Usually Dry Rock Creek, Rock Creek Canyon, Provo, Utah
30 May 2023 | 11:30 pm

 After a winter of record snowfalls, our usually dry Rock Creek is a torrent. It drains into a huge retention basin to prevent flooding and has attracted the out-of-school children to play in its cold water. We enjoyed a hike up Rock Canyon and enjoyed the roar of the creek. 

Time for Tulips Part One
19 May 2023 | 7:20 pm

One tulip is beautiful, but how beautiful are thousands of tulips? Here is a series of photos of some of the thousands of tulips at the Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival in Lehi, Utah 2023. I will be publishing them from time to time. 

Box Turtle
8 May 2023 | 8:01 pm

 A short trip to Florida put us back in the Southern forests where there is a lot of water and the opportunity to see a lot of animals. Quoting from Wikipedia: Box Turtle:

Box turtle is the common name for several species of turtle. It may refer to those of the genus Cuora or Pyxidea, which are the Asian box turtles, or more commonly to species of the genus Terrapene, the North American box turtles. They are largely characterized by having a shell shaped like a dome, which is hinged at the bottom, allowing the animal to close its shell tightly to escape predators. Furthermore, the two genera are very different in habitat, behavior and appearance, and are not even classified in the same family. Even though box turtles became very popular pets, their needs in captivity are complex and the capture of turtles can have serious detrimental effects on the wild population.

The box turtle commonly lives over twenty years, with verified cases of lifespans exceeding 40 to 50 years. There have been unverified cases of box turtles living for a hundred years and more.

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