July 4, 2017 in Cody Wyoming

04 July, 2017

There is no place like Cody, Wyoming for the 4th of July.  People start lining their chairs up right after the parade is finished on the 3rd.  Our small town doubles in size on Sheridan Avenue during the parade on the 4th.  It is an exciting time topped off with lunch at The Irma and the Bagpipers playing 'Gary Owen'. 

Parade Line Up

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Our own Lance Bower, Vice President of the Stampede Board. 

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Yucca Plants

12 June, 2017

Soapweed yucca is a Great Plains species native to Wyoming. The lance-like leaves are stiff, coarse, and sharp but worth the blood-letting for the tall spikes of whitish pendulant flowers. Yuccas don’t bloom every year, but some years are phenomenal. Because of the shape of the flower, pollination can be accomplished by only a single species of insect, the yucca moth. Female yucca moths lay eggs in the ovary and then deliberately pack pollen on the stigma. The growing moth larvae eat the developing seeds but usually not all of them. Before the fruits open to disperse seeds, the caterpillar chews its way out and drops to the ground, where it buries itself, spins a cocoon, and waits out the winter. In the spring, the moths emerge just as the yucca blooms and wait at the flowers to find a mate. In our area, the Yucca tend to bloom about every 3 years.  Last year was a spectacular blooming year. This year there are some rogue plants. The photo is of one next to my house.   (information from University of Wyoming Extension)

 

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Opening of Yellowstone

19 May, 2017

The East Gate of Yellowstone opened May 5 and the NE Gate opened May 12.  This past Sunday we took a drive through the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway, 15 miles north of Cody, and then through Cooke City to Silver Gate and the NE entrance.  Our first stop was a picnic lunch along the Soda Butte Creek. Then on through Lamar Valley to Tower Junction and then to Mammoth.  The day showed us so many sights and animals.  A day in the Park is a always a day to remember. 

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Wyoming State Flower

05 May, 2017

The Indian Paintbrush was designated the Wyoming State flower in 1917.  It is also called Prairie Fire.  These pictures were taken along Highway 120 north of Cody on my way to work.  The Absaroka and Beartooth Mountain ranges are in the background.  A stunning display of color. 

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Soapweed Yucca plant

05 April, 2017

Soapweed yucca is a Great Plains species native to Wyoming. The lance-like leaves are stiff, coarse, and sharp but worth the blood-letting for the tall spikes of whitish pendulant flowers. Yuccas don’t bloom every year, but some years are phenomenal. Because of the shape of the flower, pollination can be accomplished by only a single species of insect, the yucca moth. Female yucca moths lay eggs in the ovary and then deliberately pack pollen on the stigma. The growing moth larvae eat the developing seeds but usually not all of them. Before the fruits open to disperse seeds, the caterpillar chews its way out and drops to the ground, where it buries itself, spins a cocoon, and waits out the winter. In the spring, the moths emerge just as the yucca blooms and wait at the flowers to find a mate. In our area, the Yucca tend to bloom about every 3 years. It is a spectacular site. (information from University of Wyoming Extension)

 

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Snowbow after a 3 Day Storm

05 April, 2017

The afternoon of a 3 day storm, it finally moved out and sun began to shine and left us with a beautiful phenomenon. A ‘snowbow’! Or more scientifically know as a ‘sun dog’, ‘mock sun’ or ‘phantom sun’. It is a occurrence not seen often and it usually happens when the sun is close to the horizon. The bright spots occur on both sides of the sun, usually in pairs. Life in Wyoming is an adventure!

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