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Rocky Mountain Glaciers

“Rocky Mountain Glaciers”
Photo of the Week #44, selected in March, 2020

I was fortunate to have lived in Centennial State for a few years and was able to see some beautiful and extraordinary scenery, like the glaciers below, sitting high up in the Rocky Mountains. The orange on the cliffs is not rust but lichen, a composite organism that arises from algae. Lichen is long-lived, being considered one of the oldest forms of life on the planet.

Glacial geology can be seen nearly everywhere throughout the many ranges making up the Rocky Mountains. Ice is a powerful sculptor and large masses of moving ice are among its most powerful tools. While the glaciation periods are largely in the past, the Rockies still have several small glaciers.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
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The Donut Hole

“The Donut Hole”
Photo of the Week #43, selected in March, 2020

Ever since I took this photo in the Colorado Rockies, I’ve referred to it as my “Donut Hole” picture. I guess it reminds me of powdered sugar donut. Sometimes a name just sticks…

This shot was taken from the top of the slopes above Winter Park. We don’t ski but traveled to the top of the Continental Divide via snow plow. If you haven’t experienced winter in Colorado, it should be on your to-do list. The Winter Park resort area, owned by the City of Denver, ranges from 8,700 to 12,060 feet above sea level and is considered sub-alpine country. It is snow-covered for about six months a year.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
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Snow Moon
Snow Moon

“Snow Moon”
Photo of the Week #41, selected in February, 2020

It’s unusual to witness a moon rising from a mountain gap. It happens even less often during winter and snow is covering the mountains, and it’s more uncommon still to see it in daylight without the usual winter cloud cover. I was remarkably fortunate to capture this shot of the moon rising between Mosquito Peak and Mt. Arkansas in the Arapaho National Forest in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

This photo was taken just north of Leadville, Colorado, the highest (by elevation) incorporated city in the country (10,152 feet), the gap viewed from SR 91.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-snow-moondsc_art?IMID=df8c6ec9-694a-4719-bfec-22df074fa575


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Alpine Ice
Alpine Ice

“Alpine Ice”
Photo of the Week #39, selected in February, 2020

On the highest paved road in the United States, ending at the peak of a “fourteener,” Mount Evans, in Central Colorado, winter tends to be long. This photo was taken in June, not January, a few years ago, right after the road was opened for the summer season. This is a shot of Summit Lake, along Mount Evans Scenic Drive, a little more than five miles from the peak.

From outherecolorado.com: This alpine lake sits nestled in a glacier-carved cirque below 14,264-foot Mount Evans and 13,842-foot Mount Spalding. The area, designated in 1965 as Colorado’s first National Natural Landmark, is considered an excellent example of alpine tundra in the United States, with numerous alpine plants growing among the boulders.

If you plan a visit, make sure you are aware of altitude sickness, which can cause headaches, vomiting, tiredness, confusion and dizziness. For some, the conditions can be serious. Here is more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altitude_sickness

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-alpine-icedsc_art?IMID=5182a5bf-2aa5-4b75-bbde-71ff9124562c


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Mush!
Mush!

“Mush!”
Photo of the Week #35, selected in January, 2020

There is no iconic Iditarod race in Colorado, but that doesn’t mean the conditions in some parts of the state don’t dictate a certain mode of transportation. This photo was taken from State Highway 9, about an hour or so northwest of Pueblo. When the wind is blowing and the snow is drifting over the highway, this musher can actually move faster than traffic on the road.

According to Colrado.com, “From mid-November until mid-April, depending on snow conditions, several operators throughout the state offer a variety of dog-sledding tours. Owners, mushers and handlers all take a great amount of pride in their dogs. And if you ask around, you’ll find that they don’t just run dogs to make a living — they hook them up to the sled every winter to see them do two things they love: pull and run.”

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https://www.imagekind.com/-mushdsca_art?IMID=86e698ee-17db-499b-8e11-4a01588f1577


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Early Winter in Clinton Gulch
Early Winter in Clinton Gulch

“Early Winter in Clinton Gulch”
Photo of the Week #33, selected in December, 2019

The reservoir behind the Clinton Gulch Dam near Copper Mountain and Breckenridge in Colorado has always been photogenic. Fortunately, I was never scared off by a few inches of snow in this part of the state and was eventually rewarded. I was astounded by this beautiful reflected image of the alpine backdrop of the Tenmile Range that includes Fletcher Mountain, Wheeler Mountain, Clinton Peak, and Bartlett Mountain, along with a nice layer of contrasting snow.

Easily accessed along the Top of the Rockies Byway (CO Highway 91), just 20 minutes northeast of Leadville, the reservoir is a very popular tourist stop. It’s mountain trail is about 2.5 miles round-trip and sits between 10,986′ and 11,125′ of elevation.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-early-winter-in-clinton-gulchdsc_art?IMID=4dbe880f-af7b-4257-9401-c7d55a1a74e6


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Waiting for a Friend
Waiting for a Friend

“Waiting for a Friend”
Photo of the Week #31, selected in December, 2019

This photo was taken in St. Elmo, a renovated ghost town in Central Colorado. Here, blue jays, chipmunks and other species seem to live in harmony, as this photo of a Steller’s jay sharing a snack with a chipmunk clearly demonstrates.

Founded in 1880, the former mining town lies in the heart of the Sawatch Mountain Range off Highway 285, around 20 miles from Buena Vista. It rests at an elevation of 9,961 feet and is definitely worth a visit

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An Elevated Garden
An Elevated Garden

“An Elevated Garden”
Photo of the Week #28, selected in November, 2019

High up in the Colorado Rockies is a popular hiking trail through Guanella Pass. This trail takes you to one of Colorado’s “Fourteeners,” Mount Bierstadt, and is laced with scenic views. I especially enjoy the wild alpine flower gardens, few and far between, scattered around the mountainous terrain.

When I first viewed this, one of my iconic Colorado shots, I wondered how a single purple “pioneer plant” came to take residence in this field of yellow “old man of the mountain” wildflowers. But then, after looking closely, I could see others far behind the yellow blooms near the green shrubs.

A quick note about alpine or tundra wildflowers from amylaw.blog: “[They’re] small. There just isn’t time in the short, high-altitude summer to get big, especially when flowers cost the plant so much in terms of energy. And they are spread far apart, to ensure that they get plenty of sun and water. So you’re not going to see meadows dense with flowers blowing in the wind.” You can see that this is a unique field of tundra flowers, larger but still separated within their field.

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An Icy Poudre River
An Icy Poudre River

“An Icy Poudre River”
Photo of the Week #27, selected in November, 2019

In the Northern Colorado Rockies runs a river through the famous, winding Poudre Canyon that stretches east from near the Continental Divide. This river truly has four seasons and is subject to widespread flooding in the spring, swift and calm rafting flows in the summer and fall, and frozen areas in the cold winter. This is my favorite photo of the “Cache la Poudre River” — I could stare at it for hours.

The Poudre (“poo-der” by locals) Canyon runs from Fort Collins, north of Denver, to Walden and North Park, approaching the Western Slope. It is a drive to remember, filled with narrow, rocky sections of the canyon and beautiful river scenes.

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Snack Time for a Chipmunk
Snack Time for a Chipmunk

“Snack Time for a Chipmunk”
Photo of the Week #12, selected in August, 2019

Not far from the popular Bear Lake in the Rocky Mountain National Park is another, smaller pool, the beautiful Sprague Lake, where I have taken many photos. One such pic was this chipmunk, seemingly impervious to my presence. Evidently nothing stands between a chipmunk and his snack…

As always, please click on the link to view the clear, full-color image:

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