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This photo selection is mostly intended for photos which have not been included in the blog posts. They might be either from trips not covered on this blog or photos just not included in the posts … as I have way too many to be posting all the ones I like. I make no claim as to the artistic or technical merit of the photos, they are simply ones that I personally like for one reason or another.

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12.02.2022.  OK, so I'm not doing very well this year with the "a photo each Friday" in this section! But you get a lot of 2-fers. These are a couple old buildings from the ruins of gold and silver mines near Central City, Colorado, once known as "the richest square mile on earth." What I want to share in these photos is the interesting metal siding put over the original wooden structures. I don't know just how the buildings looked when the metal was first put up, but I love the variety and richness of colors that the metal has aged into. 

*12.02.2022*

 

10.28.2022.  More from Caribou Ranch Open Space (see also pic on 10.7.2022). I've walked this area often, but I don't think I'd ever noticed the meager remains of this cabin before. They're not far off the trail, so I was quite surprised to notice this "new" thing. It just goes to show how much there is around us (or me, anyway) that, even when mindful of our present surroundings, we can miss. And there was an old tea kettle sitting serenely on a lichen-covered rock, waiting — who knows for how long — for someone to call tea time.

*10.28.2022.*

 

10.21.2022. Exploring the mining country around what has been called "the richest square mile on earth" is our primary summertime hobby. We seem to find new treasures each year, even though it is a small area in Colorado. There were just so many small-scale mines in the forests. We wish we had started this earnest exploration a few decades ago, as a lot of what we find by now is simply piles of wood from collapsed cabins, mills, shafthouses, etc. This is one of our favorite finds this year. By the looks of items left inside, I'd guess it was inhabited until the 1970s or so, which explains its relatively good condition. 

*10.21.2022*

 

10.7.2022. A couple photos of this year's autumn aspen colors at Caribou Ranch Open Space in Nederland, Colorado. This is one of my favorite haunts for its scenic and historic components. You can read more about this area, through which the old Switzerland Trail Railroad once passed, in my post about it HERE.

*10.07.2022*

 

09.23.2022.  The Theresa Mine headframe along the Vindicator Valley Trail just outside of Victor, Colorado. This gold mine operated from 1895 - 1961. I didn't have time to walk the 2-mile trail around a bunch of mining ruins, but there is no doubt I will be back soon to walk it. The old mines in this area of Colorado tend to be much larger and were begun much later in the 19th century than the old mines near me in Gilpin and Boulder counties. This one is pretty impressive, looming against the dusky sky. 

*09.23.2022*

 

09.02.2022.  One way to date the old cabins and mining ruins around Colorado is by the items in the midden heaps. Particularly metal food cans. The heydey of the gold and silver mines was in the 19th century. The "hole-in-cap" cans, such as this one sitting in the window sill of an old cabin at a mine, with soldered tops and seams, date to the mid-to-late 19th century. It's harder to find these relatively in tact now, most of them left on the ground are disintegrating back into the soil. Even from 20 years ago, they have become harder to find. I think it's fun to discover them and know the site is a particularly early one. (See the light-colored ring on the top of the can and the dot in the middle — this is the soldering you can recognize to date the can by.)

*09.02.2022*

 

08.26.2022.  Wildflower season coincides with exploring season! When we take our 4WD vehicles out in the maze of roads around our area scouting for old ruins from the 19th and 20th century mining era. Scouting for new ones and revisiting old ones, charting the progress of their sad declines as time and the elements and the forest overtake them. We've seen this one from a main road for years but only this year stopped to explore it when we realized how easy it was to access. Gilpin County, Colorado. I need to do more research before I can tell you more about this mine. (and I have plenty more pics!) 

*08.26.2022*

 

08.05.2022.  It's that time of year when I'm going bonkers posting wildflower photos from the fields near my home on Facebook. This year I bought myself a macro lens and have been having a blast with it. Here are a few insect travelers I captured traveling around their floral world. The flowers in order:  paintbrush, bistort, blue columbine, unknown leaf, buckwheat ... lady bugs don't look quite so cute head on! 

