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Text and photo by Jack Olson
Your wildflower of the day is the endangered wood lily, also known as a Rocky Mountain lily and a red lily. This flower is very, very rare. I’ve been in Colorado over 50 years and have only seen it blooming in the wild twice. The first time was in the late ’60s or early ’70s. There was a known patch by a popular trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. I saw them there once, but they were not seen again and I’m afraid someone picked them or dug them up.Continue reading A Rare Wildflower
Text and photo by Virginia Parker Staat
The freeze was record shattering. Just before Valentine’s Day, South Texas received over four inches of snow. It stayed on the ground nearly a week. Winter storm temperatures plummeted and stayed below freezing for three days in a row.
Texas hasn’t recorded this kind of weather since 1893. Everything froze… plants, roadways, and, especially, water pipes. In many respects the resulting impact was much like a very cold hurricane. The aftermath included the same kind of power outages and water damage. This time, however, the water came from broken pipes inside homes rather than from rain and flooding outside.Continue reading Emerging from Hibernation
Photos & text by Virginia Parker Staat
“Visual storytelling utilizes both language and art to pass on
the essence of who we are.”
~ Debbie Millman
It has been over a year since David and I visited Australia. One of the highlights of our journey was our trip to the Mitchell Falls rock art complex. These ochre paintings are believed to be among the oldest surviving rock art in the world. Some as old as 80,000 years.Continue reading The Original Photo Essay
No one really knows what 2021 will bring, but with the increasing availability of Covid vaccines and progress on treatments, let’s be optimistic and plan a conference. So, mark your calendars for September 26-29, that’s Sunday through Wednesday, in Alamogordo, New Mexico.Continue reading Conference 2021 in Alamogordo, NM!
Text and photos by Jack Olson
November 9, 2019, marked the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. I was in East Berlin in 1959. It was two years before the infamous wall was built and during a time when the Iron Curtain had imprisoned most people in Communist nations. At the time, I was a foreign exchange student with the Dutch Foreign Trade School. It was during my junior year at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.Continue reading Celebrating the Fall of the Berlin Wall
By Peter Kummerfeldt
It happened so suddenly. One moment we were driving along the snow-packed North Park, Colorado road and the next we were in the ditch with the passenger’s side door buried in the snow bank and the opposite door oriented to the sky.Continue reading Spending a Night in Your Vehicle
By President Virginia Staat
Well, that was one crazy experience! I’m certain I’m not the only one who is excited that we finally made it past 2020. We all deserve kudos just for surviving it. I’m anxious to start a new year with new adventures, connections, and possibilities, including exciting things for RMOWP.Continue reading Goodbye 2020 and WELCOME 2021!
By Virginia Parker Staat
“I don’t feed the birds because they need me;
I feed the birds because I need them.” ~ Kathi Hutton