Friday, May 24, 2019

Springtime in the Rockies


Tuesday morning we woke to fine snow and fog smothering our neighborhood,
the winding down of a late May snowstorm that surprised us with six inches of snow. 


Fine Snow and Fog
Aurora, Colorado, U.S.A.
May 21,  2019
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Wednesday morning we woke to the big meltdown
and the sight of deer foraging on grass pushing up through the snow. 


Foraging Mule Deer
May 22,  2019
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By late morning the snow had vanished, 
and by evening it was hard to imagine it had snowed at all.


Tough Baby Leaves, No Longer Cocooned in Snow
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Such is springtime in the Rockies!

Prior to the snowstorm, I had spent days wandering in our open space,
finding comfort in the greening of our world.
Here are some of my favorite sights.


A mallard drake swims on "my" middle pond.
Piney Creek Open Space
Aurora, Colorado, U.S.A.
Spring,  2019
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Ready for Occupancy
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Baby Cottonwood Leaves
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Flushing Green
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Grackle with Female Catkins
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Along Piney Creek
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New Leaves, Old Bark
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Drake Swimming on "My" Middle Pond
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Nature's Garden
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Mama Red-winged Blackbird 
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Cottonwood Stand
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A Male Grackle
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Greening Up Along Piney Creek
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Rabbitbrush: Dried Blossoms and New Leaves
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Mallard Drake
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Till next time ~
Fundy Blue


Waiting for the Ferry to Tiverton
Grand Passage, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada
July, 2016
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For Map Lovers Like Me:


Location of Aurora, Colorado, USA




"My" Open Space Along Piney Creek
Where I Often Walk
Map Data © 2018 Google United States


Southern Aurora and Northern Parker
Map Data © 2019 Google United States





Adapted from a Sign in the Park
Red-Tailed Hawk Park
Aurora, Colorado, U.S.A.
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31 comments:

  1. Now that kind of snow I can handle, comes and goes just as fast. Hmmm I don't think Mr. Duck got the memo on that being your pond. He seems pretty serious that it is his and you aren't having none of it haha sure lots of sights to see nearby your sea indeed.

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    1. Oh, Mr. Duck definitely thinks the pond is his ~ LOL! One of the great things about living in Colorado is that, whatever the date on the calendar, any snow usually disappears quickly. Certainly on the roads and walkways. Once that solar heat switches on, the snow starts melting, and in the spring it's really a swift melt. btw, I'm loving seeing more of the sights in your area!

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  2. From winter back to spring in days. Some great photos, Louise!

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    1. Thanks, Alex! I never tire of "hunting" in our open space. Nature is calming and healing for me. Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Ugh, springtime snow. We had some at the beginning of May but it's long gone now. The trees have finally come out and the fruit trees are in blossom! Right on schedule on the May long weekend.

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    1. Long gone is always good, Debra! In Cape Breton people would always say that you shouldn't plant your garden until after Victoria Day. In the Annapolis Valley you could chance it a little earlier. There will be a lot of busy gardeners in Canada this weekend. I hope that you and your Rare One have a great weekend together!

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  4. I love all textures of the world around you. Everything here is blooming up a storm.

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    1. Thanks, Diane! Next to color, texture is my favorite element of art. The trees here have bloomed, but I'm still waiting for wildflowers. Enjoy your weekend!

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  5. Oh great photos!!! I love the deer photo, the "Ready for Occupancy" tree is AMAZING...that's my kind of tree!!! And the first photo of the snow and fog, wonderful! We had winters like that when I lived on P.E.I....it was snowy but so humid at the same time from the ocean I'm guessing!

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    1. Thanks, Rain! I have so much fun when I go "hunting" with my camera anywhere in nature, even if it is an urban open space. I was six when I left P.E.I. so what I remember was my excitement and wonder at snow falling out of the sky and its silent beauty as it covered my world. Hugs to you, my friend!

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  6. I have family & friends in both Denver and Colorado Springs (oh, and Monument). The snow pictures were gorgeous but I'm glad to not be there. May a few years back, my daughter graduated from college and we went (in the RV) to her graduation. We drove through snow, sleet, rain, back to snow....not fun.

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    1. Hi, Donna! We have driven through that sequence of weather many times, but never in an RV! Thank goodness! Monument is often a nightmare in a winter storm. I am very happy to be retired, especially during ad weather. Have a good one!

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  7. loved walking alongside you through the snow, then green grass, and seeing all your companions on the way.Where we live, snow is a rarity, but at a previous home, frost was the #1 danger on a narrow windy hilly road as we drove to work. Some places did not get any sun, and after 10 days or more, the ice was so dangerous.Now, thankful to be retired, I look back and wonder how we did those early morning drives for so many years. Are you still looking at a warmer climate??

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    1. Hi, Jean! I have always been grateful for the sunshine in Colorado, because it dries out snowy, icy roads quickly. I do not remember with fondness winter roads I drove on in Canada! Like you, I am thankful to be retired and to rarely have to worry about bad roads. Yes, we're still planning to relocate when we find the house we want. So far, offers on four houses, but none has worked out. I keep remembering your saying that the right one would come along; so I'm believing in that. Meanwhile, Colorado is wonderful and springtime glorious! Hugs to you and Hugh!

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  8. We just suffered a minor heatwave, could you mail me some of that Colorado snow?

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    1. I would if I could, Adam! It's all melted! Take care!

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  9. Hi, I'm visiting from Magic Love Crow...

    What a mix of weather you experienced!
    Here in the UK we have enjoyed some sunny days.
    I really enjoyed seeing all of your photographs.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hi, Jan! Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad that you enjoyed the photos. Have a great weekend!

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  10. Such gorgeous photos, Louise! It does happen that it may snow this time of year in certain places, but I can do without it. Thankfully, it melts very quickly if it does happen! Hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Martha! We are having a lovely weekend. I'm looking forward to going out for dinner and wine in several hours. I hope that you and George are having a great weekend too!

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  11. Send some snow my way as we’re dying in 100 degree heat—it’s too early for that. But keep the rabbit brush, that stuff drives my nose wild and gives me headaches.

    www.thepulpitandthepen.com

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    1. Hi, Sage! Sorry to hear that you're experiencing sweltering heat. Ugh! I prefer snow. Thank goodness I don't have any problems with rabbitbrush. Our complex has it as a decorative plant. Butterflies love it. Have a great week!

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  12. Such a beautiful landscape--with or without snow.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I love the open space near me, and it's becoming more and more precious as every scrap of land possible is being developed. Hugs to you Janie!

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    2. Constant development disturbs me, especially when buildings that could be refurbished sit empty.

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  13. This is the real magic of nature dear Louise :)

    and isn't it blessing that you are experiencing all the aspects of it :)

    i am happy that you are enjoying the changing colors of weather enough to capture them as magnificently !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    each view is spectacular and captivating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    specially the evening after snow melting is breathtakingly stunning !

    you are so skilled in capturing my friend!

    hope spring shows up it's more elegance and spread it's colorful wings even more widely in your surroundings!
    hugs!

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, Baili! I feel so happy when people enjoy my pictures! My world is GREEN in all it's shades. Hugs to you!

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  14. Over from George, and enjoyed the photos. You have such a great eye.

    Be back soon.

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    1. Thanks, Susan! I'm glad that you enjoyed the photos. I hope that you are having a great day!

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  15. The Wildlife Images are spectacular!

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