*08.05.2022*

 

07.22.2022.  We recently took Pinzy up on our annual pilgrimage up to Kingston Peak, a tough 4x4 route in our 'hood. Apparently, this was earlier in the year than we typically go, as we crested a hill and rounded a corner to find a sight we'd never before: this glorious field of yellow. The sun was lighting it up perfectly. 'Twas a rather magical moment. We seldom run into other vehicles up there, but this day a 4Runner came by and this adorable, frenetic dog came bounding through the flower field to me. The driver stopped to talk to Erik and the dog stopped to solicit some petting from me. I snapped a few photos of her in the flower field. I showed one to the guy on my camera and he thought it was really sweet. I told him that if he wanted to have me send him full size pics to look me up on Team Killer Rabbit's FB page (Erik's page for Pinzy). I posted the photos there, and Erik told me this morning that the guy did find the page and was happy to see the photos of his dog. These are a few pics of the field and the dog. 

Field of yellow daisies and white bistort along Kingston Peak 4x4 trail. Colorado.

Happy dog in a field of yellow daisies and white bistort along Kingston Peak 4x4 trail. Colorado.

Clouds above a field of yellow daisies along Kingston Peak 4x4 trail. Rollinsville, Colorado.

*07.22.2022*

 

07.15.2022.  Pretty much our backyard, west of Nederland, Colorado. You can hike or take a 4x4 above the old mining town of Caribou. The first view is looking southwest, the second view is looking east to the Front Range plains and you can see Pinzy down below, looking so small amid the grand landscape. The altitude here is above 10,000 feet. Our town Nederland was named by Dutch miners after their home country, the name means "Low Lands." Everyone wonders why Nederland, at 8,200 feet above sea level, is named Low Lands. It's because the mines were at Caribou at 10,000 feet and the mills were in Nederland, relatively low lands compared to Caribou. 

*07.15.2022*

 

07.01.2022.  Hopefully I will soon have a new post up about the cemeteries at Central City, Colorado. There are four main ones that I know of and one small one containing I think it's 12 graves. Last fall and this spring I spent some time among them. As all cemeteries of the old mining towns do, these all have a disproportionately large number of child graves, often marked only with "baby." These are a couple more elaborate baby tombstones at the Nevadaville Cemetery above Central City. 

*07.01.2022*

 

06.10.2022.  I guess she didn't want to get her feet wet! Funny, most of the other elk were wading through or standing in the water. Big Thompson River through Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park. 

Elk jumping over the water of Big Thompson River through Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park.

*06.10.2022*

 

06.03.2022.  My favorite time of year along the Peak to Peak Highway (Colorado) and in Rocky Mountain National Park is the short spring when the mountains still have snow and the meadows are green and sprouting flowers. A day just like this day (taken June 1, 2022). This is my favorite view in the park no matter which season -- from Upper Beaver Meadows.

*06.03.2022*

 

05.20.2022.  Last week I was introduced to somewhere I've never been before, only about an hour's drive from me down on the flatlands near Erie, Colorado: St. Vrain State Park. It consists of a series of ponds, a creek, and camping pads, making for a nice little getaway. It's right next to a major interstate, I-25, so I can't claim that it's a *peaceful* getaway, but the birds certainly do not seem to mind the traffic hum, and it's a pretty location, you can fish on the ponds. I was happy to learn of it. It was a brooding overcast evening, so the Front Range mountains were largely obscured, but on a clear day, the view to the west will be outstanding. We saw several osprey and although I didn't see them, bald eagles nest here. 

Baby geese and their parents on a pond at St. Vrain State Park, near Erie, Colorado.

 *05.20.2022*

 

05.13.2022.  I drive by this lovely church, "Chapel on the Rock," outside Allenspark, Colorado, fairly often and I almost never stop to take a photo in spite of how photogenic it is. Well the other day I stopped, as I liked the snow-patched peak lined up behind the center peak of the chapel and the side tower on the right lined up with the slope of the mountain as if the ridgeline would collide with the tower.  

Chapel on the Rock at Camp St. Malo, Allenspark, Colorado, snowy peak behind it.

*05.13.2022*

 

05.06.2022.  Another bird species I saw nesting this year in the dense foliage of Popoyote Lagoon in Ixtapa was egrets. I'd never seen baby egrets before, and my goodness were they cute. I love their fuzzy coloring of white and gray. Here are a couple shots of busy egret parents and their demanding chicks! 

Two snowy egret chicks in a nest with a parent, in the trees, Popoyote Lagoon, Playa Linda, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Five large snowy egret chicks in a nest with a parent, in the trees, Popoyote Lagoon, Playa Linda, Ixtapa, Mexico.

