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Literature Cited
 When I first read the field notes of Annie Alexander and Louise Kellogg, I was fascinated by the descriptions they wrote about the places they went and the plants and animals they found there. By publishing my field notes on the Internet I hope to follow a little bit in their tradition.

 

 

   

2019

 

 

   

January, 2019

 

Other articles: Iowa Street near Ford St near Ford St Washington Avenue near Iowa
Full Size ImageRecent construction on Iowa Street
Full Size ImageRecent construction on Iowa Street  

January 20, 2019. Walk around the neighborhood.
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Recent construction at Washington and Iowa
 

Other articles: Washington Avenue near 6th
Full Size ImageProgress on Washington Avenue complete street project.  

January 21, 2019
Neighborhood walk, progress on Washington Avenue complete streets project.

 

   

February, 2019

 

Other articles: Washington Avenue bet. 2nd & 5th
Full Size ImageGrading on the Washngton Avenue complete streets project.  

February 4, 2019. Neighborhood walk. Granding on Washington Avenue.
 

Other articles: 5th Street near Arapahoe
Full Size ImageLaundry day in Colorado.  

February 20, 2019.
 

Other articles: Arapahoe Street near 2nd
Full Size Image124 Arapahoe Street
Full Size Image124 Arapahoe Street  

February 24, 2019. This house was listed as for sale in Zillow for less than a day before the status was changed to pending.
 

 

   

March, 2019

 

Other articles: Cheyenne Street near 4th near alley
Full Size ImageDuplex at the former 409 Cheyenne St.
Full Size ImageDuplex under construction.  

March 9, 2019. Current state of construction.
 

Other articles: Golden Checklist Flora Euphorbia myrsinites Gregory Drive 30290 Washington Avenue bet. 2nd & 5th near 5th near 5th
Full Size ImageInfestation of Myrtle Spurge between Gregory Drive and Goldco Circle.
Full Size ImageProgress on Washington Avenue Complete Street project.  

Neighborhood walk, large infestation of Myrtle Spurge.
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Washington Avenue north of 5th.
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Washington Avenue looking south.
 

Other articles: Rubey Drive at path
Full Size ImageContinued construction at 148 Washington  

March 16, 2019
 

Other articles: Golden Cliffs Trail at highpoint along trail near the rim of Golden Ravine. Climbing Access Trail below rim below rim
Full Size ImageGrrrr Someone rode their mountain bike off trail in the mud.
Full Size ImageNorth Table Loop climbs out of Golden Ravine.  

Spring morning ramble on North Table Mountain.
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Mouth of Golden Ravine.
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Coyote in Golden Ravine.
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Small herd of deer on North Table Mountain.
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Two golf balls on top of the mesa.
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Where I previously found Munroa squarrosa.
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I don't think closing the trail has worked.
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Does every rock need a steel anchor?
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Property boundaries lined up on a section line.
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Survey Pin
 

Other articles: CO Hwy 93 above CO 93

Locations: Ralston Dike. Ranson/Edwards Homestead Open Space Park.
Full Size ImageYellow Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) in winter.  

Little sojourn to Ranson/Edwards.
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Creative bird box, carved in the trunk of a burned ponderosa pine.
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The Ralston Dike, or what is left of it.
 

Other articles: Climbing Access Trail below rim North Table Mountain Other Vertebrates
Full Size ImageWestern Fence Lizard in the grotto.
Full Size ImageClimbers hiking along the base of the cliffs.  

Saturday, April 6, 2019

North Table Mountain. My objective on this trip was to visit the slot or grotto that is visible on the southwest side of North Table Mountain. I was hoping I would find a damp place with ferns or bryophytes. The grotto was shallow and dry.
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Slot or grotto below the cliffs.
 

Full Size ImageDakota Ridge at the north end of Golden  

Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Survey Field.
 
  2012  Berberis repens, south-facing slope of a ravine, near power line, few patches of snow still around, Lomatium orientale also blooming here.

