Friday, September 30, 2011

Strawberry Park Hot springs

In our adventure to Steamboat, we discovered a place called Strawberry Park Hot springs. Its quite a place, with flower gardens, hobbit houses built into the rock faces, and wonderfully hot waters.

You can ready more about Strawberry Park Hot springs.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gratuitous shots of Andy ... Kathleen is there too!

Andy is not a good camper. He's a definite homebody. He was quite perturbed that we hadn't returned home to sleep and he decided to climb into Kathleen's lap to express his feelings.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Rabbit Ears Motel

Another shot from our August trip to Steamboat Springs. The motel is named after a local rock feature called Rabbit Ears Pass.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sign of the times

This was taken in North Central Colorado. Most of the ranchers have rigs on their property. It just happened to be flaming while we drove by. Later, it wasn't burning. Colorado has seen an explosion in oil and natural gas development over the last decade. We've got large fracking projects happening on the Western slope. It came as a rude shock to many ranchers to discover that they don't own the mineral right on their property. Despite the pretty ads on TV, fracking has been surrounded by controversy due to the claims of damaged ground water. This is my favorite. Who says water can burn!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Flower in the forest

One of the big surprises in hiking around Steamboat is the lushness of the forest floor. We found a micro climate with ferns and moss. The light was filtering through the trees when I shot this.


This is one of a number of photos shot while visiting Steamboat Springs just last month. This was taken along the bike path through town along the Yampa river. My earlier attempts to capture one of these this sumer just hasn't worked out. I suspect its partly due to the lighting. This one has great detail.