*05.06.2022*

 

04.15.2022.  I noticed a yellow crowned night heron once before at the Popoyote Lagoon in Ixtapa, Mexico, several years ago. I was excited this year to see not only another one, but three other ones. I noticed a lone heron and then this couple who were building a nest some distance away from the main fray of spoonbill, egret and woodstork nests, in a very secluded nook in a tree. I watched them for a very long time on two different days waiting for them to look at me, but they never did! They looked to the sides, at each other, and away from me, showing me their butts. I felt like it was rather personal! 

Yellow crowned night heron male and female, in the trees, Popoyote Lagoon, Playa Linda, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Yellow crowned night heron male and female facing each other, in the trees, Popoyote Lagoon, Playa Linda, Ixtapa, Mexico.

*04.15.2022*

 

04.01.2022.  As I mentioned last week, I hit the jackpot with baby birds. The first ones I saw were the roseate spoonbills; I've only seen babies one other time and my excitement was high over seeing a nest of them. Then another nest. Then another, and another. Then I realized all the nests of other species, too. But here are a few spoonbill chicks. The chicks in the various nests had hatched at different times, some chicks were still so tiny I could barely see their heads over the top of the nest and some were quite a bit older. The first one below I named Baby Baron because it was always spreading its wings and looking over the edge of the nest. The next one, I just love the expression on its face. 

Roseate spoonbill chick spreading its wings, looking over the edge of its nest. Playa Linda, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Nest of roseate spoonbill chicks, one with an attitude. Playa Linda, Ixtapa, Mexico.

*04.01.2022*

 

03.25.2022.  After taking a year off last year due to COVID, I returned to Ixtapa to find my Popoyote Lagoon absolutely overflowing with nesting birds and squawking chicks of several difference species. This is later in the year than I have usually traveled there, and I hit the jackpot with baby season. Very difficult to photograph them through the dense foliage, but I certainly made heroic efforts, haha, and will share some in the coming weeks. This is a nesting couple of roseate spoonbills, looks like their babies have not hatched, and they were still busy constructing their nest. 

Roseate spoonbill couple in their nest. Popoyote Lagoon, Playa Linda, Ixtapa, Mexico.

*03.25.2022*

 

02.11.2022. Another wild horse eye today. I find them captivating. On this horse, I like her white-brown-blonde colors — white star on her forehead and lovely blonde mane. 

Close up of an eye of a wild horse of Placitas, New Mexico.

 *02.11.2022*

 

02.04.2022.  Placitas, New Mexico, is home to several bands of free-roaming wild horses. It's a beautiful sight to see these animals who are otherwise so associated with humans, like they've become appendages to us, running free. As it is a time of severe drought in the area, humans do pitch in and put out hay and water for them, which they surely appreciate, but they are free to come and go wherever they choose. I don't think I've ever seen a truly wild horse, belonging to no one, until we saw these in New Mexico.

*02.04.2022*

 

01.21.2022.  Happy new year, dear readers, a little late. I spent the first half of the first month of 2022 dealing with an extremely painful tooth abscess! It was delightful. One thing I accomplished last year was to recreate my photography website that was lost in a server crash. It was a lot of work but in one way a bit of fun to have to go back through all my photos I've posted over the years and decide which ones to include and what categories to make. I made one gallery all about doors and locks, and ran across this photo in the process. I like it because of the textures. Taken with a simple point-and-shoot camera while in Tunisia. 

Padlocks on a rusting chain. Abandoned ksar in Tunisia.

*01.21.2022*

 

12.17.2021. Another cemetery above Central City is for members of the order of the Knights of Pythias. I didn't even know there was such an organization! I looked it up; it was the first fraternal organization chartered  by Congress in America, actually. Abraham Lincoln himself suggested the charter in 1864. This photo was just taken with the camera on my cell phone, but I liked how the ray of late-day sun beamed light over this headstone ... kind of an ethereal scene.

Gravestone with shaft of sunlight, Knights of Pythias cemetery, Central City, Colorado.

*12.17.2021*

 

12.10.2021.  Wait, how is it December 10? I have been really lax on the Friday Photo this year, it seems! I recently visited some local cemeteries established in the 19th century in the mining towns. They are rather lonely-feeling places, though peaceful and I would like to return to them in subsequent seasons. I love looking at the old tombstones. Mostly I just wonder who the people were, where they came from (white peeps didn't really live here before 1858 with the exception of maybe some fur trappers), what they did, if they struck it rich in mining. These are a couple from the Central City Cemetery, Colorado. 

Gravestone of Dennison Ely, pioneer of 1858, in Central City Cemetery, Colorado.