Native and Naturalized Flora of the Golden Area, Jefferson County, Colorado
Berberidaceae

Berberis repens Lindl.  Creeping Barberry.

Colorado School of Mines Survey Field, Jefferson County, Colorado. West edge of Survey Field, 3.2 km. south southwest of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7345N, 105.2296W. WGS 1984 Elev. 6324 ft. South-facing steep slope of a ravine. Lomatium orientale also blooming here.

Collected by permit: Colorado School of Mines, 2018, issued: Apr 1, 2018, to: Tom Schweich.

Tom Schweich 2012. 7-Apr-2019


 

Other articles: Ancient Palms Trail at Basalt Top Loop Basalt Cap Loop at Ancient Palms Trl near Ancient Palms Trail near social trail near overlook 50000 Cretaceous Trail at Basalt Top Loop at Tertiary Trl near Denver West Pkwy along Denver West Pkwy at Denver West Pkwy west at Denver West Pkwy west 60000 Tertiary Trail at property line near property line 30000
Full Size ImageRecently paved parking lot at Camp George West Park.
Full Size ImageSports field at Camp George West Park.  

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

South Table Mountain. I walked from the officially designated parking lot at Camp George West Park. Learned that I would be the only person doing that, because the walk to the base of South Table Mountain is nearly a mile.
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Entrance to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Cretaceous Trail north of Denver West Parkway to South Table Mountain.
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Junction of the Tertiary Trail with the Cretaceous Trail.
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Social trail up to the Tertiary Trail from the Montrachet Denver West Apartments below.
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View north from South Table Mountain.
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Top end of the Cretaceous Trail.
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End of the Cretaceous Trail at the Basalt Cap Loop.
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South Table Mountain as seen from Denver West Parkway.
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Sun-loving Sedge beside the Tertiary Trail.
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Social trail users on a trail from W. 20th Avenue.
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Hikers on the Ancient Palms Trail.
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Basalt Top Loop Trail looking east.
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Mt. Morrison and I-70 west.
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Junction of Basalt Top Loop and Ancient Palms Trails.
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The start of the Ancient Palms Trail.
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View northwest.
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Ancient Palms Trail nears the north rim of South Table Mountain.
 

Other articles: Alley at end Social Trail (N. Ford to Jackson) at trl jct at alley Social Trail (Up. Wash. Ave. OS) at trl jct

Locations: Upper Washington Avenue Open Space.
Full Size ImageWhat happened here? Cactus dug up and soil scraped.  

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Upper Washington Avenue Open Space
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Leaves of Campanula glomerata “Dane's Blood”
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Yard waste disposal in the open space.
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Yard waste disposal in the open space.
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Buffalo grass (Buchloe dactyloides) at the intersection of social trails.
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Social trail at the end of the alley.
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Columbine/Ford St alley from north end.
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Three Missouri Foxtail Cactus together.
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Packera plattensis leaves just beginning to grow in mid-April.
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Assassin bug in Upper Washington Avenue Open Space
 
  2013  Taraxacum officinale

Native and Naturalized Flora of the Golden Area, Jefferson County, Colorado
Asteraceae

Taraxacum officinale F. H. Wigg.  Common Dandelion.

Upper Washington Avenue Open Space, Jefferson County, Colorado. Small (4 acre) fallow city-owned parcel in northern Golden, near the intersection of Colorado Highway 93 and Washington Avenue. 2.3 km. northwest of GNIS location of Golden. Top of hill, sunny slope south of social trail. 39.7686N, 105.2331W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1825 m.

Collected by permit: City of Golden, 2019, issued: Jan 29, 2019, to: Tom Schweich.

Tom Schweich 2013. 16-Apr-2019


 


Full Size ImageColl. No. 2014, Bryophyte  
2014  Bryophyte

Native and Naturalized Flora of the Golden Area, Jefferson County, Colorado
Bryophyta

Bryophyte.

