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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Brainard Lake

I took another hike in the Brainard Lake recreation area west of Boulder yesterday. And although I do go for the sightseeing and the exercise,
Brainard Lake

I always enjoy the flowers

 and the waterfalls,
Blue Lake

but the real reason I go is because . . . . .
 


of the mushrooms!! This prized edible is known by various names: boletus edulis (Latin), king bolete (English), porcini (Italian) or c├Ępe (French). But whatever you call it, it is delicious!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Lake Isabelle

Every once in a while, my solitude - admittedly self-imposed - finds me in a melancholy mood. My favorite form of self-medication is a hike in my beloved Rocky Mountains.
We've had a lot of rain lately and I set out yesterday to look for mushrooms on the Isabelle Glacier trail near Brainard Lake west of Boulder.

I didn't find any mushrooms, but the wildflowers were out in force.
And the streams were flowing swiftly.
I walked as far as Lake Isabelle, only two miles from the trailhead


And took a selfie before turning around
to head back down the way I came.
As an extra bonus, I encountered a couple of bull moose who stopped eating long enough to have their pictures taken.
Check out the size of those antlers - still covered with velvet!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Denver Botanic Gardens Chihuly Exhibit

A spur of the moment decision yesterday afternoon took me to the Denver Botanic Gardens. A typical visit might focus on the flowers such as the ones below: 
 
However, the Denver Botanic Gardens is currently featuring a special exhibition by the renowned glass artist, Dale Chihuly. The Blue Icicle Towers (below) is the first glass sculpture to greet the visitor



 Further on, the Monet Pool Fiori weaves artistry among the water lilies:


 Chihuly has installed a Blue and Purple Boat and Walla Wallas in the Japanese garden.

I loved the perennial gardens with their fantastical shapes and colors:


 There are plenty of whimsical exhibits
And darkness lends mystery to the collection
 

The exhibition is bewitching. Try to see it different lighting conditions.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cache la Poudre


Sunday's drive took me west of the town of Fort Collins where I attended college. I followed the Cache la Poudre river which was named by French trappers in the 1820s when they were caught by a snowstorm and were forced to bury part of their gunpowder along its banks.

The narrow canyon walls create stunning views

and some great white water rafting.
 The water is very cold and no one finishes the trip without getting wet!


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mount Evans

I'm back in Colorado enjoying the sunny skies and mountains of my home state. I took a drive this week to the summit of Mount Evans west of Denver.
Looking down through the clouds below the summit

I didn't see any of the mountain goats or bighorn sheep that frequent the mountain, but there were plenty of marmots out sunning themselves.

I always enjoy the twisted shapes of the bristle cone pines near treeline
Exposed roots of fallen bristle cone pine

and melting snow at the summit.

Friday, June 6, 2014

70th Anniversary of D-Day

Today I'm remembering a trip that we took in March to the beaches of Normandy.
Omaha beach looks very different today,

but you can still sense the horror of all those who fought and lost their lives here.

The French are still grateful to the Allies as liberators.
Over 9,000 Americans are buried nearby.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Mt. Hood

This was the view from my window seat on the flight from Portland to Denver yesterday.
I'll be staying in Colorado until the end of August.
Mt. Hood