Gravestone overgrown with weeds in the Central City Cemetery, Colorado.

*12.10.2021*

 

11.12.2021.  OK, let's step back to this summer for the next few Fridays to some of the fun critters who let me take their photo. One pleasure I had was this momma moose and her baby in the forest beside our house. I knew there was a baby moose in the area because I'd seen teeny tiny poops beside big moose poops at the edge of our property and into the forest. After several weeks I'd just about given up being able to see it. One day I went into the woods to a spot with some special flowers I was going to show to a friend, but we couldn't get to them for the better part of an hour because guess what, the baby moose and mum were standing right in our path, and in no hurry to go anywhere! So I had to go looking for something else before I found the moose. I then had several more encounters with them. 

Shiras moose mother and baby in the forest. Nederland, Colorado.

I love the expressions on their faces below. I giggle every time I look at this photo.  

Shiras moose mother and baby in the forest, funny expressions. Nederland, Colorado.

*11.12.2021*

 

11.05.2021.  Slate Creek Bridge down CO Hwy 9 outside of Silverthorne, Colorado, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. To me it looks just like a regular bridge, but in fact it is the only example of this type of bridge still standing in it's original location in Colorado. If you know your bridges ..... constructed by the American Bridge Company in 1924 over the Blue River, it consists of a rigid-connected, eight-panel steel Parker pony truss with buttresses. I saw this in the register and went out looking for it, but had I just driven over it randomly, I would have had no idea it had any significance! It looked nice, though, with the autumn foliage. And I guess you can see why it is called the "Blue" River!  

Slate Creek Bridge over the Blue River near Silverthorne, Colorado. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Slate Creek Bridge over the Blue River, steel Parker pony truss with buttresses, near Silverthorne, Colorado.

*11.05.2021*

 

10.29.2021.  From a trip to Italy many years ago. I haven't chronicled that trip on the blog, but looking back over the photos recently, maybe I should make a post with some of the pics. I don't even remember now where exactly some were taken, but I realize my little point-and-shoot camera that I had at the time did not do a bad job, all things considered. Using what is by now an ancient version of LightRoom, I could take out a lot of the graininess in low-light photos, which was probably the primary weakness of the camera. The first pic is the ceiling in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. Under that is a digital collage I made at the time in Photoshop (a super-duper ancient version) using other images taken inside the Basilica. 

Ceiling dome inside St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Italy.

Digital collage of images inside St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Italy.

*10.29.2021*

 

10.22.2021.  More autumn colors along Green Mountain Reservoir near Silverthorne, Colorado. The first pic is Heeney Road which flanks the reservoir, second pic on the dirt road -- which could be very narrow in places and I'm very glad I didn't run into oncoming traffic -- is Cataract Creek Road which heads up above the reservoir. Particularly rich colors for Colorado's aspen trees. 

Heeney Road along Green Mountain Reservoir, autumn 2021, Silverthorne, Colorado.

Cataract Creek Road above Green Mountain Reservoir, near Silverthorne, Colorado, autumn 2021.

 

10.08.2021. The first pic from autumn colors in my home state of Colorado this year. It's an uncharacteristically late year for the aspens to still be in such good form (this photo snapped on October 7). This is on a road to a campground above Green Mountain Reservoir which is along Highway 9 between Silverthorne and Kremmling. The colors this year are electric! 

Autumn colors, October 2021, Cataract Creek Road above Green Mountain Reservoir, Silverthorne, Colorado.

*10.08.2021*

 

09.17.2021.  Reworking some images from Iran ... portions of the peacock ceiling in the Imam Mosque, Isfahan. I didn't own a wide angle lens at that time, so could only capture snippets of this incredible, expansive ceiling and the walls that extend down. One of the most remarkable pieces of architecture and interior design I've seen.  

Interior of Imam Mosque, Isfahan, Iran. Lower portion of peacock ceiling and wall extending down.

Interior of Imam Mosque, Isfahan, Iran. Lower portion of peacock ceiling and wall extending down.*09.17.2021*

 

09.03.2021.  The little American pika is one of my favorite critters, they live at high altitude (I typically see them above tree line) here in my home state of Colorado. They do not hibernate in winter but live in their network of underground corridors and tunnels they build beneath rock falls. So basically they spend their summer collecting food to store for the long winter. And they kick into overdrive in the fall. I watched this little guy run about manically, not stopping for a second, collecting grasses and bringing them to his caches -- he was alternating between three different spots. They so tiny but so spunky. Here are a few missions he ran (I watched him for about half an hour).