Upper Washington Avenue Open Space, Jefferson County, Colorado. Small (4 acre) fallow city-owned parcel in northern Golden, near the intersection of Colorado Highway 93 and Washington Avenue. 2.3 km. northwest of GNIS location of Golden. Upper slope of cut bank, north side of open space. 39.7688N, 105.2335W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1825 m.

Collected by permit: City of Golden, 2019, issued: Jan 29, 2019, to: Tom Schweich.

Tom Schweich 2014. 16-Apr-2019


 

Other articles: Lou's Loop 28340 Recreational Trail (Pine Ridge Estates) near Pine Ridge near Pine Ridge at spur at game trl Private Path (Canyon View III HOA) at Lous Lp near Lous Lp

Locations: Dakota Ridge.
Full Size ImageSouth end of Dakota Ridge, Golden open space.  

Pine Ridge Estates and Dakota Ridge.
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South end of Dakota Ridge, Golden open space.
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Private spur trail connecting Lou's Loop to the City of Golden recreational trail.
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Slope of Dakota Ridge
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Spur trail from Lou's Loop towards Dakota Ridge.
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The southernmost end of Dakota Ridge
 

Other articles: Lippincott Road at Bull Gl near Bull Gulch near s gate near s gate at washout mid-quarry near quarry near jct quarry rd near jct quarry rd near gate 80000

Locations: Bull Gulch. Lippincott Property.
Full Size ImageGate, usually locked, closed to public access.  

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Lippincott Property
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The road continues north-ish in the direction of Bull Gulch.
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The way out, south-ish.
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Stream and springy ground at top of quarry.
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The linear opening in the forest accomodates a power line.
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The summit meadow.
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Tilted rocks above middle meadow.
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Bull Gulch, looking upstream.
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Turkey, one of a pair, many more seens.
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Where the old ranch road crosses Bull Gulch.
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Path southwest to middle meadow.
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Ranch road approaches Bull Gulch.
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North gate, to City of Boulder property.
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South gate, City of Boulder side.
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South gate, from Lippincott property.
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Stream crossing.
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View up the quarry from the ranch road crossing.
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Quarry
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Quarry
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Ranch road, generally north-ish.
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View across springy ground.
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Entrance to Lippincott Property.
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Lippincott property on 1906 base map.
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Lippincott property on 1942 base map.
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Lippincott property on 1965, 1967 ed. base map.
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Lippincott property on 1965 rev. 1994 base map.
 

Full Size ImageMy first collection on the Lippincott Property, Taraxacum officinale  
2015  Taraxacum officinale

Plants of Jefferson County Open Space
Jefferson County, Colorado
Asteraceae

Taraxacum officinale F. H. Wigg.  Common Dandelion.

Lippincott Property, Jefferson County, Colorado. Jointly owned by City of Boulder OSMP and Jefferson County Open Space, approximate center of property. 21.8 km. north northwest of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.9013N, 105.2741W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1983 m. Gentle slope at edge of ponderosa pine forest.

Collected by permit: Jefferson County Open Space, 2019, issued: Mar 1, 2019, to: Tom Schweich.

Tom Schweich 2015. 18-Apr-2019


 

Literature Cited:
- Baldwin, Bruce G., Susan Kalisz, and W. Scott Armbruster, 2011.

Other articles: Lippincott Road 60000
Full Size ImageLocation of three collections of tiny annuals.  

2016  Collinsia parviflora

Plants of Jefferson County Open Space
Jefferson County, Colorado
Plantaginaceae

Collinsia parviflora Lindl.  Maiden Blue-eyed Mary.

Lippincott Property, Jefferson County, Colorado. Jointly owned by City of Boulder OSMP and Jefferson County Open Space, approximate center of property. 21.8 km. north northwest of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.9019N, 105.274W. WGS 1984 Elev. 2005 m. Forming carpets under trees in ponderosa pine woodland.

Collected by permit: Jefferson County Open Space, 2019, issued: Mar 1, 2019, to: Tom Schweich.

