Colorado has several ways in which a town can be incorporated. It gets pretty complicated, but one type is the City-County. Denver is both a City and a County and has some kind of combined governing structure. Since I don't live there I haven't bothered to delve into the details, but there is a Wikipedia entry on Colorado City Charters.
It snowed a bit today. Just a dusting and nothing to photograph. So let's continue with more warm summer thoughts. There will be plenty of opportunities to revist winter between now and the end of March.
The Taste of Colorado, held at the Civic Center in downtown Denver, is the big end of summer festival:
The Civic Center is a Prak and Colonade area between the State Capitol Building and the Denver City-County Building. Here a veiew across the park towards the Capitol.
And a closer view of the Denver City-County Building.
These Photos were taken with a Lomo Plastic Fisheye Camera. There is a whole world of Plastic camera Fanaticism out there. Just search on Lomography and see what you find.
For several years now we have been making photo calendars for our family and friends. I wanted to share this years calendar here, because it is a Front Range theme. We have three 14000+ ft mountains in the Front Range: Longs Peak, Mt Evans and Pikes Peak. The latter two have roads to the summit. At least twice a year we venture up Mt Evans, and made it the theme for our 2010 Calendar: Summer on Mt Evans.
Today let's start with the Cover, and tomorrow we'll see the January photo. Then each month we'll see the calendar photo for the month:
Continuing the theme these next few days of getting to know our hometown: A view down our main street: Public Road. We are standing on the east side of the street looking north. Local lore says that the original owner of the land, Mary Miller, would not allow any alcohol or drinking east of Public Road; strictly temperance. The town is named for her husband Lafayette Miller. He got the name, but she owned the land, and several coal mines. We will delve into the coal mining history of the area later.
We attended the Lafayette Oatmeal Festival Saturday. Having lived here for 3 years now, we had never managed to make it. Aside from ostentatious product placement (see below), it was actually a community health fair sponsored by our local hospital.
In addition to 'healthy eating', we sampled the oatmeal baking contest and actually learned some interesting information about services in our community at the health fair.
I've been notified that we are now listed with 'Around the World' a daily photblog about places rather than Cities only. That's great and just what we were aiming for. And Welcome to any new visitors from'Around the World'.
I thought it was about time that we began introducing you to our town, Lafayette, Colorado.
Around the corner from our Home is the City's reservoir surrounded by a park. We often walked our dog here as did many residents. A few months after we moved here, bad teenagers burned down the Boat House, where people could rent canoes and paddle boats to float around the lake.
Last July the new Boat House was dedicated. and we also had an opportunity to learn more about our town's history.
Here a view of the New Boat House. Both photos were taken with my grandfather's 'Argus Brick'. For more on the camera follow the link.
Tomorrow I'll post color photos from the opening. And over the nexr week or so we will continue the introduction the Hometown Lafayette.
Trail Ridge Road crosses the Continental Divide into the Grand Valley, headwaters of the Colorado River. It closes in October each year, ending direct access to the far western part of Rocky Mountain National Park until June. You can still get there, but its a long ride around!
At the end of October, they pack up and closed down the Alpine Visitor's Center for the season. It is up there quietly waiting to be re-opened in the Spring.
(And Yes, we did decide to change the Blog name before we got too far into it).
A Close-up of the summit area taken from the same vantage point as the banner. I had wanted at some point to climb Longs Peak but having read its history, have changed my mind. But I do plan on hiking to Chasm Lake for my Birthday in May (or perhaps June, depending on the snow cover).
Yesterday we took a ride through Rocky Mountain National Park. This is one of many glacial valleys, looking west and into a snow storm that was passing through. We'll share more photos from our ride this week.
Also see above our banner photo of Longs Peak taken from Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP).
First, Thanks to my two new followers! CDP had not yet notified me that I was registered, but now let's get started!
I know that it doesn't look like a gardening prep area at the moment.
I am a frustrated mid-westerner trying to grow flowers from my childhood in a climate not quite suited to it.
I tried starting my own seedlings last year, but the growing season is too short, and many of my plants were damaged by a late snow storm.
An organic farmer that know suggested starting the seeds indoors in my basement. This will require significant lighting, but anything to get my flowers started. Once I get my 'indoor farming' setup I'll share it with you.