American pika gathering grasses in preparation for winter. Kingston Pass near Rollinsville, Colorado.

American pika gathering grasses in preparation for winter. Kingston Pass near Rollinsville, Colorado.

American pika gathering grasses in preparation for winter. Kingston Pass near Rollinsville, Colorado.

*09.03.2021*

 

08.20.2021. Our trip to Leadville, Colorado, this year was taken with the primary activity in mind of exploring 4x4 roads and hoping to see lots of ruins from the 19th and 20th century gold and silver mines. But we were astounded by the wildflower fields we ran across near timberline -- I personally have not experienced such large and densely populated wildflower fields in Colorado (and I live near some pretty nice ones). It was a surprise, and ended up actually being the highlight of our trip. This is just one field near the bottom of Mosquito Pass.Wildflower field of yellow daisies and Indian paintbrush stretches to the mountains at the bottom of Mosquito Pass. Leadville, Colorado. Rocky Mountains.

Wildflower field of yellow daisies, purple penstemons and Indian paintbrush stretches to the mountains at the bottom of Mosquito Pass. Leadville, Colorado. Rocky Mountains. and our 4Runner.

*08.20.2021*

 

07.30.2021.  Long Lake, part of the Brainard Lake recreation area in northwestern Boulder County, has always been a place to head to on a whim, a nice day, a free moment. Now there are too many people on Colorado's Front Range, one needs to have a timed entry reservation. It's sad and frustrating, but I actually managed to get an early entry for this morning. Some flowers below the peaks ... paintbrush featured in the top photo, elephant heads in the bottom.

Paintbrush and alpine daisies at Long Lake, Brainard Lake recreation area, Ward, Colorado.

Elephant heads and other flowers along the trail around Long Lake, Brainard Lake recreation area, Ward, Colorado.

 *07.30.2021*

 

07.23.2021.  One of the truly countless cabins and mining structures falling at last into ruins around Leadville, Colorado. By now most of these wooden buildings are mere piles of wood on the ground. Each year that goes by, sighting ones still standing becomes more notable and more special. Bright patch of red flowers in front, not sure what they are, we did not cross the ponds to find out. 

Collapsing cabin near ponds and mine tailings at Stumptown near Leadville, Colorado. *07.23.2021*

 

07.16.2021. Wildflowers in full swing around my 'hood in the Rocky Mountains. This is our favorite field, in Gordon Gulch. 

Wildflowers in Gordon Gulch near Nederland, Colorado.

 *07.16.2021*

 

06.25.2021.  In honor and memory of my mother-in-law who loved irises and is the person who made it possible for me to pursue photography ... she passed away in late May and we had her memorial service last weekend. She was an unbelievably prolific artist, and I mean that truly, the breadth of her talents and mediums was astonishing. My favorite series of paintings she did was called Iris Interludes. Anyway, these are some captures of wild iris that grow in the marsh near my house from early June of this year. The bright pink stars in some of the photos are shooting stars, one of my springtime favorites. 

 *06.25.2021*

 

06.04.2021. Trail Ridge Road is now open in Rocky Mountain National Park. I went a few days after it opened for the season — my favorite time when the mountain range is snow-capped and the roadside is still lined with plowed-up snow. 

*06.04.2021* 

 

05.28.2021. Probably my all-around favorite subject to photograph:  kitty cats! My own kitties and kitties I meet while traveling. Here's a black and white conversion I did of a kitty in the village of Mesta on Chios Island, Greece. If you'd like to meet all the kitties I encountered on Chios, check 'em out  HERE

*05.28.2021*

 

05.21.2021.  Rocky Mountain National Park May 21 ... first time I've been since 2019. It was closed a lot in 2020, first for the pandemic and then because of forest fires. I'm so relieved that it survived the fires and looks as glorious as ever in spring with snow-capped peaks and greening meadows. As of today Trail Ridge Road wasn't open yet. The elk were out in large numbers in Moraine Park. 

*05.21.2021* 

 

05.14.2021. Since I'm not currently traveling in the age of COVID, lots of blasts from the past in 2020 and 2021 Friday Photos! Here are some new ones I just processed from Yungang Grottoes near Datong, China. An absolutely amazing place where Buddhists about 1500 years ago carved extensively into a soft cliffside. 

Sitting Buddha, Yungang Grottoes, Datong, China.

Little man statue holding up arm of large Buddha statue. Yungang Grottoes, Datong, China.

