Category Archives: Trees

Sunset at County Roads 13 and 96 in Weld County

Sunset at County Roads 13 and 96 in Weld County

“Home is, ultimately, that place where we find the peace and harmony that comes from learning to live with the knowledge of our own imperfections and from learning to accept the imperfections of others.” Ernest Kurtz

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Memorial Day Begins

Memorial Day Sunrise on County Road 13

Memorial Day Sunrise on County Road 13

I awoke at 4:00 am, made a French Press coffee, put it in my thermos then drove out east to Weld County in anticipation of the morning sunrise. It is a beautiful day. We had a few rain showers yesterday afternoon which makes it a bit humid and therefore I came home chilled. However, the need to be out there and listen to all the Meadowlarks singing to me and watch the sun rise was worth it.

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Twisted and Bent

Twisted and Bent

Twisted and Bent

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” – Carl Jung

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First Snowfall

Cottonwood Tree at Fischer Nature Area trail

Cottonwood Tree at Fischer Nature Area trail

We received our first snowfall yesterday. I took this at the entrance to the Fisher Nature Area trail near my condo. This morning we are at 19 degrees and frost on windows. Stay warm.

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The Cottonwood Tree

The Cottonwood Tree

“Today everything exists to end in a photograph.” ― Susan Sontag

Here is another image from my walk at the Arapaho Bend Nature Area this past weekend. Hope everyone is enjoying their leftover candy from Halloween Night. Strange how we always buy too much of it. 🙂

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Along the Rivers Edge

Poudre River at North Shields Ponds trail.

Poudre River at North Shields Ponds trail.

Instead of taking my walk around the block I headed to the North Shields Ponds nature area. The Poudre River runs along the nature area and this is where I stopped and sat along the rivers edge. The clear skies made for wonderful fall colors. The soft sound of the gentle flow of the river was soothing. A good way to start the day.

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Back to Nature

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Clouds and blue sky at the Arapaho Bend Nature Area.

Needed a reprieve from the city noise and tension it seems to generate. So, I dropped my grandson off at work on Saturday afternoon then drove to the Arapaho Bend Nature Area. Loved the blue sky against the brown trees and the soft delicate scattered clouds in this image. Lots of people out with the same idea. My intentions were to get out and walk, find a place to sit and read a book. Of course I just happen to have my camera, so when nature provides scenes I accept them. Just off to the left of this image was a photographer working on some family portraits. Hope they turn out okay.

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Milkweed pods and seeds, another generation, found along the trail.

I find milkweeds almost everywhere. They are abundant along our rivers and I found them abundant while living in Ohio. They are a source of food for many insects and an attractor for monarch butterflies. However, they are not recommended for human consumption. Better off eating that banana or trail mix. Just enjoy their beauty!

Afternoon starburst against a cottonwood tree

Afternoon starburst against a cottonwood tree in the Fall

I have several images of this tree with the sun directly behind it. It seems to always be in that same location and offering me another photo opportunity but each time with different light, foliage and cloud patterns. So, they are never the same image. I enjoyed getting back to nature and letting it touch me inside.

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