Yesterday, Kelly and I quit our preparations for moving and went out to Craters of the Moon National Monument (if you follow this link you can see my TV star moment and learn a bunch about this wonderful place). To me, the most wonderful thing about Craters is the the opportunities for solitude and silence. Yesterday listening to the wind singing through the limber pines (Pinus flexilis) while picking our way through the snow covered lava flows filled me with the joy of hearing a timeless, ancient melody!
It really shouldn’t be a surprise, but it is always a surprise to find
insects making a living on the surface of the snow! We found a bunch of Collembola and the ever popular Boreus (i believe B. californicus), the good ol’, more-or-less wingless, moss-munching, snow scorpionfly. Definitely a good break from moving!