See more photos from this amazing place HERE

*05.14.2021*

 

05.07.2021.  Going back through some of my penguin photos from our Antarctica trip ... every time I do this, I notice more funny things in the photos. I was disappointed in the fuzziness of the babies, I think the lighting was tough for the camera to pick them out against their parents' bodies and the similarly-colored rocks. I was pretty far away, these are all majorly cropped in. But here are a few new ones I found that make me smile. These gentoo penguins were in Yankee Harbor, South Shetland Islands.  First a proud mama with her twins.

Proud mama with her twin babies. Gentoo penguin, Yankee Harbor, South Shetland Islands.

Baby: "Look, ma! I'm practicing flying!" Ma: "I've told you a hundred times, honey, you can't fly!"  But hey, a penguin can dream, right?

Baby gentoo penguin extending his little flippers from underneath his mom's belly. Yankee Harbor, South Shetland Islands.

One of these rocks is not like the other ones! Can you tell which one? 

 *05.07.2021*

 

04.30.2021. I'm thinking of GREEN today! Remembering times when it was hot and colorful, and snow seemed like a wild fantasy. These are the rice fields in Longji, outside of Yangshuo, China. Green and lush, and everywhere the sound of water trickling down from one terrace to the next. 

Green Longji Rice Terraces outside Yangshuo, China.

And why am I obsessed with green and warmth today? Well, I'm posting this Friday Photo a couple days late on Monday, May 3, instead of the slightly fibbed April 30 advertised. And today, May 3, this is what it's like at my house, below. We've had more significant snow storms this spring than I can remember. One just last week, which I thought was late enough. And now May 3. Bring on the summer, please! Nederland, Colorado.

*05.03.2021*

 

04.23.2021.  Say what? It appears to have been a month since I last posted a Friday Photo. Here's a blast from the past. Every once in awhile I get an unexplained urge to go back to old posts on my blog and redo the photos (and sometimes the text). By old posts, I mean before I either had or knew how to really use photo editing software. To be sure, I don't do a lot to photos, I'm not a fan of major manipulation. But often the lighting or exposure could be improved to more accurately reflect what I actually saw with my eyeballs. All photos from this era were shot with very simple cameras. I also like to despeckle low-light photos. Anyway ... here are few redos from the Great Wall of China. It was such an amazing place to be. If you want to see more, check out my blog post about my 9-kilometer hike along the wall HERE

Great Wall of China, looking through the window of a watch tower to a stretch of wall along the Jinshanling to Simatai stretch.

Partially restored, partially crumbling, section of Great Wall of China between Jinshanling and Simatai. *04.23.2021*

 

03.26.2021.  I always snap pictures of domestic kitty cats wherever I'm traveling -- strays and pets -- I love running into them wandering around villages and cities. This kitty was crouching behind a pillar in Reykjavik, Iceland. Scanning through preview-size photos in image viewing software, I hadn't paid too much attention to this photo -- there wasn't much context to it and branches were in the way of the kitty. Just recently I realized what the black blob on the right-hand side is, and now it makes me laugh. Kitty had probably been hiding out in his little blind waiting for that bird he knew was there to come into view, with a big pounce in mind. He looks a little forlorn that the bumbling tourist heedlessly flushed the bird out and it was flying away completely not according to kitty's plan. Sorry little kitty! 

*03.26.2021*

 

03.12.2021.  A giraffe periscope. Well camouflaged in the bushes, haha. Okavango Delta region, Botswana. 

Giraffe poking its head up like a periscope. Okavango Delta, Botswana.

*03.12.2021*

 

2.19.2021. Although I am happy for the much-needed moisture that recent snow has brought to the Rocky Mountains, I am not happy for the wind that is blowing it around like mad into drifts that I will have to shovel through. Such is my life when I am at home and not traveling. There are many things that make it worth suffering through the cold winters, though, like the critters who visit my yard. A pair of moose has been coming by several mornings in a row this last week. 

Young Shiras moose in my yard in the snow. Nederland, Colorado.

*02.19.2021*

 

2.12.2021.  A few more shots from driving the Colorado River Road, which follows, as you might guess, the Colorado River through Eagle County, CO, often directly beside it, such as in these photos. I could probably count the number of cars I encountered in about 40 miles on my two hands. A very relaxing drive. There is also a passenger train line that follows the river for some distance. Just as I got out to take a pee break, it came around the corner (second pic down). 

Hill in the sunshine beside the Colorado River Road.

