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The Backbone…..

The Valley
The Valley

On September 24, 2013,

My neighbor Shari, invited me to go with her on a hike to the Devil’s Backbone Open Space area.  The Backbone, as locals call this area, is located less than a mile to the west of us.

It is a gorgeous, 2,198 acre, open space area with jetting flatiron formations, and valleys filled with varied grasses, lichen covered rocks and prickly pear cacti. The trail system accommodates hikers, bikers and horseback riders.

In the morning we are heading out again on a hike, this time we are planning to go a little further down the trail. It is getting cooler here in northern Colorado so hopefully we won’t have to worry as much about the Rattlesnakes.

Tomorrow will be chilly, so I hope the Rattlesnakes are listening to the forecasters and planning to stay “under a rock!”

Here are a few scenes from our hike on Tuesday:

Early Morning Sunlight
Early Morning Sunlight
The Trail
The Trail
Fields of Grasses
The Grasses
The Backbone
The Backbone

Challenge: Key Hole: A Kyrielle Sonnet

Devil's Backbone
Devil’s Backbone

 

Key Hole: A Kyrielle Sonnet and Challenge

The winding trail that leads us there,

We walk together as a pair,

Enjoying this day fresh and new;

When and how the sun shines through.

 

The canyon, filled with grasses,

Color, shades of molasses,

Sunlit sparkling drops of dew;

When and how the sun shines through.

 

Wind, rain creates the key hole,

Gorgeous views you must behold,

White puffy clouds, sky so blue;

When and how the sun shines through.

 

The winding trail that leads us there,

When and how the sun shines through.

Photo taken today, while walking a trail, just to the west of my home. This photo, as all my photos , not enhanced.

 

Last Images from Tuesday’s Trip to Rocky…..

I am so very lucky to live in such a beautiful area `the Colorado Rockies

A Beautiful old Tree Stump
A Beautiful old Tree Stump

once beautiful tree

had lived many seasons

beauty in its death

Canyon Walls in the Big Thompson Canyon
Canyon Walls in the Big Thompson Canyon
Big Thompson River
Big Thompson River
Steller's Jay (very agitated because of the Crow)
Steller’s Jay (very agitated because of the Crow)
American Crow - looking pretty ragged
American Crow – looking pretty ragged
Another Hiking Path (dark clouds are to the left of this image)
Another Hiking Path (dark clouds are to the left of this image)
Upper Beaver Meadows. Why would anyone start out with clouds looking like that? See his wife down the path?
Upper Beaver Meadows. Why would anyone start out with clouds looking like that? See his wife down the path?
Meadow in Summer Colors
Meadow in Summer Colors

A fun day spent with friends in Rocky Mountain National Park…..

Exploring Rocky Mountain National Park is always enjoyable; however when you are showing friends around that have never seen this beautiful national park before, it is even more fun.

 

Summer in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park
Summer in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park

Friends from Louisiana were visiting us and we drove up to Rocky to spend the day. I can remember seeing Rocky for the first time about 27 years ago when we moved from Louisiana to Colorado.

As most people do, I think our Louisiana friends fell in love with this Colorado national park, so much so, they just might be back for another visit. I hope so!

Seeing a place so gorgeous, for the first time, is a memory I think we all hold dear and one we usually never forget.

Tamias minimus - Chipmunk
Tamias minimus – Chipmunk