Monday, July 31, 2017

Old Fall River Road


Wayne and I drove up Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park yesterday - it was a perfect day for a mountain adventure. We stopped several times to explore and take photos of the wildflowers, clouds, animals, and scenery.

This is one of several marmots we saw.

Elephantheads

Asters

Willow Park Patrol Cabin built in 1923


Willow Park Creek

Paintbrush

Larkspur

Willow Park

Meadow full of wildflowers

Feather cloud

Alpine tundra

Alpine tundra

Feathery clouds

Tundra wildflowers

Chasm Falls
 
 
Lunch break on top of the world

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Longing for Spring

 
Thursday morning

The weather for the Rotary Duck Race on May 6 was brilliant and I thought winter was behind us. Mother Nature can be fickle, however, and from Wednesday night through Friday afternoon, we had more than three feet of snow. Once it started snowing, it just wouldn't quit. Today has been sunny and the snow is rapidly melting. Our power stayed on throughout the storm but several neighborhoods in the area lost their electricity. The snow was heavy and wet, bending branches of our newly leafed out aspens to the ground. Fortunately, we lost only one large branch.
 
Back deck on Thursday afternoon
 
Back deck on Friday morning
 

The hummingbirds in the area were cold and confused. I kept my two feeders filled with
sugar water and they kept sucking it up. I had to brush the snow off every half hour.
 

Here are a couple of photos taken from our local newspaper.
A local barn collapsed under the weight of the snow.

If you look closely, you can see a power line worker (dressed in green) at the
top of the pole trying to restore power while a moose ambles through the snow below.
 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Make Way for Ducklings

 
 
 I've hung my vintage duck flag from our front porch in anticipation of the annual Estes Park Duck Race to be held a week from today on May 6. The committee has been meeting for months and beginning Monday I'll be spending every day at Duck Central entering duck adoption form information into our database. Everything is going relatively smoothly with only a few minor glitches along the way. After the dreadful weather on last year's race day, we're counting on a blue-sky, white-cloud day.
 
 
  Here are a few of the duck dedicated volunteers in front of Duck Central.
 
 
 
 We even had a few elk wander by to see what the duck race is all about.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Family Visit

My sister Carol, her daughter Lillian, and Lillian's son Sylas visited us for a few days last week. Sylas, who celebrated his first birthday while they were here, was the star of the show. He charmed and entertained us.



We were especially happy that my mom could enjoy her adorable and newest great grandson.