The Winery in Bailey

Did you know that we have our very own winery in Bailey?  Aspen Peak Cellars opened their new facility earlier this year after a lightning strike fire destroyed their 135 year old barn located in Conifer last July, 2011.  The new winery is located along US Hwy 285 and the Platte River in The Rustic Square next to The Rustic Station Restaurant.  Be sure to stop in to tour their production facility and sample their wines in the tasting room.  Very friendly staff and wonderful wines!

The winery is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.  This month starts live music on Saturday afternoons.  They are closed Monday and Tuesday.   

To learn more about Aspen Peak Cellars, Clifton House Inn in Conifer, Lunch Bistro (delicious!), Friday night dinners, Bed and Breakfast rooms, go to their website at:

http://www.aspenpeakcellars.com

To learn more about other local businesses, go to The Bulletin Board menu option above.

Annular Eclipse of the Sun

In the evening of Sunday, May 20th, the moon will pass between the earth and the sun.  The moon will not completely cover the sun and this type of an eclipse is called an Annular Eclipse of the sun, or partial eclipse of the sun.  A ring of sunlight will be visible around the moon’s circle.  A Total Eclipse of the sun is when the moon’s orbit is closer to earth and appears larger than it will on Sunday when the moon will be farther away and will appear smaller, covering only 88 percent of the sun. 

The next Annular Eclipse will not occur again for another 18 years, on June 1, 2030.  The next Total Eclipse will be August 21, 2017.

Remember to protect your eyes if you want to view this sight!  Even weak sunlight can damage your eyes if you stare at the sun too long.  The only glasses safe enough to use for this event are #14 welder’s glass.  Most of us do not have welder’s glasses; therefore, everyone else should use a piece of paper.  Poke a small hole in the paper to let the sun light through. Look down NOT up to see the image of the sun projected onto the pavement or another piece of paper.

To learn more go to http://shadowandsubstance.com/.

Erosion Controls and Native Grass Seed Mixes

If you live in the mountains and your property slopes, then you understand what Erosion means and how important it is to try and prevent it.  According to WikipediaErosion is the process by which soil and rock are removed from the Earth’s surface by natural processes such as wind or water flow, and then transported and deposited in other locations.”  Erosion controls can be used to keep the soil in place by slowing down the speed at which wind or water moves across the surface.  Erosion control blankets help stabilize slopes, retain moisture for seed germination, and reduce wind erosion.  These blankets can be made out of straw, coconut fiber, aspen fiber, jute, or plastic.  Native grasses should be used in any seed germination project.  

To learn more, please see the Small Site Erosion & Sediment Control Manual published by the Jefferson County, Colorado Planning and Zoning Division.  The last two pages of this document include information about native grass seed mixes which can be purchased from the Pawnee Buttes Seed, Inc.  This documentation was obtained and submitted by Paul Ellis for all to reference.

We have babies!

A couple of Canada Geese and their goslings can be seen at our fishing pond!  This picture was submitted by David Lutter on May 10th and we are amazed at how the babies are growing bigger every day! 

Canada Geese will find a mate and stay together for the rest of their lives, they are monogamous.  They usually make their nest in an elevated area near water and we have seen them on top of a beaver lodge.  They lay their eggs in a shallow depression that they have lined with plants and feathers.  There can be between 3 and 8 eggs, and will hatch between 24 to 28 days after being laid.  The female spends more time on the nest, and the males are the ones leading their goslings all in a row.  The offspring will begin to fledge between 6 and 9 weeks of age, so you better hurry down to the pond and see them before they learn how to fly away!

To learn more about Canada Geese go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_Goose

To see more pictures go to the Birds page under the Photo Gallery menu option.