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Our Spring Snow Storm

The Cottonwood Tree on Fischer Nature Trail

The Cottonwood Tree on Fischer Nature Trail

It has been snowing for that past 24 hours, a heavy wet spring snow. Schools closed down yesterday afternoon as the snow accumulation was much more than predicted. There was no need or desire to be out in the mess, so yesterday I sat in my condo reading and writing while listening to tree branches snapping and cracking. I took down the soup from the freezer and put it on the stove. Nothing better than a winter storm outside and the smell of soup cooking inside. This storm has brought some heavy damage to our trees.

Picnic Tables at Rowland Moore Park

Picnic Tables at Rowland Moore Park

This morning I ventured to Rowland Moore Park in the interest of seeing how much damage to the trees. I was surprised to see only small to medium branches were broken and no trees down. But, I also could see the amount of snow accumulation on the picnic tables. I read this morning the snow accumulation on Fort Collins was 5 inches. However, I estimated 8 inches at my condo and by looking at this table that seems accurate.

Tree Damage at CSU Campus

Tree Damage at CSU Campus

The campus at Colorado State University took some heavy damage. This sidewalk is along Shields Avenue on the west side of campus. I was shocked as I drove along and needed to stop a few images of the damage. In this image you can see multiple tree branches down and one tree completely uprooted and laying in the parking lot. Just around the corner from here was a massive tree that had come done and was on top a someones car. They are not going to be happy. 🙁

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Snowman 

Snowman

Snowman

As I drove home Friday afternoon I noticed this new snowman in the front yard of a home along Mountain Avenue. Turned the car around so I could meet this fellow and see if he’d let me post an image of him on my blog. He had a Kool hat. I thought I heard him say yes. 🙂

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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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An Interesting Quote

20161031_dscf9870The photographer must be a part of the picture. – Arnold Newman

So, does that mean every photo is a selfie?

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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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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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Big Leaf Maple

Big Leaf Maple

Big Leaf Maple

Today is my mother’s 85 th birthday. Happy birthday , young lady!

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