Passenger train in a canyon along the Colorado River Road.

View through my windshield along the Colorado River Road, Eagle County, CO.

*02.12.2021*

 

1.29.2021. Along the lovely Colorado River Road ... lonesome but beautiful. I'm told this cabin was actually a school house in its day. 

Old abandoned school house along the Colorado River Road, Eagle County, Colorado.

*1.29.2021*

 

11.27.2020. I recently took a week's vacation to Vail, Colorado, for personal productive time. But one day I went out for a drive and saw a small herd of bighorn sheep along the road. I snapped a picture with my phone (didn't have my camera) through the car window, but later I was actually able to get out of the car and stand nearish (not too near!), there was even a baby! I'd been wanting to see bighorn sheep up close for ages, and finally I scored. 

Male bighorn sheep standing along the Colorado River Road.

*11.27.2020*

 

11.06.2020. It started out as a small project to revamp one post in my Tunisia archive and I ended up redoing the whole thing, as I realized how lacking the articles were ... these were letters to a maillist that I just transferred to the blog after I started it. At the time of the trip I was having to send photos as attachments with email, so I didn't include very many. I realized recently how many photos I love from that trip -- i.e. how much cool stuff we saw! -- so I processed up a whole bunch. As of today, still working on one whole new post. But here's a preview of some of the new pics in the post, "Sweating It Out Among the Ksars." Check out the post for more. :-) 

Ruins of abandoned ksar, Douiret, Tunisia.

Inside ruins of abandoned ksar, Guermessa, Tunisia.

*11.06.2020*

 

10.23.2020.  Is there anybody left who doesn't know how much I love capturing an animal with its tongue out? My favorite big cat, the cheetah, with his tongue out: woo-hoo. In a cheetah pile of five males who have formed a coalition in the Masai Mara, Kenya. 

Male cheetah sticking his tongue out at me, Masai Mara, Kenya.

*10.23.2020*

 

10.16.2020. Earlier this summer, two days after the Cameron Peak Fire started, which has now become the largest wildfire in Colorado's history still raging two months later, we attended our second Gambler 500 rally. The fire started near the trails set for the rally and some of them had to be rerouted. Wildfires are something we live with every year in Colorado, some years more than others. Right now in the middle of a pretty severe drought, there are fires all throughout the mountains. Here the sun lights the hill a particularly golden color with a smokey blue sky as the backdrop. 

 *10.16.2019*

 

10.9.2020.  It's peak "leaf-peeping" season in my neck of the woods. We just have aspen trees and lots of different bushes and grasses that turn color. One of my very favorite places to go for a walk during this season is Caribou Ranch Open Space. Here are a few pics I took in the last few days. You can read a whole post I made about this trail, which follows the old Switzerland Railroad grade, and its historic features, HERE

Aspens turning in autumn, Switzerland Railroad in Caribou Ranch Open Space, Nederland, Colorado.

Aspens turning in autumn, Switzerland Railroad in Caribou Ranch Open Space, Nederland, Colorado.

Aspens turning in autumn, Switzerland Railroad in Caribou Ranch Open Space, Nederland, Colorado.Aspens turning in autumn, Switzerland Railroad in Caribou Ranch Open Space, Nederland, Colorado.

*10.09.2020*

 

10.2.2020.  Into the mine! 25 years ago we could still find mines in our area of Colorado that hadn't been closed in. (I hear tell, of course ... naturally I'm not so old as to have been exploring 25 years ago.) But in more recent years, most of them were purposefully blocked at the entrance by pulling rocks down -- basically a man-made cave-in. Some mines only have a grate across the entrance and it's fun to peer inside, but most of those no longer have cart tracks extending inside, just the dirt ground. So this was a pretty rare find for this day and age of a mine not caved in with tracks still in tact and perfect view inside ... way inside. 

Old abandoned mine with mining cart tracks still in place inside. Montezuma, Colorado.

*10.02.2020* 

 

9.25.2020.  Whew boy, I'm really slacking on the Friday Photo this year. But Erik and I just took a week vacation to another area of Colorado a couple hours away from us to do 4x4 routes. So ... I have a new batch of photos! But I'll start with just an autumn pic because, sadly, autumn is already here. It's beautiful but I don't appreciate it being the harbinger of winter. The area around Breckenridge, CO, is full of little valleys that have been all dammed up by beavers. For as many dams and beaver lodges as I saw over the week, I can't believe I never saw an actual beaver! Here's such a valley, filled with willow bushes, called Chihuahua Gulch. You definitely need a high-clearance vehicle to drive up this route. 

