Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sunday Evening Beauty

Recently DC and I took an early evening drive out west of our town. We had gone there a few days earlier, but forgot our cameras that time. We went the same time of the day to catch some of the scenes we were frustrated to miss when we foolishly left our cameras at home. Of course, it was a spur-of-the-moment drive the first time, so I guess we had a legitimate excuse.

We meandered through some wonderful country roads, enjoying the wonderful signs and sounds and scents. The freshly mowed hay --

The rocky ridges --

Horsetooth Rock - from an angle I've never seen it before --

This is what I've always seen from the eastern view --

The shadows at this time of evening are lovely --

We discovered this area called Bobcat Ridge, where a fire had destroyed much of the growth.

I love the look of the surviving trees on the ridge reaching toward the heavens.

This tree is fascinating to me - I wonder if it survived the fire and continues to stand.

The entry to the nature park, where students are brought every year from the area schools, has two of these beautiful sculptures --

These footprints are running across the sidewalks, as if a bobcat ran across wet pavement - I don't know if it's legitimate or not, but I Googled the paw prints and they are identical.

We met two ladies on their way down to the parking lot who had spotted a large bobcat very close to the trail - they felt he was a bit close for comfort, and was making some rather threatening sounding growls. They got a picture from a safe distance, and hightailed it down the trail.

We headed back for home, refreshed and feeling fulfilled. We stopped by our middle of town lake for a couple of shots.

Our late spring, early summer precipitation amounts were quite high this year - I couldn't believe how high the lake was, judging by these trees.

When we got home, we spotted these amazing thunderclouds from our front door.

I hope you enjoyed our little excursion - come and visit and we'll take you for a ride!


Linds said...

Beautiful Dawn - the tree looks like it was ripped out and tossed back to earth upside down - much like a baobab tree in Africa!

nannykim said...

Beautiful pics--glanced down at your other posts. I have never heard of Beany Malone (sp?) --curious about the cook book--are they kid type recipes? Why not share a few and tell me if you do--how about a few pictures of the inside? Sounds like you are busy as always. I remember the days of swim lessons at an indoor pool--the fumes used to get to me! Great pic of you in the old clothes! Congrats on the wt. loss and I know how hard it is to get it off when you get close to the ideal weight!

Glenda said...

Beautiful photos, Dawn, of places I've never seen! Love the tree! Even barren trees have a unique beauty.

jmckemie said...

Thanks for sharing. I likely will not make it back that way for some time so the visit via your pictures was truly enjoyable!

Glenda said...

Me, again! Thanks for your comments on my posts! I did take the pic of the tree, and I have a Nikon D60 camera. That Scripture has been such a comfort to me - especially during a very difficult time in years past.

Thanks for the update on the Phillips; hope they have a great time. Glad you got to enjoy assembly!

Linda said...

It was lovely Dawn. You live in such a beautiful part of the country. I just love getting in the car and just riding down country roads. We just don't do it often enough these days.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.

Needled Mom said...

Okay.....I'm ready to hit the road!!! Those are such lovely pictures. Glad that you went back with a camera so you could share it with us.

Susan said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!!

Maine Mom said...

I love getting glipses of your beautiful state. You always capture beautiful scenes!

I hope you make it to Prince Edward Island. I'd like to go there someday. You've sparked a desire in me to read the entire series of Anne of Green Gables again. I'm not sure if I've read the last few books or not. Maybe I'll start reading them to my older girls. :-)

groovyoldlady said...

Wonderful post, Dawn. Loved the pics!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! Do I ever love Horsetooth. I'm wondering now, is the CSU stadium still just below it? I went to many games there. LOLOL And concerts.

Long, long long ago, we used to drive up through the backside from Loveland to Horsetooth...where dad would take the boat out on the reservoir to fish. I can't think offhand what the name of that little town is called on the back side of the area. Something 'ville. LOL...age, or halfheimers.

Loved, loved, LOVED the photos of my stomping grounds of my childhood weekends Dawn.

And the clouds...oh the clouds!! Awesome.

Yep, I'm back online 'til sunrise then it's time to get back to work. It's gonna be another long day. Alex is gone...now it's a waiting game to see where the next storm will go when it builds up out there for another time. And, we didn't lose power, but we didn't have anything plugged in during the storms.

Have a great day. I have some photo updates from yesterday too, if you'd care to view.

Sammy said...

Wow, you are from a truly beautiful part of the country!

Gigi said...

Those lazy, no real destination trips are the best!! And those thunderheads - WOW!!!!

Sara said...

Breathtaking pictures! Delighted to meet you today. Followed over from Linda's patchwork quilt. Hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to slip off my shoes and drench in pure goodness.


A Hint of Home said...

Beautiful area of the country. Your pictures are so pretty.
Happy 4th of July!

...You May Say I'm A Dreamer said...

What gorgeous pictures! We really live in a most beautiful country with so much diversity. Thank you for sharing. Have a great holiday weekend!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Masonville! Yep, that was it. We had friends living on the south end of Horsetooth Reservoir....had to bring Bud over here today to show him the photos you shared.

Nicoolmama said...

BEAUTIFUL! I love living in Colorado!

Kristen said...

MOM!! I found my OLD BLOG!! The one with all my posts!! I posted tonight! Spread the word! YAY!

nancygrayce said...

You certainly do live in a beautiful part of the country! Horsetooth....looked just a shark tooth to me! :)