Tom Schweich 2016. 18-Apr-2019


 

Other articles: Lippincott Road 60000
Full Size ImageColl. No. 2017, Capsella bursa-pastoris  

2017  Capsella bursa-pastoris

Plants of Jefferson County Open Space
Jefferson County, Colorado
Brassicaceae

Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.  Shepherd's Purse.

Lippincott Property, Jefferson County, Colorado. Jointly owned by City of Boulder OSMP and Jefferson County Open Space, approximate center of property. 21.8 km. north northwest of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.9019N, 105.2739W. WGS 1984 Elev. 2003 m. Disturbed places, in this case an old road, along with other early annuals, such as Collinsia parviflora and Draba reptans.

Collected by permit: Jefferson County Open Space, 2019, issued: Mar 1, 2019, to: Tom Schweich.

Tom Schweich 2017. 18-Apr-2019


 

Other articles: Lippincott Road 60000  

2018  Draba reptans
 

Full Size ImageColl No. 2019, Woodsia ?
Full Size ImageColl No. 2019, Woodsia ?  
2019  Woodsia ?
 

Locations: Lippincott Property.
Full Size ImageOne of several small ponds on the stream.
Full Size ImageThe elk were keeping a close eye on us.  

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lippincott Property, with Irene Weber.

Also seen, Clematis hirsutissima, Anemone patens, Nothocalais cuspidata, and Carduus nutans.

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Sugar Bowls, Clematis hirsutissima, Irene's knee for scale.
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Southeast parcel, general view to northwest.
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Southeast parcel, general view to northeast.
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View of Lippincott property from southeast corner.
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Carpet of Spring Beauty (Claytonia rosea) under the Ponderosa Pines.
 
  2020  Claytonia rosea
 
  2021  Cerastium arvense ssp. strictum
 
  2022  Chorispora tenella
 

Full Size ImageCymopterus? Lomatium?  
2023  Cymopterus ?
 
  2024  Leucocrinum montanum
 
  2025  Viola nuttallii
 

Locations: North Table Mountain.  

Thursday, April 25, 2019.

North Table Mountain, parking lot for Golden Cliffs Trail
 

Full Size ImageHabitat of Coll. No. 2026, Corydalis aurea.  
2026  Corydalis aurea
 

Locations: Kenneys Creek.
Full Size ImageKenneys Creek shown on the Morrison, CO 1938 quadrangle.  

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Found “Kenneys Creek” on the Morrison quad of 1938.
 

Other articles: Washington Avenue above Rubey near Rubey

Locations: Upper Washington Avenue Open Space.
Full Size ImageDeer in the open space.  

Upper Washington Open Space.
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Packera plattensis
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The Washington Avenue Complete Street Project nears completion.
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The Washington Avenue Complete Street Project nears completion.
 

Other articles: Lippincott Road 53000

Locations: Lippincott Property.
Full Size ImageWoodland Pinedrops seen in the northern parcel.  

Sunday, May 26th

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View east from the Lippincott property.
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Meadow in the southwest corner.
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Turkey
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Former watercourse (?), view upstream
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Former watercourse (?), view downstream.
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Meadow and Ponderosa pine woodland in the northernmost part of the property.
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Turkey, maybe the same one.
 
  2027  Field identification: Claytonia rosea
 
  2028  Field identification: Cerastium arvense ssp. strictum
 
  2029  Field identification: Senecio integerrimus
 
  2030  Field identification: Delphinium, probably D. nuttallii
 
  2031  Field identification: Lomatium orientale
 
  2032  Field identification: Zigadenus sp.
 
  2034  Field identification: Viola nuttallii
 
  2034  Field identification: Leucocrinum montanum
 
  2035  Field identification: Mertensia lanceolata
 
  2035.1  Field identification: Galium aparine
 
  2036  Field identification: Plantaginaceae, office: Besseya plantaginea
 
  2037  Field indentification: Viola sp.
 
  2037.1  Field identification: Noccaea fendleri
 
  2038  Field identification: Arnica fulgens
 
  2039  Field identification: Iris missouriensis
 
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