Tuesday, July 1, 2008


According to the calendar, summer has begun.

For us here vacationing in the Teton Valley of eastern Idaho, we are definitely still in spring. The snowfall was near record level this year, and the temperatures have been mild.

We are reliably informed by our brother who lives here full-time that as recently as last week, we could have gone sledding at Grand Targhee -- the snow pack still reached to the base of the mountain.

It's warmed up now, of course -- but the flowers are blooming here several weeks later than normal.

We are not complaining. Not in the least.

Here are some of the shots we took today in a traipse around the property with our five year old daughter. One of the pics she actually took, though we won't tell you which one.




Pink Columbine

White Lilac:

White Lilac

Pink Lilac:

Pink Lilac

Goat's Beard:

Goat's Beard






  1. Hey Jeff. Hope you don't mind me using your blog as a JOM dead drop. I know some of the regulars from there come here, but I think the increasingly unwelcome visitors don't. So I thought this would be a good place to mention a fix for the troll problem:
    1) Use Firefox
    2) Install Greasemonkey
    3) copy and paste everything below this list into a text document and save onto your desktop, with a name like jomtroll.user.js [you need the .user.js part]
    3.5) find the line where I misspelled function as fuuunction (to get past this blog's filters) and fix it
    4) open jomtroll.user.js in Firefox (right click/open with)
    5) go to TM's place and enjoy the wide open spaces.

    // ==UserScript==
    // @name JOM Troll Blocker
    // @namespace http://justoneminute.typepad.com/
    // @description blocks out annoying troll posts
    // @include http://justoneminute.typepad.com/*
    // ==/UserScript==
    * Troll Blocker
    * Author: bgates <N/A> (N/A) (based heavily on work by mittineague) http://www.mittineague.com
    * Change Log
    * script hosted at http://www.mittineague.com/dev/trollblocker3.user.js
    * and can be found at http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/6334
    * The blog uses this DOM mark-up
    * ........
    * div |
    * p | The div section
    * [CONTENT HERE] | is replaced with
    * /p | a new empty div
    * /div |_______________
    * p class="comment-footer" |
    * text - "Posted by:" [USER NAME] | replaced
    * /p |
    * script replaces div and p (with their contents) of known trolls with new div p

    * Add known trolls to array sequentially starting with "0"
    * Names are Case sensitive
    * ie. "mittineague" is not the same as "Mittineague", or "MITTINEAGUE"
    * knownTrolls = new Array();
    * knownTrolls[0] = /eightnine/; enclose in // rather than "" if you don't want to write the whole name
    * knownTrolls[1] = "second known troll's name";
    * knownTrolls[2] = "third known troll's name";
    * knownTrolls[3] = "fourth known troll's name";
    * etc. etc.

    /* add known trolls beneath the following array as shown above
    * names added here will be filtered from all threads
    * names must be removed from array to see posts again
    knownTrolls = new Array();
    knownTrolls[0] = /eightnine/;

    var dataItems, thisDataItem, userName;
    var newItems, thisNewItem;

    dataItems = document.evaluate(

    for (var i = 0; i < dataItems.snapshotLength; i++)
    thisDataItem = dataItems.snapshotItem(i);
    userName = thisDataItem.innerHTML;

    /* hide known Trolls */
    for (var m = 0; m < knownTrolls.length; m++)
    if ( userName.search(knownTrolls[m]) != -1 )
    { var replacement = document.createElement('p');
    var companion = document.createElement('div');
    replacement.style.marginTop = "2em";
    replacement.style.marginBottom = "2em";
    replacement.style.color = "#f00";
    var newText = document.createTextNode("");
    var upperNode = thisDataItem.parentNode; // P
    var textNode = upperNode.previousSibling; // #text (whitespace)
    var commentNode = textNode.previousSibling; // Div
    upperNode.parentNode.replaceChild(companion, commentNode);
    upperNode.parentNode.replaceChild(replacement, upperNode);
    userName = "";


  2. glasater/http://www.wallawallaphotos.comJuly 2, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Really appreciate your flower photos--very nicely done.
    Everything around WW flora-wise was about in the same shape--two weeks behind. Wheat harvest will also be late and that is the real "biggy" around here.

    The Lupine towards Tollgate are yellow and really brighten the landscape when they're coming on.

    Thanks so much for your 'flora' post.

  3. bgates -- don't mind that comment at all. Hopefully it can be helpful!

    glaster -- glad you like the flora pics. They came out much better than I had anticipated. I didn't think our little camera would do macro shots very well...