About yesterday's post: There have been black bears around the house before, but we haven't seen tracks for several years. Then my husband and Samson saw tracks in two different places in the past few weeks, so I was just curious, hoping to see tracks without bear.
Today's treasure grows everywhere in the canyon and I may have written about these trees in more detail earlier. Yesterday, I noticed this beautiful juniper full of huge, bright blue cones. So this will be my treasure for today.
Juniper berries are an attraction for both bears and coyotes. As you will see in my photos, there is an abundance of these hardy trees here in the canyon, most of them several hundred years old. Juniper trees are interesting: Although they look like bushes, they are trees; and their cones, which look like berries, are tiny cones in pretty blue covers.
Angel and I came upon this tree full of cones on our walk yesterday. We got a lot of rain last winter and the junipers perked up and turned from dusty greens to more vibrant colors. And as we saw here, the cones are huge and very healthy looking this year.
It was 16 F here this morning. I'm so excited that winter is on its way!