Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- November 19, 2014

When I think of painted ladies, I envision the beautiful Victorian houses in San Francisco.  That's why I was surprised to learn that this butterfly, supposedly the most widespread butterfly worldwide, is called a Painted Lady.  Have you seen them near you?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- November 12, 2014

Wyoming is noted for its cattle production, but would you expect to see a longhorn just outside the city limits of Cheyenne?  A small herd spends part of each summer and fall grazing there.  Another herd (minus the long horns) grazes across the road right behind Walmart.  Only in Wyoming?  Probably not, but the cattle definitely caught my eye.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- November 5, 2014

One of the pleasures of living in Wyoming is the presence of hummingbirds.  This one, which my Audubon Rocky Mountain Field Guide tells me is a rufous hummingbird, is particularly attracted to red flowers ... and red brick houses.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- October 29, 2014

It's autumn in Wyoming, and what better way to celebrate than to share this picture with you?  I found this mural next to the Wyoming Penitentiary in Rawlins and only recently discovered that it's part of a series of murals that the city commissioned.  They even have a booklet outlining a tour.  Next time I'm in Rawlins, I plan to take the tour, so beware -- there will be more mural pictures coming in the future.  In the meantime, I hope you're enjoying all the beauty that fall brings.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- October 22, 2014

Remember the unfinished walls and ceiling that greeted the internees at Heart Mountain?  Here's a representation of what the rooms looked like after they'd been there for a few years.  Most of the furniture was handmade, and as you can see, there are amenities like curtains as well as magazines to read and games to play.  A definite improvement, and yet the residents were still imprisoned behind barbed wire. 

What do you think about the whole internment process?  Should it have happened?  Can you imagine it happening again?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Free Today

Autumn has definitely returned to Cheyenne and probably to the rest of the country.  To celebrate my publisher and I are offering With Autumn's Return as a free download today.  Here are links to the most popular online sites:

 And, if you haven't read the earlier two, here are links to them.



Happy reading!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- October 15, 2014

Although the government had good intentions, the buildings the internees faced when they arrived at Heart Mountain were a far cry from the homes they'd had on the West Coast, in part because they weren't finished.  As you can see, there's no insulation, not even in the ceiling, and the cracks between the boards allowed snow to blow inside. A single pot-bellied stove provided the only heat for the family that shared one small room. 

Have you lived in conditions like this?  I haven't.