Devil’s Backbone…..

Devil's Backbone as seen from the trailhead parking lot
Devil’s Backbone as seen from the trailhead parking lot

Less than a mile from my house, our first stop on Tuesday morning on the drive through the Big Thompson Canyon, toward Rocky Mountain National Park, was the trailhead leading to one of Loveland’s gorgeous open space areas. 

 

This area is called the Devil’s Backbone. The area gets it’s name from the unique rock formations called Flatirons. It is believed that the first settlers to this area arrived in 1858 creating farming settlements around the Devil’s Backbone and the Big Thompson River. Flatirons were given their name by these pioneer women, because the flat, jetted peaks reminded them of their metal irons. Not sure how these Flatirons were named The Devil’s Backbone.

 

The Devil’s Backbone Open Space area consists of 2,198 acres and lies in a beautiful valley just west of Loveland. As you hike, bike, bird, eat a picnic lunch or just sit taking in the view, you can’t help being overwhelmed by the areas serene beauty. I can’t wait to hike this area and to capture both a sunset and sunrise photo.

I can't believe how green our area is this year!
I can’t believe how green our area is this year!
You can just make one of the hiking trails
You can just make one of the hiking trails
A close-up of some of the Flatirons
A close-up of some of the Flatirons

WP:~Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep~

Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep climbing the cliffs in the Big Thompson Canyon
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep climbing the cliffs in the Big Thompson Canyon

Yesterday, as we were driving through the Big Thompson Canyon, west of Loveland, Colorado, heading up to Rocky Mountain National Park these sheep could be seen from the road.

We stopped to photograph them, which was a first for me. Two ewes were along side the road and the other ewe was up the canyon wall about thirty feet.

Bighorn sheep are named for the large, curved horns borne by the rams (males). Ewes (females) also have horns, but they are shorter with less curvature. They range in color from light brown to grayish or dark, chocolate brown, with a white rump and lining on the backs of all four legs. (as described on the wikipedia web-site).

These images are of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep; they are large, with males occasionally exceeding 500 pounds and females exceeding 200 pounds.

Pretty Face - Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep climbing the cliffs in the Big Thompson Canyon
Pretty Face – Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep climbing the cliffs in the Big Thompson Canyon
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (ewe) something has her attention
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (ewe). What does she see?
I think I have her attention; she was very high up the cliff.
I think I have her attention; she was very high up the cliff.
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep eating grass (ewe)
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep eating grass (ewe)
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (ewe)
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (ewe)
Off she goes leaving the other two!
Off she goes leaving the other two!
Just for fun!
Just for fun!

The Big Thompson Canyon is beautiful and rugged. I hope these images give you a feel of how the canyon looks during the summer.  With all of our rain this spring and summer the lush grasses and other vegetation are plentiful. Good for them, good for us!

FP:~Wildflowers in Rocky Mountain National Park~

The morning started out cool and beautiful with white puffy clouds floating like mysterious shapes in the azure sky. The stillness and quiet enhancing the allure to get out. So I got out and drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park to take a few photos. I spotted these wildflowers, growing among the trees, just off a trail.

Purple & Pink Wildflower
Purple & Pink Wildflower

seed, rain and light

entice many colors, so bright

purple, pink delight

White Wildflower
White Wildflower

wildflower in white

beauty growing in the sun

leaves a happy thought

Yellow & Orange Wildflower
Yellow & Orange Wildflower

yellow and orange

smiling swaying with the breeze

its sunny side up

Aspen Tree
Aspen Tree

nature leaves its mark

patterns display happenings

scared old aspen tree

White Yarrow
White Yarrow
Black & White
Black & White

I tried to find the names of these wildflowers, but didn’t have any luck. If you know what they are, please let me know.

Additional photos from Rocky to share tomorrow.

SBS: ~Eurasian Collared -Dove ~

Sheila’s Bird Shots: ~Eurasian Collared -Dove ~

This afternoon, while sitting on my deck, I was treated to some Dove Love. How fitting since it is my Anniversary!

Eurasian Collared-Dove (female)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (female)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (pair)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (pair)
Female asking for a kiss
Female asking for a kiss
Eurasian Collared-Dove (pair kissing)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (pair kissing)

This image was not real sharp and I wanted to include it to show the mating behavior so I decided to make it sepia

Beautiful Love Birds
Beautiful Love Birds
Love Birds doing what Love Birds do
Love Birds doing what Love Birds do

With love and commitment we enter into thirty-ninth year…..

Banyan Tree
Strong Roots

Miracle of life

Children are born and like roots of strong trees our foundations are formed

We live our young lives with love of family teaching us right from wrong

Success is release

A treasured gift given with love to choose our path

 

Support
and Support

Miracle of life

Finding a partner to share your life, how lucky am I to have found mine

Success is balance

His reserve and quite to my emotional and talkative side

His pause to leap, to my hang-on lets go

Fondness of nature
My Love

Miracle of life

Our partnership of respect, love, devotion and individualism

Success is commonality

A sense of adventure and a joy for simplicity

A fondness for finding beauty in nature and a wonder of the universe

Our path together continues
With adventure and simplicity our path continues

 

Wonder
Wonder

 

Miracle of life

Celebrating this day

Success is commitment

On our special day years ago we took our vows to share our lives

With love and commitment we enter into our thirty-ninth year

Entering of 39th year of marriage
Entering of 39th year of marriage with love and commitment

Time Marches On…..

On this day ten years ago, I turned 50.  No big deal! 

Today, I turned 60 and this one seems like a bigger deal!

Why, has sixty been much more emotional for me; another decade gone perhaps?

I will give it more though and see what answers I come up with.

Not complaining, I have enjoyed every single year and hopefully I will continue to enjoy each and every year going forward.

But my gosh – 60!

I keep telling myself:  “Get over it, no big deal.” 

Until I figure this out, I will try to keep my head on straight!

"I'll try to keep my head on straight!" (photo taken on the beach Hobe Sound, FL)
“I’ll try to keep my head on straight!”
(photo taken on the beach Hobe Sound, FL)

Do you have a particular birthday that seemed somewhat upsetting for you?

Enjoying retirement: On The Road & At Home