depictions must by definition be disrespectful. The above image is taken from a larger work produced by Medieval Muslim artists. In fact, despite claims to the contrary, the prohibition against depicting Mohammed did not arise until the 16th or 17th century.

Update: Looks like the link to is broken. Here's another to a facebook page dedicated to the day.