Chihuahua Gulch, 4x4 trail off the Peru Creek road, near Breckenridge, Colorado, willow bushes turning golden in autumn.

*09.25.2020* 

 

7.24.2020.  Summer at home is a blast exploring all the 4x4 roads around us -- forest service roads and innumerable old mining roads. It's hard to even fathom how many cabins and mines were lived in and operating during the century between mid 1800s and mid 1900s. When you look out at the area, it looks like just forested wilderness. But when you start exploring, you realize it was practically a metropolis around here. There's a huge map of all the old mining claims in the Nederland Mining Museum, and it looks like a Spirograph drawing gone wrong. Every year we think surely we've found just about everything there is to find. But in mid-July this year we've already found three new mining sites and one strange hoarder site. Anyway, here are a few photos from this month's outings. 

*07.24.2020* 

 

7.3.2020.  OK, so I've been chillin' at home whilst the COVID19 pandemic swirls around me and the world. But it is my immeasurably great fortune to have a home next to a gem of a little forest where wildflowers abound in the summer. Below is a little album of some of the local flowers blooming to date. So I didn't travel far as the crow flies to get these, but it really is another world as soon as I step into the forest even though my house is just over yonder. I'm putting them in the order in which they bloom. It's still early summer here, so more will be coming out by the day. The first photo is actually a little jaunt by vehicle from my house taken at the Caribou townsite (Colorado).

Pasque flower:

Pasque flower, Rocky Mountain wildflower at Caribou townsite, Colorado.

Calypso orchid:

Calypso orchid, Rocky Mountain wildflower, Colorado.

Wild iris just about to unfurl its petals (a couple hours later they were down), a little bug checking out the inside: 

Wild iris bloom just about to open with a bug inside, Rocky Mountain wildflower, Colorado.

Shooting star with bumblebee guzzling some nectar:

Bumblebee drinking nectar from a shooting star, Rocky Mountain wildflower, Colorado.

Colorado's state flower, the blue columbine: 

Colorado state flower, blue columbine, Rocky Mountain wildflower, Colorado.

Spotted coral root, an extremely tiny, delicate orchid: 

Spotted coral root, Rocky Mountain wildflower, Colorado.

Wood lily waiting for some little insect feet to come spread its pollen:

Wood lily, Rocky Mountain wildflower, Colorado.

Another columbine holding up its friend ... looks like its petals are wrapped around the little white flower as in a side hug.

*07.03.2020*

 

4.17.2020. Who knew goats could fly?? They apparently can in Morocco! Or maybe they climbed on the camel's back to get up!? (ha) On the road between Marrakech and Essaouira.

Goats in trees on the road between Marrakech and Essaouira, Morocco.

*04.17.2020*

 

4.3.2020. In the spectacular Bahia Palace in Marrakech, Morocco. A spot of colorful stained glass showing through a latticed gate behind two beautiful wooden doors. These layers of intricacy and beauty define the architectural style of the palace built in the late 1800s. 

In the Bahia Palace, Marrakech, Morocco. Stained glass showing through a metal gate, painted wooden doors and colored tilework.

*04.03.2020*

 

3.20.2020. Stunning and opulent Saadian Tombs in the middle of Marrakech's medina, Morocco. An unlikely sight, such open peaceful space surrounded by the crowded narrow alleys of the medina. Built in the late 1500s. 

Inside the Saadian Tombs, Marrakech, Morocco.

*03.20.2020*

 

2.21.2020.  Back to Ixtapa, Mexico! And my favorite little lagoon, Popoyote Lagoon at Playa Linda. Sadly, things changed a lot this year and it was much harder to get photographs of the wildlife. But this was a toothy morning at the inlet where the lagoon meets the beach. 

American crocodiles with mouths open, Popoyote Lagoon, Playa Linda, Ixtapa Mexico.

*02.21.2020*

 

 

 

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The caretaker of the precarious Xianglongsi Temple above the Yellow River in Jiaxian City told us a story that one time someone left offerings only at the main temple there to the Buddha. The next day at the little shrine for the land god, there was an enormous snake all coiled up inside it. The caretaker said the land god was mad that he didn’t get the same offerings as the Buddha. So the caretaker put an offering in the little shrine himself, and the next day the snake had gone. So he warned all of us that if we gave anything or burned any incense in the main temple, we couldn’t forget to do so at the smaller shrine also.

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