City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

November 20, 2016

November 20th

Filed under: Colors, Plants, Tansyaster, Weather — canopus56 @ 5:17 pm

Green Spurt

Noon. Today, temperatures have returned to the low sixties. Looking down canyon from milepost 1.5, the high canyon walls are free of snow and are now green tinged. Overnight, with the warmer temperature and the water from melted snow, those high lands have turned green. Perhaps it is simply a change in contrast from the water soaking into vegetation, or perhaps with cold water and sunshine, the grasses had a spurt of chlorophyll production. Along the road, there is just one insect – a fly bolts by – and all color has gone. There is just one purple tansyaster. Wood’s Rose bushes are a dusky scarlet, and they still retain a few of their red bulbs.

The parking lot is again full of cars, and the overflow goes down the entrance road and on to Bonneville Drive. Residents are getting in some walking before true winter arrives.

In Thoreau’s “Journal” on November 20th, 1853, Thoreau observes how a male marsh hawk while in mid-air flips a mouse to his mate. The hawk is aiding his mate in feeding their young.

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