Thursday, July 29, 2010

Gardening.....


Those of you following this blog for a while no that I am an avid gardener....  I had tons of lovely squash blossoms this year, but alas on one zucchini!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Something Lurking Behind the Rocks

On our recent trip to Rocky Mountain National Park we encountered some of the 'locals' on the alpine tundra........


The the ubiquitous RMNP Elk


One of our friends has a radio collar (right)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Logging Cabin near Ranger Lakes


The State Forest was originally managed for the lumber industry........now long gone.....

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Real Moose at Brainard Lake

 The Moose statue had wonderful detail.....



 But lest you fell cheated, here are some real local moose.


 These guys were actually hanging out at Red Rocks Lake (Brainard Lake recreational area)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Moose at the Colorado State Forest

North Park is considered the 'Moose Capital' of Colorado.  Moose viewing is what the State Forest is best known for, but on three visits we saw lots of evidence (mostly droppings) but no real moose.  However, there is a life-sized moose statue at the Visitor's Center:



The big guy......



And me for scale......

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Dogs at Lake Agnes

Kelly (black) and Andy watching the fishermen at Lake Agnes

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Returning to the North Park Area: The Never Summer Range

Lake Agnes in the Never Summer Range


A fairly easy hike above the Ranger Lakes area.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

State Forest #6: March of the Pine Beetle


I mentioned this creature a few days ago.  It has turned green forests a dead red.

Michigan Lake at the Colorado State Forest.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Colorado State Forest #3: It Really is that Blue!


As usual not a cloud in the sky.  Which doesn't make for an interesting photo unless you add a dead tree!

Also at the Colorado State Forest.  No color adjustments and no polarizing lens because I was using a rangefinder......

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Colorado State Forest


Technically the name is "Colorado State Forest State Park", but that's a bit cumbersome.  Located near Walden on the east edge of North Park and directly over the Never Summer Range from Rocky Mountain National Park.  It was a real gem until the Pine Beetle arrived.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Back at the Boat House


The Lake Waneka Boat House,  Summer scene.

The new boat house was dedicated last summer; the origianl was burned down by arsonists.  The Police caught them, and the new baothouse is actually better than the first!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Front Range July #2

Argentine Pass


Waldorf Wall

Waldorf is one of many ghost towns at the top of Argentine Pass
Not much left, but this year we hope to get to Santiago, 
the most complete of the Argentine pass ghost towns.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Shirt Tail Peak


One of the major climbing sites in Eldorado Canyon.
The trees on the far wall provide some scale.  They are full grown.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Paw Prints


A close-up of the Bastille reveals a climber's route.