Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Edge of the Mesa

Fort Lewis College recently installed this table on the rim of the mesa. One of the best spots in town to take lunch

Monday, July 30, 2012

It all starts here

The USA Pro Challenge is soon to be happenning, and as the event draws near, we are seeing morre and more banners, flyers and other promotions for the race which is being billed as the "Tour de France" of Colorado. It is being estimated that there could be as many as 30,000 visitors to our little town over the week of the event. Surely, it is an event not to be missed!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Flow of the Florida

The Florida (pronounced flo-ree-da, not like the state) is flowing heavy near the Lemon Dam.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

A morning stroll through the park

I meet my coworkers on a street across from this park in the early mornings, and I am always attracted to the green glow of the sunlight as it filters through the tree leaves and highlights the leaves of grass.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Flash Flood

A brief thunderstorm brought enough rain to overwhelm many of the storm drains around town. This one here is loaded with silt and debris, affecting the color of the river.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mesa Market

A great place to stop for snacks and drink if you are on the outskirts of town. "Country Convenience" at it's finest

Monday, July 23, 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012

View to the North

This is looking north from the summit of Engineer Mountain. The San Juans extend into the distance. Please click the photo to enlarge. This is the last post of my Engineer hike.

Friday, July 20, 2012


After two hours of hiking, we make it to the summit. 12968 ft / 3953 m

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Negotiating the Crux

Here we are passing through the most difficult part of the climb. We had to stem up and out of a rock chimney and once out, we were greeted by this exposed flank of the mountain. Here is where Engineer really starts to take on the ccrumbly, rotten characteristics or the rock that are so typical of the San Juan Mountains. This traverse would normally be a walk in the park, but we were faced with many "souvenir" holds. Holds that come out into your hand as you grab them. For me, this just added a new level of excitement and really made me conscious of what I was doing.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Approaching the Crux

The trail is beginning to follow a natural cleavage in the rock, and the hardest part of the climb is just on the other side. To our left is the jagged and crumbly wall of stone and to our right is a few hundred feet of air.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Really getting up there

As we climb higher and our elevation grows, the view starts to open up around us. Looking Northwest toward Grizzly Peak (13, 738 ft).

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Wildflower season in the high country

A friend and I took a hike to the summit of Engineer Mountain yesterday and I was surprised that we happened to be in the middle of wildflower season in the high country. It was meadow after meadow of multi-hued flowers crowding the grasses

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Mushrooms on the Lawn

This lawn on W. 2nd Ave. is crowded with Argaricus arvensis, also known as the Horse Mushroom. This is a sure sign that we have been receiving much needed rain.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Monsoon Season is Finally Here

And just in the nick of time. If there was no monsoon, I don't think this area of the country would be as comfortable as it is

Monday, July 9, 2012

Point Lookout

 This rock formation of Point Lookout Sandstone is named for a geological feature on Mesa Verde, but the name suits it well as it tends to form cliffs and prominences most places it is expressed. Here it forms the capstone ledge of the monocline that is Raiders Ridge and overlooks the valley below.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

This is my kind of rock show

The Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club hosted its 59th annual gem and mineral show through the weekend. This photo showcases only a tiny selection of the rocks, gems, minerals and jewelery displayed for sale.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

Pano Sunset

A panoramic from the edge of the mesa overlooking town. Please click to enlarge.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Goat's Beard

These Yellow Salisfy ( AKA Goat's Beard) were growing in the riparian area around a small spring that comes off the Fort Lewis College campus

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Gnome Home/ Fairy Door

I was walking up 8th street and happened to look down and noticed this small stoop and yard.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Window Cleaner Shadows

I caught this cool shot while at work, like most of my photos. I really do have the perfect job for going to all parts of our area and getting to see those "million dollar views."  Randy, I hate to say, but most of those good hiking spots are usually on or around private property. I feel privileged to have access to the view sheds around and I love sharing them with an audience who would most likely never see what is really out there

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Theme Day; Chimneys

The old smoke stack at the Powerhouse as seen from the Swinging Bridge.

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