Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cliff Palace of Mesa Verde


The family and I took a great day trip to Mesa Verde National Park on Saturday to take advantage of free admission for Public Lands Appreciation day. The weather was perfect and the crowds did not seem to be too bad, but I have no previous experience to gauge that from. This was the first time I have visited the park and now I can't wait to return. We only scratched the surface of the park and much more awaits.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Low Clouds

Clouds rush over the top of Raiders Ridge after an intense thunderstorm

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Western Tananger

A female Piranga ludoviciana hanging in the serviceberry tree in my yard

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014

With the Rains Come Mushrooms

A type of Inky Cap (Coprinoid) has been taking advantage of all the recent moisture available and several of them have been popping up in my yard lately.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Vallecito Lake during the rain

Here's a shot I took at Vallecito Lake while a large rainstorm was bearing down on us. My window washing crew and I were up there doing some work and we got lucky in finishing the job before the drops started dropping.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Olathe Sweet Corn

I had a trip recently to Grand Junction, Colorado and made a stop in Olathe to take this picture of their famous sweet corn. This is not in Durango, but I consider it to be in my area

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Storms over the Mountains

There have been some spectacular thunderstorms over the mountains this month. All the extra water is helping keep the wildfires away. Let's hope it continues.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

La Plata View

As seen from the southern part of the Animas River Valley near the state line.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rockwood

Looking down on the Rockwood area from the cliffs of the Glacier Club

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

No Special Ability

A funny carving I saw yesterday. I feel like this could be me sometimes.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Waking up Wet

A steady rain fell most of the night last night, leaving everything nice and wet. Oh, how I love the monsoon season!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Four Corners Gem and Mineral Show

This weekend there was the Four Corners Gem and Mineral show hosted by the Four Corners Mineral Club of Durango. Every year there are tons of amazing rocks, crystals, jewelery and other neat things to see. I highly recommend going to a rock show like this where you live.
  
 
Large Amazonite (blue) and Smokey Quartz crystals (black)
 This guy is the miner who found all of these

 Thunderegg Agate
 I didn't find out the name of this neat mineral
 A large sample of Crinoid fossils
 Fishy fossils
 Trilobites!
So many things to look at!!
 The items I purchased for my own collection.




Sunday, July 13, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Popcorn Clouds

These Cumulonimbus calvus clouds have been popping up in the sky most afternoons. They are a sure sign that the monsoon season has begun

Friday, July 11, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wide Open

Large agricultural fields open the sky to immense proportions.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Idyllic Florida Canyon

The small amount of water carried by the Florida River transforms the arid high desert into a lush canyonland and creates a habitat for men and beasts.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Free Library

A thoughtful collection of books free for anyone to borrow and exchange. Found on the 1400 block of E. 2nd Ave, Durango.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mackerel Sky

Buttermilk clouds foretell of wet weather for later in the day

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Hangin' with Louis L' Amour

Louis L'Amour was an American author who wrote western stories and tales of frontier life in the Western United States. This photo was taken on his ranch outside of Mancos, Colorado. We do window cleaning on the many structures on the ranch and my imagination tends to run off across the hills and up the buttes whenever I find myself there.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Monsoons are Coming

The North American Monsoon is a weather phenomenon that the populations of the Southwestern US look forward to and rely on for moisture and fire control. It occurs when solar heating of the terrain creates a low pressure trough that pulls moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico and brings it into the desert southwest. The result is rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon of most days. In many places, the monsoon provides a substantial part of the area's total yearly rainfall. I hope we have a very wet, fire-free season this year.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hermosa Cliffs

A small section of a huge escarpment known as the Hermosa  Cliffs, north of Durango.

Monday, June 30, 2014