As the weekend winds down, those of us who want to squeeze the last drops of fun from it enjoy the sunset as we look for moose. Tonight there were none, but the magnificent sky, wildflowers, and a lone duck in the lake were enough.
Flowers freshly picked
hummingbirds dining, dancing
and coffee to sip.
Views from Saturday morning.
Same happy puppy.
These photos were taken with my Cannon 720
Views of the Continental Divide in the distance, vibrant wildflowers on either side of the trail, and Charlie enjoying the freedom to run and expend his endless energy. A great way to spend the morning.
Recipe for a successful trail hike:
✅ one active pup
✅ a beautiful trail with wildflowers
✅ nice weather
✅ Charlie chasing butterflies and exploring but always staying close!
Each day brings delight
as I travel the forest
Thinking about 2017, I’ve read so many best of lists – books, movies, cupcakes. I decided to choose best photo memories of my year. Wishing everyone a 2018 full of good memories.
January: full moon through the trees
February: First run of the day skiing with the sun and moon in full view.
March: Lenticular clouds resting above peaks as seen from Magnolia Rd.
April: Cloud formation that served as inspiration for my second picture book, Gustavo’s Big Idea.
May: A visit to the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium included many highlights but the best of all was the day at Keukenhof Gardens.
June: So many great hikes and amazing wildflowers this month. My favorite photo captures both of these – my friend Michelle’s beautiful dog Bhakti with columbines.
July: Southampton Writers Conference. I spent two weeks working on my craft with amazing mentors and peers who wrote children’s books, poetry, literary fiction, memoirs, and plays. I got to be a fangirl meeting many inspiring writers and made new writer friends who continue to provide love, support, and feedback.
August: Morning glory visited by a Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. Our first high altitude garden included many successes, including vegetables and flowers that served to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
September: exquisite fall colors featuring aspens juxtaposed with pines along Peak to Peak highway – a favorite spot for leaf peepers.
October: A visit to Detroit was definitely a highlight for me personally as I spent time with my daughter and her boyfriend. A fabulous weekend with amazing people.
November: sunrise from my window. Each morning, I’m reminded how lucky I am to live in this magical setting.
December: the roof of my new garage is almost complete. It’s been a long journey building it, and I’m looking forward to my car being safe and sound inside it in 2018.
October 2 and we have snow. I’m still new to the weather patterns here in the Rockies. If you’ll notice, the mini snowman is adjacent to plants that are still happily growing.
The photos above are from a nearby hike less than twenty-four hours ago. Full fall colors and mostly blue skies. This exquisite flower was picked from our garden only two days ago.
And now today, I’ve woken up to snow.
I know it will melt and we’ll again see the 50’s later this week but it’s still not what I was hoping to see out my window only 10 days into fall.
The joy that comes from eating what you’ve grown with your own hands and hard work, planting seeds, watering them, patiently waiting to see what will grow is a primal. Our vegetable and herb garden has been truly a magical part of our summer.
Some of our plants were lost to rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks or the challenges of high altitude gardening. But the exquisite shades of green as I pick arugula, spinach, and lettuce more than make up for the disappointments. If you have never eaten “just picked”broccoli, go to a farm or farmers market soon. And next season, grow your own. 😎
We also have created wildflower gardens where there was nothing before. Again, the leap of faith to put seeds in the ground and water and wait has paid off. As we enjoy these last days of summer, I’m appreciating every aspect of the season and the land.